DFW Speech & Debate

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What Makes Our Training Unique? Our focus on critical thinking and application. Students are taught to examine the what, why, and how behind ideas they encounter, and apply the training they receive through hands-on application at camp. Camps are open to all students ages 6 to 18, including public, private and home schooled students.
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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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2014 Summer Camp Schedule
Camps (click on links for descriptions) 
Dates/Times
Camp Location
(click on link for address)
Requirements
Register by 5/1/14
Fee after 5/1/14
Intro to Speech June 23-24, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/30) $89 $105
Moot Court June 30-July 2, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 14-18 (min/max: 16/20) $170 $185
Intro to Team Policy Debate  July 7-9, 9am-5pm Southlake Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/28) $170 $185
Intro to Speech July 10-11, 9am-5pm Southlake Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/30) $89 $105
Intro to Team Policy Debate  July 10-12, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/28) $170 $185
Extemporaneous Speech July 12, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/24) $50 $70
July 14-15, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/30)
$89
$105
July 16-17, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/24)
$89
$105
July 17-19, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/28)
$170
$185
July 21-22, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 12-18 (min/max: 10/24) $89 $105
July 21-22, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/30)
$89
$105
July 23-25, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/28)
$170
$185
July 23-24, 9am-4pm
Ages 9-11(min/max: 16/28)
$89
$105
Intro to Speech
July 28-29, 9am-5pm
Coppell Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/28) $89 $105
Confidence in Communication
July 30-31, 9am-3pm
Coppell Ages 6-8 (min/max: 10/20) $89 $105
Interview & Life Skills (new!) Aug.1-2, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 12-18 (min/max: 16/24) $89 $105
Junior Speech
Aug. 11-12, 9am-4pm
Coppell Ages 9-11(min/max: 16/28) $89 $105
Aug. 12-14, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/28)
$170
$185
Aug. 15-16, 9am-5pm
Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 10/30)
$89
$105
Intermediate/Advanced LD Aug. 14-16, 9am-5pm Coppell Ages 13-18 (min/max: 10/28) $170 $185
Aug. 18-20, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 10/28)
$170
$185
Intermediate/Advanced TP (guest speaker Greg Rehmke)
Aug. 20-23, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 10/32)
$170
$185
Speech: July 9, 9a-noon
TP: Aug. 21, 9am-noon
Parents & Coaches
$35
$48
Intro to Team Policy Debate July 28-30, 9am-5pm Orlando, FL Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 24/28) $195 $210
July 28-30, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$195
$210
July 31-Aug.2, 9am-5pm
Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/30)
$195
$210
Intermediate/Advanced LD Aug. 4-6, 9am-5pm Cleveland, TN Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/28) $185 $197
Intermediate/Advanced TP Aug. 6-8, 9am-5pm Cleveland, TN Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/28) $185 $197
Intro to Team Policy Debate Aug. 25-27, 9am-5pm Baton Rouge, LA Ages 12*-18 (min/max: 24/28) $185 $197
Intermediate/Advanced TP Aug. 28-30, 9am-5pm Baton Rouge, LA Ages 13-18 (min/max: 24/28) $185 $197
 
*Students age 12 and above by January 1, 2015 are eligible to participate in Intro to Speech and Intro to Team Policy debate camps
 

 

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! It is an excellent jumpstart 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 Instructor: Natalia Ruiz]
  
 
Student Camp: Junior Speech
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 Instructor: Natalia Ruiz]
  
  
Student Camp: Confidence in Communication
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 Instructor: Natalia Ruiz] 
 
  
 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 2-3 weeks before the camp begins. This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructor: Natalia Ruiz]
 
 
Student Camp: Interviews & Life-skills Communication
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. [Lead Instructors: Natalia Ruiz and Annaleise Weir]
 
    
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. Extemporaneous camp participants will learn how to optimize their Extemp research and organization. They will also receive coaching throughout the process on effective speech preparation and delivery techniques! The objective of this camp 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. This camp is for beginners; there are no prerequisites to attend this camp. [Lead Instructors: Adam Nasser and Natalia Ruiz]
 
Student Camp: Introduction to Team Policy Debate
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 Team Policy debate, case construction and foundational debate theory. They will research foreign policy related to the resolution, begin to cultivate solid reasoning skills and learn to deliver their ideas persuasively. Reasoning, critical-thinking skills and application are emphasized in our training. This camp will culminate with a round robin debate practice where students showcase what they have learned, leaving ready for the competition season! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend and no pre-camp assignment. Homework is assigned during camp. [Lead Instructors: Adam Nasser and Daniel Jenkins]
    
Student Camp: Introduction to Lincoln Douglas Debate
Introduce your student to the fundamentals of Lincoln Douglas debate and the new NCFCA resolution at this comprehensive 3-day debate camp. Students will delve into historical and philosophical issues surrounding the topic, learn how to develop principles to affirm and negate the resolution, and how to synthesize and present their ideas with clarity and poise. Reasoning and critical-thinking skills are emphasized in our training. Camp culminates with a round robin debate practice where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for the competition season! This camp is for beginners, there are no prerequisites to attend and no pre-camp assignment. Homework is assigned during camp. [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. Reasoning, critical-thinking skills and practice are emphasized in our training, to help students identify and address the underlying mindset and ideas behind proposed policies. Camp culminates with a round robin debate practice where students apply the techniques they learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season! This intermediate/advanced camp is for debaters with at least one year of competition experience, with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of policy debate. This training includes instructor-directed pre-camp prep beginning 4 weeks before camp, guiding students through research and case preparation to maximize their camp experience!  [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]

Note: Registered students are also invited to attend Greg Rehmke's economic training from 1:00-5:00pm on Aug. 20th (no additional charge)!

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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 dismantle the opponent's case/reasoning, value objections and implications, as well as advanced refutation and cross-examination skills. Camp will culminate with a round robin debate practice where students apply what they have learned, leaving inspired and well-prepared for competition season. This intermediate/advanced camp is for LDers with at least one year of competition experience. This training includes instructor-directed pre-camp prep beginning 4 weeks before camp, guiding students through research and case preparation to maximize their camp experience! [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]
    
Student Camp: Model United Nations  
Model United Nations (Model UN) provides an excellent forum for middle and high school students to learn how the world interacts through the United Nations. Students are able to gain an understanding of that interaction by acting as delegates for specific countries and undertaking the research required to play their roles effectively. Model UN is a fun and exciting way to learn the valuable life skills of researching, public speaking, and consensus building. Even for those who have participated in other speaking activities (such as 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. 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 this camp. (The pre-camp assignment will be emailed to registered students a few weeks before camp begins) [Lead Instructor: Adam Nasser]
 
Student Camp: Moot Court

We are delighted to offer high-school Moot Court training in North Texas again this summer, modeled after the Washington College of Law (WCL)'s prestigious Moot Court competition! Moot court camp will teach high school students 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. In this camp, 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 this camp. The pre-camp assignment must be completed before camp begins. [Lead Instructors: Adam Nasser (2011 WCL champion) and Brad Johnson (2012 Duke University Champion)]  

   
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 id 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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