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Premier Debate is dedicated to excellence in education, coaching, and discussion of nationally competitive debate. We offer one, two, and three week residential and day camps for high school and middle school debaters. Students come to our camps from all over the country, including Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. Our faculty have decades of debate experience as coaches and competitors across all speech and debate events.
2-Week Main Session (June 24 - July 8)
Intense and fun two-week debate camp in Los Angeles, California.
1-Week Drill Session (July 8 - July 15)
One week of drills, practice debates, and camp tournament following the main session in Los Angeles, California.
1-Week Focus Session (July 15 - July 22)
One week for mastering particular debate styles, such as philosophy, kritik, and policy debate in Los Angeles, California.
THE PREMIER TRACK RECORD
Since Fall 2015, Premier alums have earned over 64 TOC bids. 20% of all alums have earned TOC bids.
# OF ELIMINATION DEBATES THIS YEAR
In the past three months, Premier alums have appeared in over 57 elimination rounds.
% RATED CAMP 8/10 OR ABOVE
95.5% of Premier alums rated the camp 8/10 or above in our post-camp evaluation surveys.
% YEARS IN TOC OUTROUNDS SINCE 2012
Directors Bob & John have coached debaters to outrounds at TOC for 7 years running, including 1 champion, 1 semifinalist, 2 quarterfinalists and 1 top speaker.
A DAY AT CAMP
Morning lab: Throughout the two week session, students will spend time with their lab, a class grouped by skill level and interests with about a dozen students and 2-3 faculty. Premier will maintain a balance of senior staff who are experienced teachers, and college staff who have recent debating experience. We design all of our content to be responsive to the specific skill level of the small group lab.
Core lecture and drills: Students will attend a mandatory lecture on the camp core that will be tailored to their skill level. For example, novices or debaters with only one year of experience may take Intro to Kantian Philosophy, while the most experienced debaters will take an advanced lecture on contemporary literature, different metaethical approaches employed by Kantian philosophers, and responses to critics.
Lunch: Students will have access to the university’s dining halls and student union, which typically have a variety of food, including fast food restaurants. We are able to accommodate any specific dietary needs. The cost of meals are included in tuition.
Afternoon lab: Up to the discretion of the lab leaders, this block may include practice debates, drills, or supplementary lecture material. In the second week, practice debates will be a daily feature of all labs.
Electives: Students will have the option to attend lectures on subjects of their choosing. In the past, we've run electives on the principles of strategy, afropessimism kritiks, the politics disad, and feminism.
Dinner: Students will go to the dining hall and choose from a wide variety of healthy and delicious meals that rotate daily.
Evening: Our most frequent evening event is office hours where students have a chance to work with instructors 1-on-1 and clear up any questions they may have from the day. Demonstration debates and lectures are also common in this timeslot. Occasionally, we'll have camp-wide special events like trivia competitions, building competitions, relay races or scavenger hunts!
Check back for Faculty updates throughout the season!
Co-Director, coached over 100 TOC bids, 2x TOC finalists, TOC top speaker, and champions of many state/invitational tournaments. Expert in debate theory, strategy, policy-style argument.
Senior Faculty, debate coach at The Meadows School (NV), coached for 30 years (including state champions in NC, MI, and IL), taught camps for over 25 years, led over 40 labs. Expert in research and policy debate.
Senior Faculty, former champion of Churchill and the Hockaday Women's RR, coached many elim rounds in her young career, works with debaters in CA, TX, and MN. Expert in kritiks, performance, identity politics, Deleuze.
Senior Faculty, head LD coach of Edina High School with policy and LD experience, four TOC bid rounds and one bid. Expert in kritiks, k affs, util debates.
Junior Faculty, president of Klein Oak's debate team, earned four TOC bids so far, semifinals of Greenhill, 5th in Big Questions Debate at NSDA Nationals. Expert in judge adaptation, topicality, Deleuze.
Senior Faculty, debated LD and policy, qualified to TOC with many elim appearances and round robin invitations. Expert in policy-style debate.
Senior Faculty & VP of Marketing, former champion of Golden Desert, competed in many round robins and earned six TOC bids. Expert in transitioning to circuit debate, policy-style debate, stock kritiks.
Senior Faculty, TOC qualifier, two-time semifinalist at NCFL Nationals, has coached many TOC bids. Expert in philosophy/framework debate, aff construction, crystallization.
Senior Faculty & VP of Marketing, qualified to TOC, reached many elim rounds, champion of the Jack Howe Invitational. Expert in the politics disad, case research, topicality, policy-style debate.
Senior Faculty, TOC champion, late elim round participant at many tournaments, top 5 speaker awards at three. Expert in theory, evidence comparison, util debate, strategy.
Jong Hak Won
Senior Faculty, TOC qualifier, seven TOC bids, finals of the Stanford Invitational. Expert in policy-style debate, transitioning to circuit debate.
Junior Faculty, two-time TOC qualifier, 5 career bids (so far), champion of UPS and Presentation RR, president of Palo Alto HS speech/debate. Expert in Ks, aff strategy, policy, and succeeding from a small school.
Don't take our word for it! Read what previous campers have to say:
PDI is one of the best camps if you really want to improve. The amount of one on one time is insane, giving you lots of time to improve on your specific weaknesses.
TOC CHAMPION, PDI FACULTY, PHOENIX COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (AZ)
Premier is a great way to learn your basics and get ready to debate on the circuit really fast. The various amount of skills you learn from different instructors that have a wide range of knowledge creates a foundation that will truly influence your debate career. If you’re a small school debater and you need more one on one time, this is the place to go!
TROY HIGH SCHOOL (CA)
Honestly, I learned a lot here, everyone on the staff was helpful and supportive. If you're looking for a camp that will push you to achieve your goals, this is the place to be.
HUNTER HIGH SCHOOL (UT)
The Invitation-Only Week was probably my favorite camp ever.
JONAS LE BARILLEC
PENINSULA HIGH SCHOOL (CA), 3X TOC QUALIFIER, BID LEADER, PDI FACULTY
Camp was really fun and the food is the best you'll get anywhere. I've never done LD before but I was able to get 3-3 in the camp tournament after 3 weeks of class. If you don't choose to come here and go to another debate camp you're making a mistake.
RANCHO PICO JR. HIGH (CA)
Click the register button as soon as you see it because the two weeks that you spend at debate camp will be some of the most memorable that you will ever have. All the lab leaders and other campers are fantastic.
EDINA HIGH SCHOOL (MN)
It's a great experience; you won't get the level of attention at other top-tier camps that you receive at PDI. I have gotten better exponentially thanks to PDI.
LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL (CA)
Premier's really unique because it's very much an individualized camp- the amount of one-on-one time you get with the instructors is really unheard of anywhere else. This makes you not only adept at prep for a specific topic, but improving in all of your skills, and really rapidly getting you accustomed to a lot of different styles of debate.
WEST SALT LAKE CITY HIGH SCHOOL (UT)
Camp has honestly been one of the coolest things I have ever done. The guidance and attention you get from the instructors is great, and everyone is able to improve in many different ways, no matter what their strengths or weaknesses are at the beginning of camp. Students are allowed a lot of independence but are still able to get work done. I met so many new friends and I know without a doubt I would love to come here again next year.
2016 Los Angeles Camper
Speaking from experience as a first timer at debate camp, I was uncomfortable with the idea of spending two weeks of my summer focusing only on debate. On the contrary, when I arrived at PDI and met the friendly staff, I knew I was in for a fun two weeks. PDI has taught me in-depth on things my coaches would have never covered. The knowledge and experience gained at PDI is unmatched.
2016 Minnesota Camper
One of the greatest frustrations I always experienced with debate camps was trying to get individualized help. At other camps, there would be too many other kids or the staff just didn't care enough about me or I would just be too intimidated to ask for help. At Premier, I got truly excellent individualized attention. All of the staff I interacted with were always willing to answer questions, no matter how basic they were, and if I wanted to do drills to improve, there'd always be someone ready to sit down with me... One of my fondest moments was when one staff member sat down with me all the way to curfew helping me generate theory arguments on the spot. That is an experience I would never have had at any other camp. If you want a camp that cares about your progress and has the staff to back it up, Premier Debate is your best option.
2016 Minnesota Camper
I was able to work with and approach every lab leader, which is rarely seen at other camps. The community aspect is really prevalent, which made it the best camp I have ever gone to. The staff was excellent and I am looking forward to returning and would highly recommend this camp to any debater.
2016 Los Angeles Camper
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