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Classic Debate Camp Will Be In-Person!  

On Monday, May 10, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration announced that 12-15 year olds may get the Pfizer vaccine!  The possibility that 100% of our campers may be vaccinated before the start of camp on July 10 gives us even more confidence that Classic Debate Camp will be a safe and healthy experience for everyone who attends.  To read the New York Times article about the FDA announcement, click here.  To make this summer as safe as possible, Classic Debate Camp urges everyone who is eligible (age 12 and older) to get vaccinated as soon as possible!


Public health officials and school authorities are giving us the green light to hold our camp at Miami University this summer. Of course, we recognize the possibility that circumstances could change. Nonetheless, we are operating under the assumption that we will be warmly greeting our campers on the beautiful campus of Miami University on July 10, and we are making all the preparations necessary to do so. For the latest information about our evolving Covid Safety Plan, click here.

Classic Debate Camp Scholarships Are Still Available For This Summer! 

Each year approximately 20% of our campers have received financial assistance to attend Classic Debate Camp. We are striving to increase that percentage this year because we don't want the price of our program to be a barrier to anyone. For more info about our tuition, our discounts, and our scholarship program, click here

Congratulations to University MN - Finalists at the 2021 TOC! 

The Public Forum debate team of Marcus Novak and Ananth Menon of University School advanced to the final round at the 2021 Tournament of Champions. Marcus and Ananth attended Classic Debate Camp both in 2018 and 2019. Their teammates   Daniel Yan and Abraham Paik advanced to the octafinal round where they were defeated by the eventual champions from the Dalton School. In the final round, instead of conducting a normal debate round, Marcus and Ananth chose to concede to the  Dalton team and participate in a discussion to raise awareness of transphobia in the debate community. 

Congratulations to the 2021 Mississippi and Ohio Lincoln-Douglas Champions

In the last week of April, Sarah Grace Shurden of Madison High School won 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas debate at the Mississippi state tournament. She also won 2nd place in Original Oratory and 3rd place in Congressional Debate. Sarah Grace attended Classic Debate Camp in 2019. Her lab leaders were two-time Ohio state champion Nick Protasiewicz and NSDA national champion Grace Johannes. In March, Tony Liu of Mason High School won the Ohio state championship in LD. Tony is the 4th Ohio LD state champion in a row who was a graduate of Classic Debate Camp. Tony attended CDC in 2018, and he was a member of Mr. James Lewis's lab. Mr. Lewis's LD debaters have reached the top 5 at the NSDA national tournament in three of the last four years. 

Classic Debate Camp  Offers Minicamps  for Extemporaneous Speaking and Congressional Debate at Miami University 

For more info about our Extemp and Congress programs, click here.  

Classic Debate Camp - Virtual Switches to Two-Week Format in 2021

Following the great success of Classic Debate Camp - Virtual in 2020, we will offer that option this summer from July 26 to August 6. For more info about CDC-V, click here