Debate teaches students vital skills like critical thinking, persuasive speaking, and efficient researching. Colleges have been very clear: debate is one of the best things a student can do to get a leg-up in the admissions process. In fact, many colleges go so far as to offer generous scholarships to former debaters. In a time where communication and public speaking are more important than ever for employers and for future success, debate is a perfect training ground for students.
"DebateDrills provided a platform for Jason to interact and learn with top debaters in the country, forming a strong bond with each other. Jason felt fully supported at tournaments. Words can not express my gratitude and appreciation to DebateDrills for teaching Jason all these years - I have no hesitations recommending DebateDrills to anyone who desires top notch debate training."
"Drilling with coaches and practicing with the other members made for a great and effective orientation to the wide and scary world of circuit debate."
Mark McDermott | DebateDrills Student
"Jackson grew tremendously as a debater because of the ongoing support from Debate Drills. I highly recommend DebateDrills to parents looking to have their children improve their debating skills and success."
Kati Hanna | DebateDrills Parent
We found that DebateDrills was invaluable for Asher. Asher went to a high school that did not have a robust debate program to prep and debate at the levels of his peers from more established schools. DebateDrills helped Asher build a sense of team and community that otherwise wouldn’t have existed.
Bill Towner | DebateDrills Parent
Students new to debate are our most valued and important students. We have a variety of options for them to begin their debate journey and learn concrete skills.
Introduction to Debate Summer Camp
Intermediate Debaters typically are looking for a deeper, focused approach to debate that helps them quickly improve their tournament results and their national rankings. We have worked with hundreds of students at this stage of development and recommend:
Core or Intensive Summer Camp
DebateDrills Club Team
Advanced Debaters are trying to become the best debater in the nation. They look for serious coaching support and are interested in winning the hardest tournaments in the country. We have consistently worked year after year with debaters ranked top 10 in the nation in the following ways to great success:
Intensive Summer Camp
DebateDrills Club Team
The benefits of debate have been well documented by the academic community. View any of the links below to find out more: