Debate Camp

Hoosier Debate Camp 2023

Students and Parents, 

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Indiana University Hoosier Debate Camp (HDC). After two years of covid delays, we will be hosting our 10th middle school and high school debate camp during the summer of 2023 in-person and on the beautiful IU Bloomington campus!

The tentative dates are (Week 1) June 25-July 2nd, (Week 2) June 25-July 8th, and (Two-Weeks) June 25 - July 9th.

Our camp is for students of all backgrounds and experience levels. If you are looking for a high impact, event filled, educational summer camp experience, that will help build your confidence and skills in speaking, argumentation, research, and more, our staff is here for you! 

Since hosting the HDC in 2010, ~1000 students from over 20 states and three countries have attended and achieved consistent success in competitive debates in their regions, states, and at national tournaments. Our staff is here to give you the education you need to succeed at any level and style of debate. 

We will offer overnight and commuter registration options. Our overnight camp will include the opportunity to experience college dorm-life in some of IU's best facilities. If you live in the Bloomington community, you will have the opportunity to commute, however we do suggest staying in the dorms since events can start in the morning (9 AM) and end later at night (8-9 PM). 

Debate Lab Event Opportunities*
Option A: Public Speaking and Advocacy Camp
Option B: Public Forum Debate
Option C: Lincoln Douglas Debate
Option D: Policy Debate

*Labs are "classes" where students are divided into groups with shared interests in debate styles. Lab size and options will be based on registrant numbers. If registrants are low, we may need to cancel an event. Registrants will be offered the opportunity to attend other labs. 

Public Speaking and Advocacy Camp: The PSA Camp will focused on students who would like to hone their speaking skills outside of the competitive nature of a "debate." Students will learn about public speaking, argumentation, and advocacy. They will write and perform several speeches (oratory, impromptu, extemperaneous, policy, and ceremonial). 

Public Forum Debate: PF debate is a partner based debate where students are part of a two-person team. A resolution, often based on current events, is provided and changed several times during a year of competition. Our camps often cover at least two resolutions a week. The student and their partner are paired against an opposing team and then assigned to a "Pro" or "Con" position on a resolution each round. Each debate is about 1 hour long, about 1/2 the speaking time as policy debate. 

Lincoln Douglas Debate: LD debate is a non-partner single person debate against a single opponent. LD resolutions tend to focus on moral or value based controversies and are often identified as the "philosophical" in type. LD resolutions change every month or two during the season, similar to PF. Each debate students are assigned to be affirmative or negative, assuring balanced switch side debating. 

Policy Debate: Policy debate is a partner team event. Policy resolutions are year-round and selected early in the calendar year. Policy historically has included a United States Federal Government acting to change a particular policy controversy. Since policy debate requires indepth research on a year-long topic, the debates are longer, about 2-hours, with twice the length of speaking times of other events. This allows the students more time to include depth of argumentation based on researched evidence. The summer camp resolution will be selected early in 2023 based on the National Speech and Debate Association topic selection. Five options remain: Agricultural Subsidies, Climate Change, Economic Inequality, Latin America, and South Asia. (Link)

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


June 25-July 9th

Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum

1-Week Option

June 25 - July 2nd

Policy, Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum

Speaking and Public Advocacy

June 25 - July 2nd

Public Speaking & Advocacy