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.
LD Debate Camp Topics
Resolved: Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.
Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.
Parli 3 on 3 Debate Camp Topics
Topics we will cover in both weeks (the SU Nov tournament topics):
Social media is more effective than mainstream news outlets to end the toleration of racism.
The future of middle school should be online instruction.
Impromptu topics (easy to debate topics that you will have a shorter amount of time to prepare on before you debate them)
Topics we will cover during week one or two.
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.
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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.