Debate camp

Debate camp
Part of the series
Policy Debate
Policy debate competitions

Inter-Collegiate policy debate

Structure of policy debate · Resolution

Constructive · Rebuttal · Prep Time
Evidence · Flow


Affirmative · Negative · Judge

Types of Arguments

Stock Issues · Case· Disadvantage
Counterplan · Kritik
Impact calculus · Topicality

Argumentative Concepts

Offense · Defense · Turn · Drop · Fiat

v · debate camp or debate institute is a training workshop for high school and collegiate debaters. The camps exist so students may learn about the upcoming topic or "resolution". Usually these camps are held over the summer for weeks a time at different universities around the country between two and eight weeks. While once attended by only highly competitive policy debaters, many high school students now attend debate institutes, and often urban debate leagues will pay for the students to go to these camps.



During instruction, students are divided up into different focus groups, or "labs". The instructor(s) is called the "lab leader". Each group has its own focus and goal during the day or week. The lab leader will guide them through the topic and how to argue it. Many institutes will divide students into labs based on skill level and experience. Many institutes offer specialized "advanced" or "scholars" workshops, to which acceptance is highly limited.

Often there are mini tournaments at the end of each camp, and students are given speaker and team awards to cap off the institute.

Popular camps/institutes

Camp Host Website
Cal National Debate Institute (CNDI) University of California Berkeley [1]
Capitol Debate Loyola College, Baltimore [2]
Concordia Debate Institute (CDI) Concordia College [3]
Dartmouth Debate Institute (DDI) Dartmouth College [4] [5]
Dartmouth Debate Workshop (DDW) Dartmouth College [6] [7]
Debate Camp Canada Rosseau Lake College and Shawnigan Lake School [8]
Debate and Oral Interpretation Camp Mount Marty College [9]
Fayetteville Area Speech & Debate Fayetteville, North Carolina
Georgia Debate Institute Athens, Georgia
Georgetown Debate Seminar Washington, DC
Gonzaga Debate Institute Gonzaga University [10]
InfiniteCamp Debate Institute InfinitePrep [11]
Kentucky National Debate Institute University of Kentucky [12]
Liberty Debate Institute Liberty University [13]
Miami Debate Institute Miami University [14]
Missouri State University Debate Institute (MSDI) Missouri State University [15]
National Debate Forum Nova Southeastern University and Emerson College [16]
National Symposium for Debate Colorado College [17]
Samford Debate Institute Samford University [18]
Spartan Debate Institute Michigan State University [19]
Stanford National Forensic Institute Stanford University [20]
Towson International Debate Institute (TIDI) Towson University [21]
University of Michigan Debate Institute (MNDI) University of Michigan [22]
University of Missouri - Kansas City Summer Debate Institute (UMKC-SDI) University of Missouri–Kansas City [23]
University of North Texas Mean Green Workshops (UNT-MGW) University of North Texas [24]
University of Richmond National Debate Institute (URNDI) University of Richmond [25]
University of Texas National Institute of Forensics (UTNIF) University of Texas [26]
Victory Briefs Institute (VBI) Loyola Marymount University and University of California Los Angeles [27]
Wake Forest Institute (WFI) Wake Forest University [28]
Whitman National Debate Institute (WNDI) Whitman College [29]
Wyoming Forensics Institute (WFI) University of Wyoming [30]
Northwestern Debate Institute Northwestern University [31]
Summer Forensics Institute Western Kentucky University [32]

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