General FAQ for Parents

General Information Summer 2019

All students will check into Mathias Hall,  which is located at:

123 E Uintah St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Those utilizing transportation provided by the camp will be taken directly to that dormitory from the airport to check in. Those arriving via their own transportation should proceed directly to Mathias to check in. Upon check in, students will be shown to their dorm by workshop staff. Any student staying in the dorms may bring a car and will be given parking instructions, but must turn over their car keys to the dorm director until check out. If students are commuters they may drive themselves to and from camp but must check in each morning, check out each evening, and must agree to not utilize their vehicle during the day.

All Global Debate Symposium students will be issued a room key and an access card with a Colorado College lanyard. The access card is used for entry into the correct housing building and into the dining hall. There is a $25.00 charge for lost keys plus a $50.00 charge for a required lock change, in addition to a $15.00 charge for lost access cards. Lanyards should be worn at all times by workshop participants to ensure that Colorado College Campus Safety knows they are authorized to be on campus.  

For those Flying to Camp

Please make sure to bring a valid photo ID.

Please make sure that as you pack you have accounted for possible checked bag fees. If you plan to carry the bag onboard please make sure to check that the bag’s dimensions are within the airline’s regulations.

If your child is flying alone, please check with their airline for any travel requirements related to unaccompanied minors. If there are any requirements imposed by your airline (such as having an adult meet your child at the gate) please contact us so advance arrangements can be made.

What should I bring?

  • Casual clothes (no need for tournament attire). For reference, expected temperatures In Colorado Springs during camp  range from 50 degrees to 85 degrees. 
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Laptop & Charger
  • Flash Drive
  • Pens
  • Notebook/Legal Pad/Paper
  • Pillow
  • Blankets (bed linens are provided)
  • Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock (or cell phone)
  • Towels
  • Refillable Water Bottle (very important!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Photo ID
  • Timer/stopwatch (if not using a cell phone timer)


  • Cell Phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Extension cords
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Frisbee/Basketball
  • Shower Shoes
  • Spending money (all meals are provided. Spending is only needed for photo copies, laundry, snacks and souvenirs)

Can I Receive Mail During Debate Camp?

There is a full service post office located on the lower level of the Wormer Campus Center. Workshop participants receiving personal mail should have those letters/packages sent to the following address:

Student’s Name
Attention: Global Debate Symposium
C/O Residential Life and Housing, Colorado College
14 East Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Upon delivery to the campus post office, mail will be delivered to the residential hall where the student is staying.

Dormitory Life

Every room will have bed linens, bath towels, a bar of soap and plastic cups for each individual. Each bed is made with clean linens upon guest arrival. Students may contact Colorado College’s residential staff for details on how fresh linens and towels may be requested.

Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in all residential facilities. Students will be housed in Mathias during the workshop. 

Some students will have roommates while others may not. Single rooms can be guaranteed subject to an additional fee. We will attempt to honor roommate preferences to the degree possible. We will also try to group students of similar ages and with comparable experience levels whenever possible since many times they are on the same schedule/have similar work loads. All students are required to clean their rooms before checkout. Students who violate dorm rules with be asked to leave the workshop.

What do I need to bring for the room?

As mentioned previously linens are provided but if you wanted towels from home or other items that you are comfortable with, feel free to bring them. The beds are all twin size. Students should bring any necessary toiletries, including but not limited to a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair care essentials, and hygiene essentials.

Students should also bring a reusable water bottle. Water bottle fill stations are available across campus.

What kind of clothes will you need at debate camp?

There will not be any events that require semi-formal or formal attire. Summer causal clothes are best. A hoodie or light jacket may be advisable at night as it could be a bit chilly at night for some of you.

Will you need your laptop at debate camp? 

Yes, if you have a laptop we highly encourage you to bring it. Increasingly, lots of research and organization of materials will happen electronically. Please work to ensure that all computers have Microsoft Word (or something compatible) that will access materials that the administration or lab leaders will send students. Tablets can be used as well but the students should be able to access the same programs we request of a regular laptop. Three items for those that bring laptops to debate camp:

  • All students are responsible for any technology they bring to camp. The Global Debate Symposium is not responsible for items, lost, damaged or stolen with they are attending the workshop. While we feel security is exceptional on campus, we are on a college campus and the utmost care should be extended in caring for their devices.
  • Please make sure all computers brought to the workshop have the latest spyware, anti-virus software.
  • Students should bring any necessary accessories for any technology they bring, including power cords, external storage, etc.

If you don’t have a laptop please don’t worry as we will have a few loaner laptops that students can access in emergency situations. We have also taught students without technology for years and students will not suffer if they don’t have a computer.

Is there a need for extra money?

If possible, bringing a little extra money to camp couldn’t hurt. Many times students will want late night food (take out, etc.), need funds for limited copies in the library, or want to purchase things from a nearby convenience store to have in their rooms. Students won’t need much extra spending money but it never hurts to have a little available.

What debate camp supplies might I need?

All students should have pens, flow paper, and a notebook (there will be times students will be asked to put away their technology to emphasize the importance of physical note-taking and to maximize retaining their full attention).

Do we have access to a gym/fitness facility?

Global Debate Symposium attendees age 16 or older will have access to the Adam F. Press Fitness Center. The fitness center is one of the finest of its kind in the West. The 30,000 square – foot, multilevel facility offers a full complement of fitness machines and state of the art equipment with a floor to ceiling view of the Front Range and Pikes Peak. Students under 16 may be able to utilize the facility if accompanied by a staff member.

What is security like on the campus/dorms?

Colorado College is located in a neighborhood that borders downtown Colorado Springs.  The campus is in an urban setting and is not secluded.  The Office of Campus Safety provides educational programs, service, support, emergency response, and 24-hour high visibility patrol for the CC community. The college's Campus Safety patrol officers are not armed and do not have arrest powers. However, as part of Campus Safety's "Blended Model" of community policing, an armed Campus Resource Officer assigned to the college is on campus during normal business hours and after hours, the Colorado Springs Police helps in patrolling the campus.  Emergency call lights are located throughout the campus and are identified by a blue light at the top of posts all over campus.

Students have swipe cards that will get them in and out of their dorms. All students must be in the dorm at 10 pm and in their rooms at 11 pm. The workshops staff will be doing room checks every night. The buildings are locked and secure. All students will be given a series of emergency phone numbers – we can provide parents those numbers as well. Unlike many summer debate workshops, all members of the Global Debate Symposium staff must complete a background check conducted by an independent entity.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Parents may email non-urgent requests to and will receive a response within 24 hours.