Debate Camp

Hoosier DIGITAL Debate Camp 2021 (Cancelled)

Covid-19 Camp Update (2021 March)

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
In the summer of 2020, the IU Debate team continued our 9 year tradition of hosting a successful low-cost debate camp, digitally, for our student campers. As we head into the summer of 2021 the Hoosier Debate Camp staff and I concluded that there is far too much uncertainty, life changes, and heavy lift workload needed to replicate the previous year's summer camp experience to the level of quality that we expect from our camp. 

After experiencing a year of online education, online debate, and all that covid has brought to our doorsteps, our program and staff plan to use the summer to retool, develop and prepare for a quasi-in-person 2021-2022 college debate season. 

While we are sad that a 2021 Hoosier Debate Camp will not occur, we are excited for the return of a 2022 in-person camp experience on the beautiful Indiana University Bloomington Campus. Our program is committed to operating as the premier hoosier college debate team that competes nationally while serving our region to expand quality-debate opportunities to those who wish to take part in the activity. 

Best wishes and good health,

Brian DeLong
IU Director of Debate
Senior Lecturer O'Neill SPEA
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Camp Details (Pre-Covid-19)

The 9th annual Hoosier Debate Camp is a premier debate institute designed for high school students and middle school students.

We teach three divisions of debate and a NEW public speaking lab: Policy (CX) Debate, Lincoln Douglas, and Public Forum. 

NEW in 2020! We have added a Speaking and Public Advocacy skills!

The Monday-Friday camp provides a fun and introductory curriculum focused on speaking and oratory around issues of public significance.  

Our faculty have the experience to teach you the skills that you need to succeed. 

Since starting the institute we have already graduated 500 students from 18 states. Our students have gone on to late outrounds at national tournaments, they have consistently won their state championships, their urban debate league championships, and other outstanding accolades. 

Overall amazing camp! Excited for next season and I really feel prepared.

~2016 Attendee

Had a great time, and I learned a lot. The dorms were really nice, and the counselors were cool.

-2017 Attendee

For the questions that read “My lab leaders were knowledgable" and “My research and case writing skills improved” the scale was only 1 to 5. I wanted to rate 10/10. Thank you for a great camp!

2019 Attendee

Camp Date Options


July 6th - July 18th

Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum

1-Week Option

July 6th - July 11th

Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum

Speaking and Public Advocacy

July 13th - July 17th

Speaking and Public Advocacy Lab