Debate Camp provides academic enrichment programming in the areas of debate and public speaking. Since 2002, we have provided in-person summer (day & overnight camps) and school year co-curricular programs throughout Canada and the Northeastern United States; serving approximately
1500 students annually.
As parliamentary debate lends itself well to a 1:6 or 1:8 online format, we have, since April 2020, curated several online multi-level debate, public speaking and Model UN programs. Each has been refined over an 14-week period via the attendance of approximately 850 students from throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and beyond.
CO-CURRICULAR SCHOOL PROGRAM
It is in the spirit of this experience that we have designed our Online School Programs for the 2020 – 21 school year. Debate Camp has developed a 1:6 (teacher-student) session series with the following features:
EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS: with 140+ teaching hours experience, and completed training in online
of learning styles safeguarding and instructional strategies for a variety
SERIES OPTIONS of 6, 12 and / or 18 session plans focused on Parliamentary Debate with 3 style focus
2 v 2 – Parliamentary Extemporaneous Debate
3 v 3 – World Schools Parliamentary Debate
4 v 4 – British Parliamentary Debate
MULTI LEVEL PROGRAM – across grades 5 to 10:
NOVICE LEVEL – introductory level workshops (any grade) in how-to debate, case construction, refutation, rebuttal, summary speeches and multiple debate styles
ADVANCED LEVEL – for experienced debaters (grades 7+) a balance between world affairs content seminars and skills workshops in advanced and/or thematic refutation, mechanizing and impacting arguments and effective summary speeches.
RESOURCE ACCESS to online guides: Debate Camp video tutorials, resolution banks and world affairs information sources (advanced level)
EXPERT FEEDBACK: both in-session verbal at the end of each practice round and chronicled for adult (coach / parent) review at the conclusion of a lesson series
TANGIBLES: a water bottle for each participant, 2 laptop stickers per participant and a certificate of completion included: mailed to school upon completion of a series and / or term.
Schools and / or enrichment groups may register between 6 [1 group] and 18 [3 groups] students per level. Start / end dates and school calendar constraints can all be accommodated within a 6, 12 or 18 session series. Sessions are 90 minutes in duration and can be regularly scheduled on weekly or bi-weekly frequency. Debate Camp employs a dedicated Zoom platform and meeting codes and tech support are provided in real-time at all points during a program. Each participant school retains the same instructor per group for the duration of a 6-session series, and where available we will try and ensure the same instructor for a 12 and/or 18 session duration.
All learning materials required, resource access, online decorum guides are provided by Debate Camp. Student progress and feedback is chronicled each week and available for teacher / coach review. A summary report after 6 sessions is available to participants, coaches / teachers and parents.
Programs will be offered in EST / PST / CST and GMT [UTC] time zones – and are schedulable as per the suggested times of member schools.
In 2020 – 21, Debate Camp will offer this program to a maximum of 12 schools and / or enrichment groups internationally.