Why Classic Debate Camp has moved to Miami University (Ohio)


  1. Room to Grow. In 2016, we started Classic Debate Camp with 19 students and 5 staff members. Kenyon College was the perfect location for our fledgling program. In 2019, we had 74 students and 25 staff members, and that was about all that we could accommodate at Kenyon. In 2022, we are optimistic that even more students will join the CDC community. Miami University has the dormitory and classroom spaces that will allow CDC to continue growing.

  2. Renovated Dormitory with Spaces for Office Hours. Each CDC camper is housed in a single dorm room with an adjustable thermostat (even though most rooms were designed for two roommates). One of the best features of the newly renovated dormitories at Miami is that there are multiple spaces that are perfect for office hours. Office hours are blocks of time in the afternoon and evening when staff members are available to work with campers one-on-one, discussing issues, going over cases, and doing individual drills. There are also plenty of common areas where campers can relax and hang out with each other. Common areas and bathrooms are cleaned by the Miami maintenance staff on a daily basis. To see a short video by Miami University about Etheridge Residence Hall, click here

  3. Recreational Opportunities. In addition to the ping pong table, pool table, and piano in the dormitory, Miami has a terrific Recreational Sports Center that campers can take advantage of during their afternoon free time. The Aquatic Center is highlighted by an eight-lane, 50-meter pool; a separate 25-meter diving pool with multiple platforms; and a leisure pool with a lazy river and hot tub. Additionally, the Sports Center has an 8-lane indoor running track, an indoor soccer court, a racquetball court, a bouldering cave, a climbing wall, and three indoor basketball courts. One highlight of CDC2021 was the epic PF v. LD Basketball Game!

  4. Great Food. Campers eat all their meals together, buffet style, in the Maple Street Dining Commons. Miami's food service is self-operated and dedicated to providing a wide variety of delicious and nutritious food options. 25% of the dining budget is spent on local products. Miami employs dieticians and chefs, and they are prepared to seamlessly manage any food allergies and sensitivities that campers may have. Perhaps best of all, for our growing campers, every meal is all-you-can-eat! And for campers who get hungry in the evening, Classic Debate Camp provides a variety of snacks for free. In 2022, we had Freezer Pop Night, Homemade Brownie Night, Ice Cream Night, and Pizza Night.