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Queens Summer Debate Institute @ Maspeth High School


Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th St, Queens, NY 11373. Click here for Google Maps. 



August 12th - 16th - Queens 1-Week Debate Institute

August 12th - 23rd - Queens - 2-Week Debate Institute



All our camps are from 9:00am-3:00pm. Drop off is 9:00am and Pick Up is 3:00pm. 


Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00am - Arrival
  • 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am - Lecture and Activities #1
  • 10:00am-10:30am -  Debate Electives
  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Debate Labs
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Labs
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm - Practice Debates
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm - Closing Activities

Friday Debate Camp Tournament Schedule

  • 8:30am-9:00am - Arrival
  • 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am - Labs and Tournament Prep
  • 10:00am-11:00am - Round 1
  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Round 2
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Round 3
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm - Awards
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm - Lab Awards



  • Public Speaking
  • Speech Writing
  • Argumentation
  • Refutation and Clash
  • Note Taking and Flowing
  • Cross Examination Skills
  • Research
  • Evidence
  • Fallacies
  • Judge Adaptation
  • Tournament Skills
  • Travel Team
  • Debate Formats



More About the Queens Debate Institute

Queens is one of the most diverse places on the planet.  In turn, the debate programs of Queens are some of the most successful in New York City in every diverse debate format!  Indeed, the Queens Debate League is the most diverse debate league in the NYC Debate League community. Whether policy debate, Lincoln Douglas debate, public forum debate, public speaking – Queens schools and debaters lead nearly every one of our citywide debate tournaments in our regular Queens Debate League and New York City Debate League.  Indeed, debate is growing the fastest in the borough of Queens which is amazing considering before the New York City Urban Debate League was founded – there few if any competitive debate programs in all of Queens.  This is changing now!


The Queens Debate Institute (QDI) is located at Maspeth High School.  Like our other debate institutes, QDI’s greatest strengths are derived from the community.  Our partnerships with local Queens colleges such as St. John’s University which has one of the nation’s leading debate programs as well as other college debate teams – bring some of the greatest debate instruction and coaching.  QDI offers all forms of debate and is the perfect place for debaters to jump start the upcoming debate season!  So join us at QDI!