Potomac Oak Debate Camp 2020!

About our camp:

This two week summer camp is designed for rising 5th-9th graders (with or without debate experience). During this camp, we strive to nurture creativity and intellectual curiosity, develop critical thinking faculties, and build effective oral and written communication skills. As an added bonus, our camp is a lot of fun! Please see below for a full schedule and a more in depth description of each activity.

Dates
Session 1: June 29 - July 10
Session 2: July 13 - July 24          
Session 3: July 27 - August 7

Locations

 

Monday-Thursday: Temple Beth Ami

Friday: Field Trips - meet at Potomac Oak Tutoring office

Pricing
Now - May 1st: $820
May 16th - camp start date: $890

NO CANCELLATION FEE!

Model Congress

Students learn how to form cogent arguments -- both written and spoken -- by creating their own legislative proposals while abiding by the rules and decorum of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. As a culminating presentation, they present their legislation to congressional staffers on Capitol Hill.

Skills

  • grammar and style

  • argumentation

  • critical thinking

Mock debates

Mock debates follow the Public Forum format, requiring students to deliver constructive speeches, rebuttals, summaries, and final focuses, as well as engage in crossfires. Speakers will receive oral critiques to help them improve.

 

This is where everything really comes together. Debating helps students become better public speakers, think critically, identify logical fallacies, and gain confidence. Students benefit regardless of whether they wish to pursue organized competitive debate.  

Skills

  • public speaking

  • argumentation

  • quick thinking

  • logic

  • analysis

Research and Casing

Drawing upon current topics selected by the National Speech and Debate Association, these sessions help students master the art of "casing" debates. Students conduct research and write constructive speeches in preparation for in-class mock debates.

Skills

  • casing debates

  • argumentation

  • research

  • data interpretation

  • analysis

Impromptu Speeches

Students rely on their quick wits and knowledge of current events to make speeches on the spot. With a casual format and a welcoming environment, this activity encourages kids to come out of their shells and get comfortable speaking in front of people.

Skills

  • public speaking

  • argumentation

  • quick thinking

Field trip Fridays

It's vital for kids to learn and explore beyond the confines of the classroom. Luckily, geography is on our side here: the Washington, DC area is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty.

 

Every Friday, the students get to go on a field trip to a museum, park, or landmark. The agenda for Summer 2020 is not finalized yet, but will include a visit to the Capitol, where students will tour the chambers of the House and Senate, and, if they get lucky, maybe even catch a real floor debate

Monday - Thursday Schedule

9:00 

 

9:15

10:45

12:15

1:15

2:00

3:30

4:45

5:00

Drop off

Impromptu speaking

Casing/research

Lunch

Afternoon activity

Mock debates

Model congress

Afternoon announcements

Pick up

Friday (field trip) Schedule

9:00 

 

9:30

10:15

12:00

1:15

3:30

4:30

4:45

5:00

Drop off

Bus pick up

Arrive at museum, begin tour​

 

Lunch

Continue museum tour

Bus pick up

Arrive back at office

Afternoon announcements

Pick up

*This schedule is tentative and subject to change

 

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