DEBATE

Arguably... the core of our program

Debate Camp specializes in parliamentary impromptu debate styles, with a topics-range suitable to all ability-levels at camp.  We believe that the skills derived from learning to debate well on a variety of subjects are most conducive to speaking and advocating confidently in higher education and life!

GOVERNMENT

OPPOSITION

NUMBERED IN SPEAKER ORDER

3

1

2

4

3

1

* SAMPLE SPEAKING TIMES / OPEN LEVEL

1. PRIME MINISTER

- defines the terms of the debate

- sets out constructive points

- 4 minutes*

3. SECOND GOVERNMENT 

refutes points made by Opposition

- rebuilds Government side

- sets out new constructive points 

- 4 minutes*

2. FIRST OPPOSITION 

- refutes points made by Prime Minister - sets out Opposition's case

- 4 minutes*

4. LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION 

- refutes points by Government

- defends and summarizes Opposition side

- sets out new constructive points  

- 6 minutes*

1. PRIME MINISTER REBUTTAL

- summarizes the Government case

- states failings of the Opposition

- states why the resolution should stand - 2 minutes*

PROPOSITION

OPENING 

1

3

CLOSING

5

7

OPPOSITION

2

OPENING 

4

CLOSING

6

8

NUMBERED IN SPEAKER ORDER

1. OPENING PROP FIRST SPEAKER 

defines the terms of the debate

- sets out Proposition's constructive points

4 minutes*

2. OPENING OPP FIRST SPEAKER 

refutes points made by Proposition

- sets out Opposition's constructive points

- 4 minutes*

3. OPENING PROP SECOND SPEAKER 

refutes points made by Opposition

- rebuilds Proposition side

- sets out new points

- summarizes Opening Proposition's case

- 4 minutes*

4. OPENING OPP SECOND SPEAKER 

refutes points by Proposition

- sets out new constructive points

- rebuilds Opposition side

- summarizes Opening Opposition's  case

- 4 minutes*

5. CLOSING PROP FIRST SPEAKER 

summarizes Proposition's case

- refutes Opposition's main points

- extends Proposition's case into new areas  

- 4 minutes*

6. CLOSING OPP SECOND SPEAKER 

refutes points by Closing Proposition Speaker

- summarizes Opposition's case

- extends into new areas setting out new

- constructive points  

- 4 minutes*

7.  PROP WHIP / SUMMARY SPEAKER

reviews the whole debate

- states why the Proposition side has won 

- 4 minutes*

8. OPPOSITION WHIP / SUMMARY SPEAKER 

reviews the whole debate

- states why the Opposition

- side has won - 4 minutes*

* SAMPLE SPEAKING TIMES / OPEN LEVEL

LIFE AT DEBATE CAMP

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE STYLES - ALL CAMPS

4 X 2 PERSON TEAMS

2 X 2 PERSON TEAMS

OPEN PROGRAM / Grades 5 - 6

THIS HOUSE believes that every kid should play on a sports team
THIS HOUSE supports participation awards
THIS HOUSE believes that school should only be 4 days a week
THIS HOUSE believes that arts classes (drama, music, art) should be mandatory
THIS HOUSE believes that all kids should go outside for recess
THIS HOUSE believes that all schools should have public speaking class
THIS HOUSE believes that cursive writing is an important skill
THIS HOUSE believes that all museums should be free

THIS HOUSE believes that kids should be allowed to spend their allowance on anything they want
THIS HOUSE would let kids pick where they sit in class
THIS HOUSE believes that participation in class is more important than test grades
THIS HOUSE believes that every classroom should have a classroom pet
THIS HOUSE believes that schools should not celebrate Halloween
THIS HOUSE would ban field trips
THIS HOUSE would save their allowance rather than spend it
THIS HOUSE would rather be an only child
THIS HOUSE believes that all students should write exams starting in grade 7
THIS HOUSE believes that watching the movie is just as good as reading the book
THIS HOUSE believes that shoes should be optional everywhere you go
THIS HOUSE believes that kids in grade school are too young for cell phones
THIS HOUSE believes that picking the classes you want to take should begin in middle school
THIS HOUSE believes that lying is always wrong

OPEN PROGRAM / Grades 7 - 8

THIS HOUSE supports vegetarianism.

THIS HOUSE would require all parents to pass a parenting test

THIS HOUSE would impose road tolls

THIS HOUSE would abandon space exploration

THIS HOUSE would prohibit the use of cell phones while driving

THIS HOUSE believes Canada and the USA should become one country

THIS HOUSE would ban hunting as a sport

THIS HOUSE would ban cosmetic surgery

THIS HOUSE would ban electronics from the bedroom

THIS HOUSE would ban zoos.
THIS HOUSE would ban contact sports.

THIS HOUSE would ban tobacco products

THIS HOUSE would ban cell phones from schools

THIS HOUSE believes Social Media does more harm than good

THIS HOUSE believes that it is better to live in the countryside than the city

THIS HOUSE would ban gambling

THIS HOUSE would make physical education mandatory

THIS HOUSE would implement a mandatory family dinner time

 

PLUS PROGRAM / Grades 7 - 9

THIS HOUSE would provide artistic funding for video games.
THIS HOUSE would ban criminals from publishing accounts of their crimes.

THIS HOUSE would make vaccination mandatory

THIS HOUSE believes that governments should protect their native languages

THIS HOUSE would impose a wage cap on professional athletes

THIS HOUSE believes there should be merit pay for teachers

THIS HOUSE would put the Olympic Games in a permanent location

THIS HOUSE would financially incentivize men to become primary school teachers

THIS HOUSE would ban the sale of alcohol

THIS HOUSE would make paternity leave mandatory

THIS HOUSE would allow for the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports

THIS HOUSE would hold government officials criminally responsible for severe harm to citizens

THIS HOUSE would sacrifice economic growth for environmental sustainability

THIS HOUSE supports free college tuition at public colleges and universities

THIS HOUSE would fund a one-way manned mission to Mars.  

 

LEVEL-UP PROGRAM / Grades 8 - 11 - experienced debaters

THIS HOUSE would allow doctors to prescribe placebos.
THIS HOUSE believes that micro financing is in the best interest of low income women
THIS HOUSE believes that  the ICC is biased towards Africa
THIS HOUSE would  ban the sale of at home genetics kits like 23 and me
THIS HOUSE would  ban the use of inmates as workers during emergencies e.g. as 1$ per hour fire-
fighters during the California wild fires
THIS HOUSE believes that  public servants should not use social media
THIS HOUSE would  ban all political donations by corporations
THIS HOUSE believes that  military conscription should be regarded as a war crime
THIS HOUSE would intervene in Venezuela
THIS HOUSE believes that  the US government should stop subsidizing American farmers
THIS HOUSE believes that  all social media comments should be protected by free speech

THIS HOUSE believes that  places of worship should no longer be exempt from paying taxes
THIS HOUSE believes that  prisoners should not lose their right to vote
THIS HOUSE believes that  the tenure system should be abolished
THIS HOUSE believes that  ban solitary confinement for all prisoners
THIS HOUSE believes that  bribery and corruption promote economic growth
THIS HOUSE believes that  in places where there is a gendered income gap, women should pay
proportionately less income tax than men
THIS HOUSE believes that  Facebook is not responsible for the actions of its users
THIS HOUSE believes that  only developing countries should be able to use coal
THIS HOUSE believes that the production of biofuels causes food insecurity
THIS HOUSE would  make all employee salaries public knowledge
THIS HOUSE would  institute a global ban on tobacco advertising
THIS HOUSE would  hold medical professionals accountable for the opioid crisis
THIS HOUSE would ban all political donations that do not come from individuals

THIS HOUSE would remove all legal limitations on the genetic enhancement of human beings

THIS HOUSE would block foreign takeover of important companies

THIS HOUSE supports the restriction of civil liberties for the sake of combating terrorism

THIS HOUSE would impose a global ban on nuclear power

THIS HOUSE would reform the Security Council in the UN

THIS HOUSE believes that poverty should be a mitigating factor in crime sentencing

THIS HOUSE believes that people should have a constitutional right to a healthy environment

THIS HOUSE would abolish the First Past the Post Electoral system

THIS HOUSE believes that the media should not report acts of terrorism
THIS HOUSE would teach unabridged / uncensored versions of all books 

THIS HOUSE regrets award shows for art (Oscars, Grammys, etc)

THIS HOUSE supports term limits on all political leaders

THIS HOUSE would end all programs aimed at preserving endangered languages 

THIS HOUSE would prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally significant

THIS HOUSE would prohibit all private health care.

THIS HOUSE would criminalize the payment of ransom

THIS HOUSE would opposes prenatal testing for mental disabilities  

THIS HOUSE believes that needle exchanges benefit society while harming addicts

THIS HOUSE believes that predictive policing is unethical

 

Debate Camp has developed a bank of topics, tested and proven to be successfully debatable among the various age groups and ability levels at camp.  We are happy to share some here - - from the theoretical to the political.  More are developed each summer!

Remember - campers may debate BOTH sides of these...

OPEN PROGRAM
PLUS PROGRAM
LEVEL UP

RESOLUTIONS

 
 
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