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Public Forum Debate Camp

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

Who?  This camp is ideal for debaters of all experience levels. It's open to students entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020.
Where?  Simpson College in Indianola, IA
When?  Sunday, June 21st through Friday, June 26th, 2020
How Much? $450 includes Five-day camp (All meals included except for breakfast). $570 includes Five-day camp w/lodging (All meals included).

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 again proud to offer the Public Forum Debate Camp in 2020. The camp is held from June 21st through June 26th at our Indianola campus. The camp is open to students who will be in grades 9-12 in the fall of 2020. 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 attention.

For commuters who do not require lodging, the cost of the five-day camp is $450. That includes all meals except breakfast. For other participants, the cost of the five-day camp is $570, which includes meals and lodging. Students and coaches will be lodged in our air-conditioned rooms on campus, and evening activities with supervision will be provided throughout the camp. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your debate skills and have fun. We encourage everyone to take part in this unique debate opportunity!

Visit our Debate website.