Debate Camp 1.0
- Grades: Boys and girls in upcoming grades 6-9; Ages: 10-15
- Location: Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center
- Dates: July 10 - July 14
- Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Staff: Director: Mike Jackson, M.A. Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, Community Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Instructors:Maria Pyle and Debbie Kline, CMS Social Studies Teachers. Seamus Dowling, Grover Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Head Counselor: Michael Bamford, WW-P Graduate, Boston College Pre-law student
Counselors: HS North & South Debate, Model United Nations and/or Model Congress team
- Fee: $240
- Residency: No residency restrictions.
Have you ever been told that you love to argue? Or that you should be an attorney when you grow-up? Want to get into Harvard or Princeton? (A special talent like Debate Team Captain helps!) If you answered “YES” to ANY of these questions, then Debate Camp 1.0 is for YOU! If gaining the skills needed to succeed in a career such as law, politics, finance, or STEM, or if gaining an advantage in advanced-level history courses or any course requiring effective and persuasive communication interests you, then we’d love to have you at Debate Camp! This camp will help you gain and sharpen specific tools and techniques related to persuasive communication and evidence-based argumentation including formal competitive team debates and informal 1-on-1 debates. You will learn how to effectively organize facts and research in problem-solving situations and how to use evidence-based arguments to persuade others to support and act on your ideas and proposals. We will debate school-related academic and social issues such as school uniforms, and tablets vs textbooks. We will debate state-level and national issues such gun control, freedom of speech, immigration and minimum wage; as well as global issues such as climate change, human rights and disease control. You will learn from Ted Talks, Formal team debate competition video clips, how-to sheets, teacher/counselor demonstrations, and live guest speakers about how advertising executives, business entrepreneurs, environmental scientists, trial lawyers, U.S. senators, and global ambassadors convince people to “buy into” their ideas. You will come away from Debate Camp 1.0 with the tools that will empower you to succeed not only in debates, but in ANY argument using specific tools and strategies such as the A-R-E-I (Assertion-Reasoning-Evidence-Impact) approach and the 4-step Refutation Model.
Each morning and afternoon will culminate with a competition and awards to be presented to the top debaters at the end of the week.
The week will culminate with a festive Olympic Debate Tournament in the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center!
Note: There will be one Mock Trial in the middle of the week for the purpose of applying the evidence-based argumentation skills learned in the team debate format to a real life context. If you are interested in a more comprehensive Mock Trial experience, there is a more extensive 3-day Mock Trial camp on July 5-7th (Please refer to Mock Trial 1.0 Camp)
Pre- Camp is not available, however Post Camp will be offered through WWP North Athletic Camps at the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center for an additional fee. Registration for Post Camp must be done prior to the start of camp either on the Township website or in person at the Recreation & Cultural Center.
Financial Assistance is available; if you plan to apply you cannot register online. Please come to our office or call x1719 for detailed information.