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

Resolved: A just government ought to recognize an unconditional right of workers to strike.

Middle School Debate Camp Topics

JULY 2021


TOPIC 1: The US federal government should require people to be vaccinated to be allowed into nearly all public indoor 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.

TOURNAMENT TOPICS

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 Covid 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.

TOURNAMENT TOPICS

TOPIC 5: All animal testing should be banned.

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

Elementary School Debate Camp Topics

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 require people to be vaccinated to be allowed into nearly all public indoor 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.