Olympic Debate & Mock Trial Camp 1.0

Camp Information

  • Grades: Boys and girls in upcoming grades 4-9 for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Location: Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center 
  • Dates:
    • Session I: July 8 - July 12
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Staff: Director: Mike Jackson, M.A. Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, Published Author on the topic of  Switch-Side Debate & Democratic Discussion; Community Middle School Social Studies/U.S. History Teacher, Former World History Teacher & Lead Pilot Teacher of the 8th Grade Global Challenge - awarded “Best Practice in Education” at the the United Nations; WW-P District Strategic Planning Team Leader
  • Lead Instructors: 
  • Instruction/Operations/Judge - Debbie Kline, M.A. Project Management; CMS Social Studies/World History Teacher, WW-P Superintendent's Advisory Council Member,  Lead-Coordinator of the 8th Grade Global Challenge - awarded “Best Practice in Education” at the the United Nations
  • Instruction/Feedback/Judge - Seamus Dowling, M.A. International Studies; Grover Middle School Social Studies/World History Teacher, Lead Pilot Teacher of the 8th Grade Global Challenge, - awarded “Best Practice in Education” at the the United Nations; Former Peace Corp and Teach America Member - provided Humanitarian/Educational Aide in Ethiopia for 4 years 
  • Instruction/Technique/Guidance - Maria Pyle, M.A. Counseling & Guidance Former CMS Social Studies/World History Teacher/ Current WW-P High School North Guidance Counselor, Former Debate Team Competitor
  • Head Debate Coaches: Arushee Sinha, Former Debate Camper & HS North Debate & Mock Trial Club Member, Sayora Shukurova, HS North Debate & Model Congress Club Officer, Oliver Zhong, NJ Academic Decathlon State Champion & Future Problem Solvers WORLD CHAMPION! Jonathan Hu, Former Debate Camp Champion/MVP & CMS Documentary Best Picture Award Winner; Saubhagya Balyan, Former HS North Varsity Basketball Team Captain & Stevens INstitute of Technology Student-Athlete
  • Assistant Counselors: HS North & South Debate, Mock Trial, & Model Congress Club Members & Officers; Former Debate & Mock Trial Camp Standouts/Award Winners

  • 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? Are you interested in winning arguments or influencing your friends, family, and classmates?  Want to be part of the High School Debate, Mock Trial, Model Congress, or Model UN team?  If you answered “YES” to ANY of these questions, then the Olympic Debate & Mock Trial Camp is for YOU!  
If gaining the skills needed to succeed in a career such as law, politics, finance, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) field, or if gaining an advantage in advanced-level history courses such as APUSH (Advanced Placement United States History) or any course requiring research, evidence-based argumentation, and effective/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 that will be transferable to public speaking, persuasive communication (not just speaking but also film-making, graphic design, and marketing and evidence-based argumentation including formal competitive team debates, public policy debates, impromptu debates, and mock trials.   You will learn how to effectively research and organize logical reasoning, quantitative and qualitative evidence and impact to persuade others to support and act on your ideas and proposals.  

We will debate school-related academic and social issues such as the pros and cons of homework, social media, 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. Live guest speakers will show and tell us how advertising executives, business entrepreneurs, environmental scientists, trial lawyers,  local politicians, and global ambassadors convince people to “buy into” their ideas. Campers will come away from Olympic Debate & Mock Trial Camp 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 C-W-I (Claim-Warrant-Impact) approach and the 3-step Refutation Model.  

Each morning and afternoon will culminate with a competition and awards will be presented to the top debaters at the end of the week.  
The week will culminate with a festive Olympic Debate Tournament!

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. Pre- Camp is NOT available for this camp. The Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center does not open till 8:30 am and parents may NOT drop kids off before 8:45 am to give the camp staff the little time they have to set up for the kids. There is a minimum of 4 students for the Post Camp program to run.  If that minimum is not met, the Post Camp program will not run.    

Financial Assistance is available; if you plan to apply you cannot register online. Please come to our office or call x1719 for detailed information.

Staff to camper ratio: 1 to 8

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