BDC Summer Camp

June 20th - 25th, 2022

About The BDC Debate Camp...

The BDC Summer Debate Camp will take placeĀ  in-person from Monday, June 20th through Saturday, June 25th. Tuition for the BDC Summer Debate Camp is $250. Students will practice their skills in argumentation and public speaking throughout the week, with the opportunity to showcase them during a camp-wide competition on Saturday. The format of debate we will be teaching at camp is called Public Forum Debate. You can learn more about Public Forum here.

During the week, students will learn the fundamentals of leadership, argumentation, persuasive writing, research, and public speaking. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about current events from the experts that study them. Through a variety of fun activities, lively discussions, and practice debates, students will become more critical thinkers and confident public speakers. In addition, experienced debaters will have the chance to refine their abilities and learn advanced debate strategies. The skills learned through debate encourage achievement in school, success in the workplace, and meaningful engagement with our communities and the world around us.

The BDC Summer Camp is a commuter program. Parents will be responsible for picking their students up and dropping them off at the appropriate time of the day. The only meal provided by the BDC will be lunch. Learn about our schedule, here.

Student Eligibility

The Bluegrass Debate Coalition summer debate camp is open to all middle school and high school students in Kentucky. Our camp is designed for students who are new to debate and more experienced debate students. No prior debate experience is required and students do not need to be a member of a school's debate team to attend. We will offer a novice, intermediate, and advanced track.

Not sure if debate is for you? Camp is a great way to try out debate in a supportive, fun, and non-competitive environment. Whether you want to be the next debate state champion or are just looking for a fun, educational way to spend a week of your summer break, our camp is right for you.

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