Our free week-long Summer Debate Institute

We offer our camp exclusively to debaters in our program in order to make what is traditionally an expensive endevour available and in their community. We hire local debate experts from our expanding pool of alumni and local college programs. Their dedication to our mission is at the heart of our camp. We have labs for students of all experience levels from Novice to our competitive Scholars lab. Interested LAMDL debaters should register below.

Prepare for the New Season

We are proud to announce that our Summer Debate Institute will be returning for it's 12th year this July! This year's SDI will be completely online. While the venue has changed this year, the goal of our camp has not. Our Summer Debate Institute will still offer students an opportunity to prepare for the new debate season. Students will be taught by some of the country’s leading debate experts and will get a jumpstart on the upcoming debate topic.

The schedule each day will be divided into three portions: seminars, lab groups, and elective events. In the morning, students will participate in large group seminars where they will learn about the Criminal Justice Reform topic. In addition, students will receive expert advice on how to improve the key skills that are necessary to be successful in debate. In the afternoons, students will be placed into smaller lab groups where they will receive more personalized instruction and have an opportunity to practice and build upon the knowledge they gained from the seminars. Students will participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from speaking drills, argument construction and debate games to practice speeches and full practice debates. We will also feature professional guest speakers that are on the front lines of Criminal Justice Reform.

On Saturday, the last day of the institute, students will participate in a 3 round practice tournament followed by an awards ceremony where the best competitors will be honored. Attending a summer debate institute is among the most meaningful and influential experiences that a debater can have. Students from all backgrounds and experiences will benefit from the individualized instruction and the expert analysis provided by the staff of the Summer Debate Institute. Students will work on developing the skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. It is an opportunity that both new and experienced debaters will benefit from academically and socially. We look forward to seeing you in July!

Camp Resources

After this year's camp, we will post all of the resources produced here.