Camp Options

1 or 2 weeks?

The Hoosier Debate Camp has one and two week options for each style of debate. How do you choose?

Two Weeks (June 29 - July 13)

More time with our incredible staff! The skills honed in debate are applicable throughout your lifetime. To be well-rounded and confident orators, it requires constant development and adaption of your speaking abilities to dynamic audiences and situations. Two weeks with our staff will result in a a foundational understanding of debate, a working knowledge of the year's debate topic, along with advanced and targeted lectures and drills to increase your overall success. We make sure you enact the knowledge derived in lectures through practice. 

The Perks!
**More tournament rounds: Two week students will debate in two tournaments, one at the end of the first week and a second at the end of the last week. This guarantees 8 valuable tournament rounds. 
**More practice debates: Each debater will engage in at least three practice debate rounds each week. 
**More redoes: After practice debates, campers will "perfect" their speeches with one-on-one teaching with our staff. **Advanced lectures: 1 week students may learn the critical and foundational basics while two week students will go more indepth. Some of our staff have been in debate for 15+ years and we learn something new about debate and our topics every day. 
**More time in Bloomington!: Try our restaurants, see one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, and enjoy the unbeatable company of driven intellectually curious students and staff. 

1 Week (June 29-July 6 OR July 6 - July 13)

1 week camp attendees are promised a curriculum that focuses on providing you with a solid foundation. Debate camp is a bridge to the season, we want our camp graduates to have the skills to hit the ground running with the skills and momentum to reach their goals. Each attendee will engage in at least three practice debates, targeted “perfection” redos with our staff, and a real tournament at the end of the week.

Debate fundamentals include:
**Topic knowledge (Policy especially)
**Evidence analysis, production, and organization
**Deliver speeches with confidence, organization, solid logic, and ethos
**Cross examination – handle the truth and ask strategic questions
**Preparation is the key to success – know what to do before and in between tournaments
**Learn to debate local and national level competition
**Form and structure of arguments in debate
**We will work on the skills YOU need to improve!