Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp

June 28 - July 11 ($2,700)
June 28 - July 18 ($3,700)
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The GDS Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp was created to provide the best possible educational experience for all levels of students to be competitive on the local, state, regional, and national levels. This division balances its instructional approach to address all contemporary practices in Lincoln Douglas Debate including training in continental philosophy, issues of race/gender etc, “progressive” approaches to Lincoln Douglas and more. Students will also leave the Global Debate Symposium with a better understanding of effective research and tournament preparation strategies, and a number of drills to enhance chances of success after they return home.

Lincoln Douglas Traditional Lab

June 28 - July 11 ($2,700)
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Our focus in this lab group is to fill a need in the summer camp market with instructors who are classroom teachers, who value traditional approaches to Lincoln-Douglas debate, and who understand and embrace the need for students to engage topical argumentation, as opposed to evading it. The premise of this group will be for students who debate in circuits that value persuasion and traditional cases , which emphasize a value and criteria, and embrace a style that a Lincoln Douglas “purist” would appreciate.

Advanced Policy Strategies in Lincoln Douglas Lab

June 28 - July 11 ($2,700)
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Many debates in Lincoln Douglas are now centering around “policy arguments” such as topicality, counterplans, disadvantages, solvency arguments, debate theory arguments, and kritiks. To be competitive in many circuits, one must familiarize themselves with this genre/style of argument. The focus of this group will be to hone a student’s skills in both advancing this genre of argument as well as answering them.

World Schools/Lincoln Douglas

June 28 - July 18 ($3,700)
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Students enrolled in the World Schools/Lincoln-Douglas Debate Division at GDS will complete the full World Schools program before moving to the 3rd week program of Lincoln-Douglas Debate, joining others looking for even more training and a competitive edge in the upcoming season.


World Schools Debate

World Schools Debate Camp

June 28 - July 11 ($2,700)
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The Global Debate Symposium World School Debate Camp Division was created to provide the best possible educational experience for students exploring this international format. Students will learn from coaches of the USA Debate team, (the National Team of the National Speech and Debate Association), USA Debate team current alumni and current members, international trainers that coach the national team of other nations, and other trainers who actively coach, or debate in this format.

World Schools/Lincoln Douglas

June 28 - July 18 ($3,700)
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Students enrolled in the World Schools/Lincoln-Douglas Debate Division at GDS will complete the full World Schools program before moving to the 3rd week program of Lincoln-Douglas Debate, joining others looking for even more training and a competitive edge in the upcoming season.


Kritik Lab

Kritik Lab with NDT Champion Eli Smith

June 28 - July 11 ($3,500)
June 28 - July 18 ($3,700)
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The goal of this lab is to prepare students to take a Kritikal approach to all topics for the rest of their debate careers. The lab will utilize reading of primary documents, seminar style training, multiple debates advancing and responding to, kritiks. Student who sign up for this offering should have some experience in debating to ensure the curriculum is developmentally appropriate.


Congressional Debate

Congressional Debate Camp

June 28 - July 11 ($2,700)
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At the Global Debate Symposium Congressional Debate Camp we will investigate best practices in research techniques, bill writing, parliamentary procedure, and more.


Middle School Day Camp

Middle School Day Speech / Debate Camp

June 29 - July 3 ($400)
July 6 - July 10 ($400)
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The Global Debate Symposium is offering its annual commuter program in speech/debate for Middle School students in grades 5 - 8.