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Effective communication is a life skill and includes mastery of both critical-thinking and delivery skills. Our camps include expert instruction and hands-on application to help students examine the what, why, and how behind the ideas they encounter, and articulate their positions with integrity and confidence. Many of our students go on to advance to the highest level of competition where they sharpen their skills against top competitors from across the nation.

Students surpass their peers academically, professionally, socially, and personally as a result of their time in competitive speech and debate. Not surprisingly, researchers have examined the forensic population at length and overwhelmingly concluded that the activity extends unparalled benefits to its student members - The Rostrum

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2015 Summer Camp Schedule
Camps (click on link for description) 
Dates/Times
Camp Location
(click on link)
Requirements
Early-Bird
until May 1st
Fee
after May 1
Intro to Speech
June 22-23, 9am-5pm
July 6-7, 9am-5pm
July 20-21, 9am-5pm
Aug. 13-14, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 20/30) $89 $104
Junior Speech
June 24-25, 9am-4pm
July 8-9, 9am-4pm
July 22-23, 9am-4pm
Ages 9-11(min/max: 20/30) $89 $104
June 26-27, 9am-3pm
July 29-30, 9am-3pm
Ages 6-8 (min/max: 20/24)
$89
$104
July 22-24, 9am-5pm
Aug. 10-12, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 20/32)
$169
$184
July 25, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 20/28)
$50
$65
July 27-28, 9am-5pm
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 20/24)
$89
$104
July 31-Aug 1, 9am-5pm
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 20/28)
$89
$104
July 30-Aug 1, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18, 1 yr of TP competition
$169
$184
Aug. 10-12, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 20/30)
$169
$184
Aug. 13-15, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18, 1 yr of LD competition
$169
$184
Speech: Jul 10, 9a-noon
TP: Jul 30, 9am-noon
Parents & Coaches
$30
$45
July 27-29, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 24/32)
$183
$198
Aug. 3-5, 9am-5pm
Ages 13*-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$183
$198
Aug. 3-5, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/32)
$183
$198
Aug. 6-8, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 24/32)
$183
$198
Aug. 6-8, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$183
$198
Aug. 17-19, 9am-5pm
Ages 12-18 (min/max: 24/32)
$189
$204
Aug. 17-19, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$189
$204
Aug. 20-22, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$189
$204
 
*Students age 12 and above by January 1, 2016 are eligible to participate in Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy debate camps

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Student Camp: Introduction to Speech
Whether your 12-18yo has a flair for the dramatic or prefers to avoid the spotlight at all costs, this speech camp is the perfect fit! This unique, interactive 2-day camp eases students out of their comfort zone exposing them to a variety of speech genres including interpretative, platform and limited prep events. Through exercises and practice, students will learn effective presentation and delivery techniques - all in a fun and supportive environment! This camp is an excellent jump-start for students considering speech competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructors: Cesar Ruiz and Addi Hambrick]
  
 
Student Camp: Junior Speech (Intro to Public Speaking)
Junior Speech camp is the perfect introduction to the rewards and exhilaration of communication for 9-11yos! The objective of this camp is to cultivate a love for public speaking at a young age. This 2-day camp is packed with fun, interactive activities to ease students out of their comfort zone and expose them to interpretative, platform and limited prep events in a safe and supportive environment! Even students that come to camp reluctantly, leave excited and inspired by the progress they made in only 2 days. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructors: Cesar Ruiz and Addi Hambrick]
  
  
Student Camp: Confidence in Communication (Intro to Public Speaking)
Join us for this exciting 2-day speech camp for ages 6-8! Our goal is to cultivate confidence and a love for public speaking at a young age while exposing students to a variety of speech events. Students will learn how to communicate with confidence every day with their words, facial expressions, vocal inflections, actions, energy, and more! The goal of this camp is to practice public speaking skills in a manner that is intuitive, natural, exciting, and comfortable for every child! Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructors: Cesar Ruiz and Addi Hambrick]
 
  
 Student Camp: Apologetics
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have..." [1 Peter 3:15]. Your child's faith will be challenged. Will they be ready? The ultimate goal of training our children in God's Word is that when they are older they will not depart from it. The study of Apologetics supports that goal, helping students understand what they believe and why. Students will tackle important questions that they will face in Apologetics competition in this challenging 2-day camp, as well as learn excellent card writing and speech delivery techniques. This camp is highly interactive; the goal is to engage students in discussions regarding various areas of their faith. Students will learn how to identify the underlying assumptions behind different worldviews they will encounter throughout their lives. The camp will culminate with a mini competition where students apply what they have learned. Students leave encouraged in their faith, with a deeper understanding of the Scripture, and the confidence to excel in Apologetics limited-prep competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 3 weeks before the camp begins. There are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructors: Cesar Ruiz and Addi Hambrick]
 
 
Student Camp: Interview & Presentation Skills
Has your teen missed out on a great opportunity because he or she lacked the skills and confidence to communicate well? From internships, to job interviews, to crucial conversations, as your teen progresses through high-school, the ability to think quickly on his or her feet and articulate ideas persuasively with confidence and poise is paramount to success in securing positions of leadership and gaining admission or employment. This camp is about demonstrating confidence, cultivating keen observation skills and relating to others with ease. Students will learn important techniques to excel in interviews and impromptu presentations - including ice breakers, good questions to ask, and the do's and don'ts of delivering polished, impactful presentations. Students will apply these techniques in mock interviews, as well as impromptu speeches and prepared presentations. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. There are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructors: Cesar Ruiz and Addi Hambrick]
 
    
Student Camp: Extemporaneous Speech
Extemporaneous speaking is a limited-preparation event where the speaker is given 30 minutes to prepare an original speech on a foreign, domestic, or economic current event. Camp participants will learn the categories of Extemp questions, how to optimize their Extemp research, the criteria for selecting the right question, how to read articles critcally, and proven techniques for formulating their arguments. With that foundation in place, students will learn to organize and deliver their speeches in a manner that maximizes its effect and persuades their audience. The camp will culminate with a mini competition where students apply what they have learned.The goal of this training is for students to leave inspired to learn more about the world around them, and with techniques to excel in Extemp competition. Register early: a pre-camp assignment will be sent out to all registered students a few days before the camp begins. There are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Cesar Ruiz]
 
Student Camp: Introduction to Team Policy Debate
The ability to think critically about the ideas we encounter is a life-skill and debate is one of the best ways to sharpen this skill! Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Team Policy debate and the new NCFCA debate resolution at this comprehensive 3-day debate camp. Students will learn the format/structure of policy debate as well as foundational debate theory, including case construction, research skills, how to craft good questions, constructing well-reasoned responses and effective delivery. Our training emphasizes the development of critical-thinking and reasoning skills, with hands-on practice throughout the camp - knowing that most students learn through application. The camp will culminate with a mini debate competition where students showcase what they have learned, leaving inspired and ready for competition season! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend and no pre-camp assignment. Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to research and revise their case for homework. [Lead Instructors: Adam Nasser and James Russell]
    
Student Camp: Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate
Lincoln Douglas debate is a philosophical form of debate ideal for older students who enjoy political theory, philosophy and history. Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Lincoln Douglas debate (commonly referred to as 'LD' or 'value debate') and the new NCFCA resolution at this comprehensive 3-day debate camp. Students will delve into the historical and philosophical issues surrounding the topic, and learn the methodology to formulate solid principles to affirm and negate the resolution. Since examples don't prove a position to be true, learning how to formulate solid principles is key to success in LD. Our training emphasizes the development of critical-thinking and reasoning skills, with hands-on practice throughout the camp. Camp culminates with a mini debate competition where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend and no pre-camp assignment. Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to write and revise their cases for homework. [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]
 
Student Camp: Intermediate and Advanced Team Policy Debate
Experienced debaters are invited to jump-start the new season at this challenging 3-day Team Policy debate camp, including resolution-specific history/background (NCFCA), intermediate/advanced theory & strategies, case evaluation and practice rounds. Students are taught to construct cases and briefs around a central goal/philosophy that justifies or negates particular policy reforms. Reasoning, critical-thinking skills and practice are emphasized in our training, to sharpen students' ability to identify, expose and answer the underlying mindset/assumptions behind arguments, with advanced cross-examination and structured refutation techniques. Camp culminates with a mini debate competition where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season! This intermediate/advanced camp is for debaters who have completed at least one year of policy debate competition, and have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of policy debate. Register early: pre-camp assignments begin 3 weeks before camp, guiding students through research and case preparation to maximize their camp experience! Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to research, and make revisions to their case/briefs for homework. [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]

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Student Camp: Intermediate/Advanced Lincoln Douglas Debate
Experienced LDers are invited to jump-start the new season at this challenging 3-day Lincoln Douglas debate camp. Students will delve into historical and philosophical issues surrounding the topic, review case construction methodology based on solid principles to affirm and negate the resolution, learn to identify and address the underlying mindset and assumptions behind the arguments they encounter (one of the most valuable life skills learned in debate), case de-construction strategies to unravel their opponent's case/reasoning, value objections and implications, as well as advanced refutation and cross-examination skills. Camp will culminate with a mini debate competition where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season. This intermediate/advanced camp is for debaters who have completed at least one year of LD competition. Register early: pre-camp assignments begin 3 weeks before camp, guiding students through reading assignments and case preparation to maximize their camp experience! Note: Students will need access to a computer and printer to make revisions to their cases for homework. [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]
    
Student Camp: Model United Nations (not offered in 2015)
Model United Nations (Model UN) is a fun and exciting way for middle and high-school students to learn the valuable life skills of research, public speaking, and consensus building. Students gain an understanding of how nations around the world interact through the United Nations by acting as delegates for specific countries and undertaking the research required to represent those countries effectively. For those who have participated in speech & debate, Model UN provides a unique opportunity to apply those skills to an international forum. Learning to communicate in an effective manner with peers representing nations all over the world is a challenging task that requires patience, quick thinking, and disciplined negotiating. This camp will introduce students to the format/rules governing Model UN conferences and provide comprehensive training for students wanting to enhance their diplomacy, advocacy and speaking skills. Camp will culminate with a mini Model UN conference where students apply the training they have received. Any student who has an interest in American politics, a foreign country, international affairs, or foreign relations is encouraged to take advantage of this exciting opportunity! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend. (The pre-camp assignment will be emailed to registered students a few weeks before camp begins) [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]
 
Student Camp: Moot Court (not offered in 2015)
We are delighted to offer high-school Moot Court training in North Texas, modeled after the Washington College of Law (WCL)'s prestigious Moot Court competition. At camp, high school students are taught the art and science of appellate advocacy when presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. It is not a trial, so there are no witnesses or discussions of evidence; instead, on appeal, attorneys present the legal arguments for their side when asking the Court to uphold or overturn the previous court’s ruling. Students will learn to evaluate principles of law in Supreme Court cases, apply those principles to the facts of the present case, and argue persuasively before a panel of judges who can interrupt them at any time to ask questions, get a better understanding of the issues involved, and clarify their arguments. By focusing on the applicability of Constitutional law to current legal issues, this camp provides students with a unique opportunity to strengthen their reasoning skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and the judicial system. Camp will conclude with a Moot Court competition where students can apply the skills they have learned! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend. The pre-camp assignment must be completed before camp begins. [Lead Instructors: Adam Nasser (2011 WCL champion) and Brad Johnson (2012 Duke University Champion)]  
 
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I really, really enjoyed the camps. I was able to learn so much from the hands-on work we did in preparing debates and speeches. The student leaders were very encouraging, helpful, and insightful. Getting time to work in small groups with the reigning national champions was so exciting, and at the same time very educational. I loved the games that we played, and I noticed improvements in speaking and debating skills even as we played. The student leaders did a great job organizing and moderating those games! I will definitely be back for more! - K. Caroll, 2013 camper
  
I was fortunate enough to attend the introductory DFW speech and debate camps last summer. Team Policy debate seemed daunting at first, but the camps did a great job of easing me into debate and preparing me very well for the season ahead - Istra Fuhrmann (Nationally qualified 1st year debater)  ...more
 

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