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This summer, come to Cornell’s Ithaca campus for a live camp with us! High school students will learn new debating techniques during this camp and have the chance to put them to use in adjudicated tournament debates as well as intra-camp practice sessions. One of the distinctive aspects of this camp is the presence of Cornell faculty as camp lecturers. We also have renowned debate coaches from top high school and college programs, as well as outstanding college debaters. Students will learn cutting-edge intellectual perspectives on current political issues. The World Schools Debate (WSD) format will be used in our debate technique lesson, but we’ll also cover a wide range of topics that apply to all debate styles. Students will take part in Cornell’s Debate after the camp.

Please take note that the arrival date for residential campers is July 29 and the departure date is August 6. Only on July 30 will camp instruction and debates start, and they won’t end until August 5. If you’re coming to the camp as a residential camper, you should schedule your arrival for July 29 (not earlier) and your departure for August 6 (not later). If you’re a commuter (local) camper, you should schedule your attendance for July 30-August 5.

Camp Dates: July 29, 2023 (Saturday) – August 6, 2023 (Sunday)

Camp features

  • Full day sessions (9am to 5pm ET, July 30-Aug 5) that feature lectures, instruction, and student debates – all taking place on Cornell’s central campus in Ithaca.
  • Topic lectures by Cornell faculty and lecturers
  • Debate lectures and instruction by top debate coaches
  • Practice debates and further instruction in small cohort sessions
  • Additional opportunities for instruction via elective lectures and office hours with coaches
  • Tournament debates where campers can debate campers from other cohorts
  • End-of-camp banquet, where each student who enrolls in and completes the camp will receive an official Cornell certificate, including a Cornell University seal, that is dated and signed by Camp Director Armands Revelins and Speech and Debate Program Director Sam Nelson at the end of the camp.
  • Residential campers will be housed on Cornell’s Ithaca campus dorms, will eat meals at Cornell’s dining halls (the same dorms and dining halls used by undergraduate students during an academic semester at Cornell), and participate in staff-led recreational activities on campus from dinner until bedtime.
  • Commuter campers will participate in the same 9am to 5pm activities as residential campers July 30-Aug 5, with lunch on each of those days and the end-of-camp banquet included.

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