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Public Forum Debate Camp

 “No argument: High school debate is popular once again.” - LA Times

Who?  All students who will be in grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019.
Where?  Simpson College in Indianola, IA
When?  Sunday, July 14th - 5 pm through Friday, July 19th - 5 pm
How Much? Commuters $460,  Residing on campus $560 We are committed to student safety.

To reserve your spot, please send an initial deposit of $100 with your completed application.  Please make checks payable to Simpson College.

Students staying on campus will be supervised 24 hours a day.

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Confirmed Staff include

  • Spencer Waugh, Director
  • Toni Heimes, Leader - Lincoln Southwest HS, NE
  • Todd Crites, Leader - Grinnell HS, IA

A headline in the Los Angeles Times said it all: “No argument: High school debate is popular once again.”

More and more students at every level are discovering the benefits of debate – how it sharpens rigorous and critical thinking skills; how it promotes mental and emotional maturity; and how it leads to academic achievement.

To help you hone your skills, Simpson College is proud to offer Public Forum Debate Camp, to be held from July 14 through July 19 on the Indianola campus. The camp is open to students who will be in grades 9-12 in the fall of 2019. We cater to both experienced debaters, as well as first-timers with no experience.

The camp will include five days of direct instruction, practice rounds, and a camp tournament. Students and coaches will be taught by some of the top debate instructors in the country. Small lab groups will be capped at eight students per instructor, assuring that each student receives plenty of one-on-one help.

We have kept the camp affordable. For commuters who do not require lodging, the price is $460. That includes all meals except breakfast. For others, the price is $560, which includes meals and lodging. Students and coaches will stay in air-conditioned rooms. Evening activities and supervision will be provided. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your debate skills and have fun. We encourage everyone to take part!

Visit our Debate website.