Summer Institute

Our camp will run online this summer. You can register your student here: ETHS Speech and Debate Camp Registration

Evanston Speech and Debate Summer Institute

8/3-8/7, 2020

What: A week of training and practice in the art of 

                     speech and debate

Lectures and workshops with ETHS and guest coaches.

Who: Returning ETHS Speech and Debate team members as well as any students, middle or high school, interested in speech and debate.

When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Mon-Fri

Two types of experiences:

Intro to Speech and Debate

For new and prospective students, this program teaches argumentative writing, research, and performance skills

Middle School Policy Workshop

Prepare for the upcoming policy debate season: research the topic, engage in drills and practice debates

Where: Online via Zoom; details and links will be emailed to registered families

Tuition: $250 (scholarships available)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is participation in the camp necessary to be on the team?

No; several varsity team members will be attending the training camp, and we hope several new members will take advantage of this opportunity to get a lead on the season, but the camp is not required.

If my student attends the camp, does she have to then join the team?

No; the camp is designed to train team members, but does not commit any students to the team itself. The camp will be useful to all students, as it will emphasize clear writing, performing, and researching skills.

What sort of things will new students learn at the camp?

The curriculum for new students will introduce them to the basics of argumentative writing, research, and performance. Students will learn about national and regional speech and debate competitions, as well as speech and debate at ETHS.

What sort of things will returning team members learn at the camp?

The curriculum for returning students will focus on event preparation and skill development. Students will engage in focuses drills and practice sessions to improve efficiency, clarity, and persuasiveness in speech and debate rounds.

Will lunch be provided?

Not this year, as we are running online.

What's the daily schedule look like?

Each day will have four one to one-and-a-half hour sessions, at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. This will allow ample engagement and instructional time, but also give ample breaks throughout the day.