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Summer Debate Camp - Two Week Intensive for Beginners
In this two week course students will be taught how to become better at public speaking, argument, critical thinking, listening, and organization through an intensive experience that will emphasize growth and improvement from day to day.
There are no upcoming classes.
year old learners
learners per class
$16 per class
Meets 5x per week
Over 2 weeks
60 minutes per class
US Grade 4 - 7
During this two week long debate camp students will learn the basics of speech and debate through a hands on approach where kids participate everyday right from the start. At the end of the two weeks students will participate in a mini-tournament and leave with increased self-confidence and the skills they need to better express themselves in the world. No prior debate experience is required to participate but students should come ready and excited to jump into learning right away. Each class...
Students will learn how to to become a better public speaker, critical thinker, and improve their skills in listening and notetaking.
The BCDA's founder has been run a competitive college debate team for twenty years. He has also run elementary and middle school debate workshops for the past four years both in the US and internationally. We have now taught well over a thousand kids from countries around the world digitally through this platform with great reviews. If for whatever reason you feel the class didn't live up to what you were looking for, please contact us for a refund. We are offering these courses as a way for students to get the benefits of debate and peer-directed education while schools are shutdown. Debate is not necessarily for everyone, but we are confident that if your kid is excited about it they will enjoy this class, and don't want you paying if that's not the case.
There will be some lessons where students will be encouraged to redo their speeches from prior days so we ask them to keep their notes from day to day and reflect back on what they learned between class.
Students should come with paper and something to write with. Taking notes on a computer is also entirely fine. A timer is suggested, but not required.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Students will be assessed on whether or not they won their debate rounds based upon how well they argued their side and answered their opponents.
5 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
We only use age appropriate topics and teach students to be sensitive to others. If there are any topics you don't want to have covered please message us upon enrolling for the course.
There are no materials necessary for this course.
The Broome County Debate Alliance (BCDA) was founded by Joe Schatz. He is the Director of Debate at Binghamton University, holds a PhD in English, and has two kids, ages 12 and 13. His debate program has consistently been ranked in the top ten in...