ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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
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