Climb Speech & Debate Camp
Lincoln Douglas Program
Important Announcement: Beginning in the Fall 2021, Climb the Mountain will have an Afterschool High School Program including participating in tournaments!
Our camp provides intensive preparation and practice on the civil disobedience topic—a great LD topic for all debaters. Our institute has students prepare and debate cases.
ONE-ON-ONE WORK IN SMALL LABS
You do not sit in large lectures for most of the day at our camp. You do not research in a corner of a library and you do not sit in a lab with 16 to 20 other students. For most of your day, you work in small labs interacting one-on-one with our staff members. Our staff includes LD state and national champions, people who have excelled in the Northwest and on the national circuit in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. These debaters have continued their success in college advancing to late elimination rounds at national championship tournaments. Most importantly, our staff are people who care about working with you to make you the best that you can be.
TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY
Students will be exposed to traditional philosophical perspectives but they will also learn about contemporary and post-modern perspectives. LD debaters will leave our camp with a broad based philosophical background that covers Rousseau, Locke, Rawls, Etzioni, MacKinnon, Foucault, and many others.
ADVANCED DEBATE SKILLS
Students will learn advanced rhetorical and debate strategies and theories by examining judge adaptation, values, criteria, philosophers, and rebuttals. We also have different levels of lectures so that students learn the materials most important to their success.
TONS OF PRACTICE DEBATES AND DRILL SESSIONS
LD debaters will engage in full debates with critiques plus practice sessions covering affirmative and negative case construction, refutation, rebuilding arguments, cross-examination, and values and criteria plus progressive style arguments including kritiks, counterplans, theory, etc.
TIME FOR STRATEGY AND REFINEMENT
Debaters engage in and learn at our camp to practice with their cases, to adjust and strategize the cases for maximum effectiveness, and to better reflect on what went well and what to improve on when debating during the actual year.
Our goal is for you to leave camp ready for regional and national circuit competition. Your high school doesn't have debate? Climb is beginning a new high school afterschool debate program in the Fall.