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, so we need a larger venue. Miami University has the dormitory and classroom space that will allow CDC to continue growing.

  2. Updated Dormitory with Spaces for Office Hours. 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.

  3. More 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. Among other things, the Sports Center has an 8-lane indoor running track, 3 indoor basketball courts, 1 indoor soccer court, 1 racquetball court, a bouldering cave and a climbing wall. The adjoining 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.

  4. Great food. Campers will eat all their meals together, buffet style, in the Garden Dining Commons. Miami's food service is self-operated and dedicated to providing a wide variety of delicious and nutritious food options. It employs dieticians and chefs, as well as a management team and many employees, who are prepared to seamlessly manage any food allergies and sensitivities that campers may have. Dining menus are controlled by Miami staff, and 25% of the dining budget is spent on local products. Perhaps best of all for our growing campers, every meal is all-you-can-eat!