June 1 - June 30, 2021 | Online
The DebateDrills Online Speech and Debate Summer Camp is an unparalleled educational opportunity for students interested in Public Forum (PF), Congress, and Lincoln-Douglas (LD) debate. Designed for all ages and styles, students explore new skills and topics, dive deep into concepts they have previously struggled with, and work in structured learning progressions that are designed and guided by subject matter experts.
"Compared to other camps, the DebateDrills Online Summer Camp did an excellent job at fine-tuning their content depending on my individual needs. I was able to choose hours that worked well for me, work on other non-debate activities, and everyone was extremely accommodating."
- Sameer Nayyar | Loyola High School '21
3rd Place, 2020 Apple Valley Invitational
2021 TOC Qualifier
A past alumni of the program, Parker Whitfill, subsequently went on to win the Tournament of Champions, widely considered the most difficult and prestigious tournament in the United States. He summed up the program as follows:
“The main difference between DebateDrills’ Online Debate Camp and other residential debate camps is the focus on skill improvement. DebateDrills’ Online Camp was 75% skill focused while other residential camps I had attended were closer to 25%. Large residential debate camps simply don’t have the logistic capacity to drill with every student for multiple hours a day. I could focus on the stuff that really matters: rapidly improving my execution of skills that would be crucial in important debates the following year.
A major benefit of DebateDrills’ Online Debate Camp is that it was personalized. Working with DebateDrills allowed me to tailor the curriculum to my own needs, instead of arbitrarily being put into a group setting where debaters come from all parts of the country and have very different goals and needs. Because residential debate camps have such a diverse group of students in each "lab", they tend to focus on broad skills that will help every student in the lab, which is an inefficient method to teaching a competition like debate.”
The DebateDrills Online Summer Speech and Debate Camp is designed to help students rapidly accelerate their growth over the summer. Here’s a brief snapshot of the major offerings - click on a tab to learn more:
Individualized Learning Assessment (ILA)
Unlimited Lab Access
Structured Group Learning
Professional Online Software and Seamless User Experience
Access to Exclusive DebateDrills Video Library
In-House Library of Resources
Curated Summer Slack
Curated Camp Dropbox & Research Topic Starter Packets
Daily Office Hours
Virtual Camp-Wide Bonding Activities
Bonus Optional Activities
We offer 2 options for families interested in having their child attend our online camp. The Core Package is designed to resolve inefficiencies of traditional camps and provide learners with a challenging and comprehensive summer debate camp experience. The Intensive Package is for families interested in further individualized attention. We recommend the Intensive Package for students that want to make the most of their summer and are fully dedicated to success in debate.
We offer a $100 Referral Bonus for each referral! See our FAQs below for more information
Our approach to debate education is informed by decades of practice, pedagogical research, and unprecedented success. All of our camp directors have graduated from prestigious undergraduate institutions and were top competitors. Paras is a UC Berkeley graduate who left a PhD in education to become a professional debate coach. Cameron is a Yale Law graduate who left a career in law to do the same. Raffi is a Georgetown graduate who was one of the most successful dual LD and Policy competitors in competitive debate history. Together, they oversee the design of our curriculum and update it every year. Our approach is defined by a commitment to providing our students with:
We couple these commitments with an array of focus areas. Students should not have to sit through days of instruction they aren’t interested in. That’s why we have multiple debate “tracks” for students. We let the students’ interests dictate the field of study, and let our expertise dictate how that field is mastered. Click on the fields of argumentation below to explore what they entail!
Public Forum Debate Focus Area
Traditional Lincoln-Douglas Debate Focus Area
Introduction to Progressive Lincoln-Douglas Debate Focus Area
Cost-Benefit Analysis ("Policy") Debate Focus Area
Critical ("K") Debate Focus Area
Philosophical Framework Debate Focus Area
Theory and Topicality Debate Focus Area
All of the above tracks will utilize an host of different techniques to maximize student learning, including but not limited to:
Unlike other summer debate camps, we orient our instruction, tutoring, and seminars using the previous season’s debate topics (especially the TOC topic). Each track has beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions, and depending on the students Individual Learning Assessment, we craft a strategy and plan of attack for each student custom to their needs.