Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp

June 28 - July 11 ($1,300)
June 28 - July 18 ($1,800)
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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 ($1,300)
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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 ($1,300)
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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 ($1,800)
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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 ($1,300)
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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 Debate Camp (For International Students) - INCLUDES ALL ELECTIVE WORKSHOPS

June 29 - July 11 ($1,300)
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Last summer the Global Debate Symposium hosted students from China, Canada, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan, and the USA at its physical workshop in Colorado in the USA. The Global Debate Symposium is happy to announce that this summer, there will be on an online, international component for World Schools Debate, that will bring together students, debate trainers, and perspectives, from literally all around the world!

Elective Workshop - World Schools Debating 101 (For International Students)

June 29 - July 2 ($350)
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This program will cover the basic strategies to excel in the World Schools debating format. Instruction will be for students with no experience in the World Schools format, to those with limited experience, or those whose primary experience has been in another format and are now considering the World Schools format. A study of the duties of the speakers, motion analysis, best practices in navigating impromptu preparation, best practices in developing prepared motions, effective uses of Points of Information will be studied along with much, much, more! Students will have debates to begin putting into practice what they have learned. Students will hear perspectives in these areas from trainers from all around the world.

Elective Workshop - Matter Packing/Content Development (For International Students)

July 3 - July 6 ($350)
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This program will focus on students hearing information in the content areas that they must face in both prepared and impromptu motions. Content areas discussed involve motions including, but not limited to, arts and culture, criminal justice, governmental structures, education, economics/trade, environment, personal freedoms, international relations, issues regarding race/racism, religion, sports and more! The key to our model is hearing the perspectives from trainers from all around the world on the same content areas. For example, if you ask a person from the Unites States and someone from Europe who won World War II you might be surprised at the different answers you might receive. With tournaments becoming increasingly international (in both teams and adjudicators), it is important to understand different world views to become truly global citizens. Student will also engage in drills and activities to help them utilize the knowledge gained in competitive settings.

Elective Workshop - Debate Practice Rounds/Electives (For International Students)

July 7 - July 10 ($350)
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This program will focus on practice debates, all of which will include extensive feedback from international trainers. Students will also be given access to popular electives on topics from content to best practices in helping in areas of style, content, and strategy. *Students may sign up for more than one session of the individualized options. *Students will be engaged for 5 to 6 hours average on the individualized track.

World Schools/Lincoln Douglas

June 28 - July 18 ($1,800)
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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 ($1,500)
June 28 - July 18 ($1,800)
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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 ($1,300)
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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.


Daily Schedule

Rest assured, not all days will be this long - our team of teachers & instructors has been hard at work on developing a curriculum that accommodates diverse learning styles, does not require students to spend 10+ hours at their computer a day, and is accessible to students across the country.

Sample Day:

9:00 AM EST - Office Hours (only for EST & CST students)

10:00 AM EST - Advisory (only for EST & CST students)

11:00 AM EST - Morning Lab

12:30 PM EST - Live Elective

2:00 PM EST - Lunch

3:00 PM EST - Instructional Block

4:30 PM EST - Instructional Block

5:30 PM EST Advisory (only for MST & PST students)

6:30 PM EST Office Hours (only for MST & PST students)

Rotating Lesson Plans:

Our Instructional Blocks will feature rotating lesson plans - our new online format provides us with exciting opportunities to try new curricula - students can expect instructional blocks to be filled with a variety of the following over their time at GDS 2020:

  • Reading Groups & Close Reading Sessions
  • Film Analysis
  • Case Writing Workshops
  • Lab Time
  • Drill Modules
  • Practice Debates