This summer program is an immersive experience for middle and high school students across Alabama to come to Samford University to participate in critiqued practice debates. Our championship-winning team mentors these students and helps develop them to debate at the public forum and Birmingham Area Debate League (BADL) level.
The deadline to apply and submit the deposit for the Samford Summer Debate Institute is June 15.
Limited financial aid is available. Price includes the $50 deposit.
“Samford is a great institute for middle school and young high school students to learn the fundamentals and make the next step to varsity debate.
“My 6th grade students attended and came back with excellent flowing skills, confidence as public speakers, and a strong grasp of the basics of argument. The staff is superb and I am excited to send students back to the program.”
North Broward Prep Debate Coach
The Samford University Debate Institute specializes in helping debaters build the skills they need to become champion debaters. Low student to faculty ratios give ample opportunities for individualized instruction and mean you won’t be lost in a crowded lab. Because the camp is skills focused, debaters spend more time debating and practicing and less time in the library.
Debaters learn from experienced, professional faculty who love debate! In many cases, these are the same lab leaders you will find at more expensive camps, but Samford offers you the chance to work with them in smaller groups at a lower price.
Samford has a strong track record working with debaters early in their careers and helping them achieve success, going on to win major national tournaments in high school and college debate.
“My son attended the Samford Debate Institute for 2 weeks.
“We spent 4 hours in the car on the way home and he would not stop talking about how much he had learned, all of the friends he made, and how wonderful the staff/coaches/instructors were. Thank you for an amazing 2 weeks, and we will see you next summer! ”
Samford Institute 2018 Parent
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