Top High School Policy Debate Camps
Top High School Policy Debate Institutes: Ranking the Best of the Best Debate Camps for 2010
Looking for a top policy debate institute in your budget or geographical range? Alex Gulakov (also known as Synergy to many in the debate community) pointed out this, which created a tiered system of camps. Certainly all camps have different content focuses and strengths. This serves as a starting point. Ask other debaters for more input. One way to do so is ask a specific question about the best summer debate camp for you your time, budget, geographical, and experience level needs.
DDI, Michigan Seven Week, Northwestern
SDI, Michigan Classic, Miami, GDI
UNT, Kentucky, UT, Emory
JDI, WDW, WFI, WNDI, Berkeley
all unlisted camps
Rhizome suggested this modified system:
DDI, Michigan Seven Week,
SDI, Michigan Classic, GDI, UT, UNT, Northwestern
Kentucky, Emory, JDI
WFI, WNDI, Berkeley
all unlisted camps
The only caveat is the Miami is gone and Georgetown deserves a spot in the rankings. Also, the virtual option by Mike at Berkeley is also not listed, given that its new and it doesn’t have a tournament. As a general rule its only a supplement, not a replacement of the traditional (bricks and mortar) debate institute experience. Arguably, however, this is a summary of the best institutes in the country.
As a former high school and collegiate debater who went on to coach college debate for several years, I thought this could be helpful for those who are trying to get through the slick advertising they read in the Rostrum or online from a semi-objective source. Only in this way, can they make the best debate camp choice for their money.
Remember: if you are a regional debater or perhaps a novice or junior varsity debater–this ranking may not jive with your needs perfectly but it should give you a fantastic hunch and should be a step in the right direction. At the end of the day–1) pick a great debate camp and 2) debate camp is what you make of it.
Also deserving mention is the Georgetown Debate Seminar