High School Debate Camps

2021 Camps and Dates

The 2021 Emory National Debate Institute will be held online and will feature two camps:

  • 2-week Online Policy Debate Institute: June 6-18, 2021
    • $750 ($50 early bird discount of $50 for registering by 4/1/21)
    • For students who have 1-2 years of policy debate experience, whether on the middle school or high school level, and wish to transition to their local JV and Open divisions.
    • Students should know the basics of policy/cross-examination style debate. For example, students should be familiar with the responsibilities of each speech, speech order, case arguments, and disadvantages.  It would be helpful for students to be aware of topicality arguments, counterplans, and critiques even if they have not encountered them or excel at running them.
  • 1-week Fundamentals of Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue: June 6-11, 2021 or June 13-18, 2021
    • $300 ($50 early bird discount for registering by 4/1/21)
    • Provides engaging debate and argumentation opportunities by which to explore multiple dimensions of topics relevant in today's society.
    • Not geared toward preparing students for competitive debate.

Why Choose Emory

Emory University is one of the top 25 Universities in the United States and the Barkley Forum is one of nation’s most successfully competitive intercollegiate debate teams for the last fifty years.

Hands-on Experience with Pre-college Students

  • The ENDI has taught over 5,000 high school students debate skills since 1966
  • Since 1985, Emory staff and students have been teaching debate to high school students as a principle founder and partner of the Atlanta Urban Debate League
  • In 1995, the ENDI began teaching middle school students how to debate.  Now over 600 middle school students attend tournaments and teaching sessions under the leadership of Emory faculty, staff, and students
  • To this day, Emory staff and students regularly work with nearly a thousand high school and middle school students throughout the school year in classrooms, practice rounds, and tournaments
  • Our experience with middle school students helps these students transition to high school debate as they mature into experienced debaters

 Unique Opportunities at Emory University

  • Regardless of your debate experience, you will have the opportunity to work closely with one of Emory’s full-time debate coaches and nationally competitive college debaters
  • While focused on skill development, our staff are looking to provide you with the opportunity to grow in the future as well as achieve success in the upcoming year