Climb Speech & Debate Camp
Speaking Events Program
Our camp provides outstanding instruction in Speaking Events.
Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking
--speaking with notes after a short amount of preparation.
Oratory, Expository, and Editorial Commentary Speaking
--speaking by memorizing your carefully prepared written speech manuscript.
Interpretation Events: Dramatic, Dual, Prose, Humorous, Interpretive Reading
--performing pieces of literature such as cuttings from plays, poetry, and stories.
For High Schoolers and Middle Schoolers
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION
At the Climb the Mountain Camp, you will learn step by step. Our philosophy is to help you master each key skill to effective speaking. Our staff will work with you to prepare and present your speeches—your manuscripts, your extemp files, your interp cuttings—whatever speaking events you do and want to do. You’ll get encouraging feedback.
At Climb the Mountain Speech and Debate Camp, we support you. We know it takes courage to speak and we know the effort you'll put into making your arguments. We understand students who are nervous about speaking; students who have strong opinions that they want to express; and students who want to learn how to organize their thoughts and express them effectively. At Climb the Mountain, we will work one-on-one with you to realize your goals in a supportive environment.
For most of your day, you work in a small lab interacting one-on-one with our staff members. You will NOT get lost in huge labs and lecture halls. Our staff are people who care about working with you to make you the best that you can be.
PRACTICE WITH FEEDBACK
You will practice each key part of debating one-on-one with a supportive staff member. You'll also engage in multiple debates where you will get the help you need to be effective and the feedback to improve. You will practice and improve your presentations with feedback and redos so you improve.
Can you do two events? Yes. Just work with our instructors to do that. Can you do three events? Probably not but inquire by asking Jim Hanson.