Oxford Debate, Congressional Debate, & Parliamentary Debate


A: June 17-21 
E: July 22-26

Students will learn debate in the Oxford, Congressional, and Parliamentary styles. The Oxford-style debate format involves a debate on a predetermined statement – also called a “motion” – from two opposing perspectives. The two sides (two students per team) either argue “for” or “against” the motion within a formalized structure. Congressional Debate is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements), which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law and then take action on by voting for or against the legislation. Parliamentary debate is a contest of reason, wit and rhetorical skill which simulates debate in a theoretical House of Parliament. Two teams, the Government and the Opposition, of two debaters each, consider a resolution proposed to the House. A different resolution is proposed each round. The debate is moderated by a Speaker of the House, who will also serve as judge for the round. In parliamentary debate, emphasis is placed on quick thinking, logical argumentation and analysis, an command of rhetoric over extensive research or collection of evidence. Accordingly, no recorded evidence or other outside written material may be consulted during the round.

Students are encouraged to pair this one-week camp with either the Speech: Oratorical and Humorous Interpretation, Expository, Impromptu Speaking, the “Accelerated Prep Session for Lincoln Douglas Debate, or the Middle School Beginner Debate camps.

Who should enroll: This camp session is ideal for those with prior debate experience. Students who have previously enrolled in debate may enjoy learning these new debate styles. New middle school students are also welcome to enroll.

Who: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
Rate: $700 per one-week camp session (per student)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.