High School Debate Camps

2023 Camps and Dates

Summer of 2023 - we are planning to be in person again!  The website will be updated soon with information and registration for 2023, but in the meantime, dates and brief descriptions are: 

  • 2-week Policy Debate Institute: June 4-17, 2023
    • This is our signature program, which we have offered since the Emory National Debate Institute was founded in 1966.  The majority of the students attending the ENDI will attend this session tailored to the experience level of the student - from students with no debate experience to those who have been debating for a few years.

    • This division is best-suited for students who have the opportunity to debate competitively in policy debate during the regular academic year as students will focus on the upcoming high school topic. 

  • 1-week Fundamentals of Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue: June 4-10, 2023 or June 11-17, 2023

    • 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