We will be offering virtual summer camps starting June 15th. These camps will closely resemble our in-person camps utilizing our experiential debate curriculum.

A typical day may look like this (please note we offer shortened versions for younger campers):

9:00-9:20 – Icebreakers and introduction to the daily debate topic
9:20-9:45 – Staff led virtual tour of trip
9:45-9:55 – Student choice: Movement break, Off-screen break, game
9:55-10:35 – DIF games and activities 
10:35-10:45 – Student choice: Movement break, Off-screen break, game
10:45-11:00 – Team debate prep
11:00-11:25 – Debate round
11:25-11:30 – Daily wrap up

Field Trip and Topic Research

We begin our day discussing our daily topic: what it means and what teams negative/affirmative are arguing. We then go to our daily field trip, which is intimately related to our topic. With guided research scavenger hunts, Team Affirmative and Team Negative work throughout the trip to find evidence for their arguments.

Debate Skill Activities 

After our riveting field trip and recess/lunch, we focus on building our core debate skills. We play games to help students become stronger and deeper thinkers, more confident in their presentation skills, and more empathetic when considering other views.


We end our day tying together our topic research and our debate skills. We have actual debates (team, partner, individual, etc.) where students must use their field trip research as evidence in their arguments and refutations.


Sessions currently run June 15th-19th and June 22nd-26th


For students ages 9-14:

Session A: 9:00am - 11:30am Central Time

Session B: 1:00pm-3:00pm Central Time

For students ages 6-8

Session A: 9:00am-10:30am

Session B: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Field Trip and

Topic Research

Debate Skill


Mock Debates

Past topics have included:

  • Debate about censorship and a trip to WGN TV

  • Debate about artificial intelligence and a trip to a Robotic Exhibit

  • Debate about juvenile justice and a trip to the Daley Center 

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