Olympic Debate & Mock Trial Camp 2.0

Camp Information

  • Grades: Boys and girls in upcoming grades 5-10 for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Location: Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center 
  • Dates: July 29 - August 2
  • 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


Debate 2.0 is limited to participants who have already completed a week of Debate Camp & Mock Trial Camp 1.0, anyone already registered for a week of Olympic Debate & Mock Trial Camp 1.0 for the summer of 2019, or incoming 9th and 10th graders.     It will feature an accelerated pace and more advanced program designed to sharpen debate and mock trial skills at a more competitive level. Less time will be spent on the acquisition of skill though mini-lessons and modeling and more time will be spent engaged in competitive debates, and mock trials. Students will receive direct instruction, practice, and feedback in the use of rhetoric:  literary devices such as stealing thunder, and using repetition, parallelism, analogies, and metaphors.  Debaters will also learn to recognize logical fallacies such as faulty cause & effect, leaping to conclusions, hap-hazardous generalizations, slippery slope, apples to oranges, and straw man arguments.  These sophisticated communication tools will not only take the debater in this camp to a whole different level, but it will build the foundation for highly persuasive communication in many other venues such as oral presentations, documentary film-making, Mock Trial, Model Congress, and Model United Nations.    

Since less time will be devoted to the direct teaching of the fundamental debate format, campers will be engaged in more sophisticated debate topics and involving STEAM concepts (ex:  Is Human activity responsible for Global Warming?  If so, what federal laws should be enacted to decrease fossil fuel emissions and promote green energy?)  We will tackle sophisticated political and public policy issues such as immigration and criminal justice reform  throughout the week. The week will feature one preliminary tournament and will culminate with a festive Olympic Debate Tournament in the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center and a Mock Trial in the Plainsboro Municipal Courthouse! 

This summer, we are excited to announce that our continuingly evolving organization will be adding an individual Impromptu Debate competition to the 2.0 & 3.0 sessions in which student will be given just five minutes to prepare a one-minute debate speech - sure to be an exciting addition to a more advanced Debate Camp experience!

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.  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. 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.  

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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