LEVELS

ALL are welcome at Debate Camp, from the novice, reluctant speaker to the already-competitive debater...

At Debate Camp we believe that skills-development in public speaking should not be intimidating.  Kids compare themselves all the time and at Debate Camp we strive to create a welcoming environment that presents the right level of challenge for all who join us each week.

OPEN PROGRAM:  Is built for true beginners.  We have 2 or 3 groups of Open Program campers at each camp, often further divided by age group - to ensure that older campers still feel comfortable at the novice level.  The typical Open Program camper may be described as follows:

 

- new to formal debate (no knowledge of parliamentary style)

- could be a reluctant public speaker

- has ideas and enthusiasm for learning

- can be in any grade (5 through 11)

- yes, might argue at home - - a lot!

A view of the debate topics typically attempted by this program level is available via the following link:

 

PLUS PROGRAM:  Is built for campers who are familiar with debating.  They may have some experience from previous summers.  They may have debated at school.  They may have also shown interest and enjoyed success in public speaking.  As well, 1 to 2 Plus Program groups will form at any camp to ensure age-group comfort. The typical Plus level camper may be described as follows:

 

- is familiar with debating

- not shy to speak up in class

- has ideas and enthusiasm for learning

- can be in any grade (5 through 11)

- may have had some success in public speaking competitions 

A view of the debate topics typically attempted by this program level is available via the following link:

 

LEVEL UP PROGRAM:  Is built for campers who know how to debate, either parliamentary or public forum style. They may have attended in previous summers or are a regular part of a co-curricular debating program at their school.  The Level Up Program can accommodate campers in grades 8 to 11.   The typical Level Up camper may be described as follows:

 

- knows how to debate, parliamentary or public forum style

- is interested in advanced skills development

- has ideas and enthusiasm for learning

- can be in grades 8 through 11

- may have had some success in formal debate competitions

 

Further descriptions of the Level Up Program and sample debate topics are available on the following links:

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