Fundamentals of Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue

Fundamentals of Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue

One-week Online Session June 5-10, 2022
One-week Online Session June 12-17, 2022

This camp experience provides engaging debate and argumentation practices by which to explore multiple dimensions of topics relevant in today's society.  Topics have included food access injustice, sanctuary cities, and social media privacy.  Unlike a traditional school setting, FOD offers campers time for in-depth guided exploration on a topic, activities to conduct meaningful and engaging critical thought on a topic, and the experience to synthesize each topic with a culminating argument-based simulation.  Each day is structured to ultimately give campers debate-based thinking routines that translate into real-world skills, such as evidence analysis, independent thinking, public speaking, critical thinking, and group consensus building. Campers connect in a debate setting without needing formal debate experience - just an interest in argumentation and intellectual exploration! 

This camp is not geared toward preparing students to participate on a competitive debate team in high school.

Quality Debate Instruction

  • Small groups led by award-winning college coaches, high school coaches, and contemporary college debaters
  • Focus on the real-world application of:
    • critcal thinking
    • critical inquiry
    • public speaking
    • argumentation
    • evidence analysis
    • independent thinking
    • group consensus building
    • listening to & respecting difference

Feedback from Fundamentals of Debate Campers

  • "I absolutely loved it. Amazing, eye opening, and interactive. Best camp I've ever been to. Very easy to talk and engage."
  •  "I loved the mock debate we did with partners on given arguments. It was fast paced and realistic, and I had to learn how to find evidence and apply logic to formulate my argument."
  • "What I learned here will translate well into making my essays more effective and will help in all my classes."
  • "I feel more confident in myself as a result of this camp."

Typical Daily Schedule - if Online (all times Eastern)

Sunday, June 5th/12th

Meet the Staff:  7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Fun Evening Activity:  8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, June 6th/13th  – Friday, June 10th/17th

Morning Lab:  10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Afternoon Lab:  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 Asynchronous Activity:  On student’s own time
(videos or activities to enhance what is being discussed in lab)

Fun Evening Activity (optional):  8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.