MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP
Introduction to Public Forum Debate
Almost all of our middle school students have no prior experience with speech and debate, and quickly become excited with the activity at our camp.
Public Forum is a partnered debate format that develops collaboration and team work among students. Campers work in pairs to search for online evidence, practice their speeches, and prepare for the final tournament at the end of the week. Each summer, our camp has a unique and important debate topic, chosen by the National Speech and Debate Association.
Final Camp Tournament
All campers will compete at our end of week tournament. Students dress in formal attire, compete with real volunteer judges, and attend an award ceremony at the end. We welcome parents to attend our award ceremony to take pictures and celebrate their children's academic achievement.
Commuter Camp | 9AM to 5PM
VCU School of Business
Monday to Friday, July 22nd to July 26th
9AM to 5PM
499 $475, lunch and snacks included
*Topics Released in late May*
Our middle school students (ages 10-12) learn the fundamentals of writing and presenting arguments, while participating in mock debates, research games, and and more. Students have warm lunches and snacks daily, and will also receive RDI swag on the first day of camp.
8:45 - 9AM
Student Drop Off
Students join in the lobby of the VCU School of Business to start their day!
Topic Introduction Lesson
Students hear from our PhD lecturers about complex topics to understand multiple angles of the resolution.
Students participate in games that make learning and research fun!
Respond to cross examination questions, and think on your feet!
Enjoy hot catered lunch inside the building, alongside all other debate peers.
Practice speaking exercises which enhance your articulation and clarity.
Intro to Case Writing Lecture
Learn how to draft a formal debate case using contentions, evidence, frameworks, and more.
Practice Rounds & Feedback
Perform in a full practice debate round against other students, and receive feedback from your instructors
Student Pick Up
Commuter students are picked up while residential Scholars walk to Shafer Dining Hall.
Typical Daily Schedule
Our son was overjoyed each day. It was such a positive and educational experience. The instructors were exceptional. This is an amazing opportunity! Thank you!
- Parent, 2023