Climb Debate Camp
Topics, Prep before Camp

Preparation before Camp?

  • We encourage students and coaches to check Google /Bing/similar News each day. Reading, watching and listening to news is also helpful.

  • Debaters are welcome to prepare materials prior to coming to camp but are not required to do so.

  • Debaters who bring materials to camp should note: all materials used in camp debates and practices must be available to all other campers.

High School Debate Camp Topics

JULY

Resolved: Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

AUGUST

To be announced in late June; we will use one of the 2021-22 NSDA topics.

Middle School Debate Camp Topics

Topics we will cover at the 2021 Elementary Camps:

JULY 2021


TOPIC 1: The US federal government should mandate covid vaccinations in all public areas.

TOPIC 2: The NFL should mandate new helmets to reduce concussions.

TOPIC 3: The US federal government should significantly restrict killing of wolves.

TOPIC 4: Impromptu! Announced 30 minutes before the round starts.

TOPIC 5: Plastic bags should be banned.

TOPIC 6: Impromptu! Announced 30 minutes before the round starts.

AUGUST 2021

TOPIC 1: Healthcare workers should be required to be vaccinated.

TOPIC 2: Schools should provide lunch to all students.

TOPIC 3: The US should switch to the metric system.

TOPIC 4: Impromptu! Announced 30 minutes before the round starts.

TOPIC 5: TO BE ANNOUNCED based on vote happening now.

TOPIC 6: Impromptu! Announced 30 minutes before the round starts.

Example Topics we covered last year:

Humans should colonize Mars.

 

The US should federally mandate the use of facial coverings (aka face masks).

 

Parental consent should not be required for body minor modifications (e.g. piercings, tattoos).

 

Police departments should be defunded very significantly.

Organ donation should be obligatory for all American citizens.

 

The District of Columbia should become the 51st state.

Hamilton is a good way to represent the founding of the United States federal government.

 

Americans should pay more taxes to fund social services and infrastructure projects.

Elementary School Debate Camp Topics

Topics we will cover at the 2021 Elementary Camps:

July 2021

TOPIC 1: Elementary Schools should ban almost all homework.

TOPIC 2: Schools should provide lunch to all students.

TOPIC 3: The US federal government should more aggressively act to prevent wildlife extinction.

TOPIC 4: Plastic bags should be banned.

August 2021

TOPIC 1: The US federal government should mandate covid vaccinations in all public areas.

TOPIC 2: The sale of cigarettes should be banned.

TOPIC 3: The NFL should mandate new helmets to reduce concussions.

TOPIC 4: The United Nations should have more enforcement power to stop poaching.

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peech Topics

  • Speech topics depend on the kind of speech students do.

  • Oratory (Persuasive Speaking): Students choose the topic working with their lab leaders. Important social and political issues that a student argues should be addressed.

  • Expos (Informative Speaking):  Students choose the topic working with their lab leaders. Scientific, cultural, historical and other issues and concepts that need further explanation/development.

  • Impromptu: The camp will choose these topics—usually a word (e.g. “Peace”), a quotation (e.g. “All you need is Love” The Beatles) and a question (e.g. “Should we provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people in the United States?”).

  • Extemp: The camp will choose these topics—questions on current social and political events, e.g. “Should the United States engage in a full military operation against ISIS?”

  • Interpretative Presentations: Students choose pieces of literature (depending on the type of interpretation, poetry, prose-narrative-fictional writing, and/or a play-script). Typically, these pieces address important societal and personal issues—especially ones connected to the student performing the piece.