Varsity Cram Camp
August 9th-11th, 8am-9pm
The DebateUS Varsity Public Forum Cramp Camp is designed to help debaters prepare for the season with a crash course in summer
argument coverage and skill enhancement activities. This is one of our most rigorous summer debate programs. We are primarily interested in students who are nationally competitive at the TOC Silver+ level. It will be held at the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) offices at 25 Broadway in lower Manhattan and all proceeds will go directly to benefit the New York City Urban Debate League. Thank you to DebateUS for this generous sponsorship!
Cram Camp is our most intense summer program. Up to twelve hours a day with some of the top debate coaches and debaters in the nation. Our amazing staff collectively have a total of 9 gold and 8 silver bids to the Tournament of Champions, Semifinalist at the Tournament of Champions, Champion of the University of Pennsylvania & Newark Tournaments, and former coach of Harvard University and Wake Forest University!
$399 (includes year-round access to DebateUS! PF resources via website and app). All proceeds will go directly to benefit the New York City Urban Debate League and our mission that every school and student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. More firstname.lastname@example.org Financial Aid is available to all qualifying students.
The Varsity Cramp Camp is held at the heart of NYC in the downtown Wall Street neighborhood, right across from the Charging Bull statute. Our address is 25 Broadway, 12th Floor, NY, NY 10004. We are walking distance and on the same block as most major subways and bus lines.
A, C to Fulton Street
4, 5 to Bowling Green
J, Z to Broad St
1, N, R to Rector Street
M5, M15, and M20 to South Ferry M9 to Battery Park City
Stefan Bauschard. Stefan is the founder of debateus.org (formerly Millennial). He has been coaching debate since 1994, including at Lakeland, Harvard, Wake Forest, and St. Mark’s. He has developed Public Forum debate in many other countries and does a substantial amount of research on the topic. He is also the co-chair of the NYCUDL
Amisha Mody Mehta. Amisha is the co-founder and co-director of the Westfield Debate Team and is the co-chair of the NYCUDL. Amisha and her daughter, Mira, built their team from scratch to become nationally competitive. Amisha continually works to improve debate instruction for all students. Amisha regularly judges and is looking forward to providing feedback and helping debaters improve. She is also an attorney.
Additional instructors to be named.
Albert Wen has debated Public Forum for four years at Ridge High School. Throughout his debate career, Albert has amassed four total career Gold bids and autoqualled to the Tournament of Champions twice. He has placed 9th at NCFL Grand Nationals in his sophomore and junior year. He is champion of the University of Pennsylvania Invitational and the Newark Invitational. He also has received many speaker awards, including third at the Lexington Invitational, sixth at the Harvard Invitational, ninth at the University of Pennsylvania Invitational, and top speaker at the Newark Invitational.. Next year, Albert will be a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. On the side, he loves to play Smash Ultimate and also does not know what he’s majoring in yet, so feel free to help him with his life choices.
Catie Ford competed in public forum debate for four years at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida, serving as team captain in both her junior and senior years. Throughout her career she amassed a total of 4 Gold bids to the Tournament of Champions. She also reached quarterfinals at both NDCA nationals and the Florida state tournament, semifinals at the International TOC and Silver TOC as well as finals at the Quarry Lane School’s Womxn’s round robin. Catie is currently a sophomore at NYU where she studies anthropology and women and gender studies. She also coaches for Westfield and looks forward to working with DebateUs students this summer!
Watch all topic lectures that are available online/in the app
Complete in-app quizzes
Submit one pro and one con case for review
Do general reading on the topic
Day 1 (Friday, August 9)
8-9 Arrival, meet and greet
9-10 Discussion-driven review of all major topic arguments/contentions
10 Individual student consultation on cases, students prep
11 Review discussion of rebuttal arguments against all known contentions
12-1 Debate I with feedback
1:30 Students make case adjustments, Rebuttal, Summary, and Final Focus adjustments
2:30 Speech redos with judges, debaters prep
4 Debate II, Discussion
5 Dinner and Break
6:30 Regroup — What did we learn about the topic from debating and what do we need to prepare
7:30: Debate Prep
Day 2 (Saturday, August 10)
9 Discussion — 3 minute Summary. How did it go yesterday and how could it have been better?
10 Stefan’s suggestions for using the extra minute
10:30 Discussion of 4 minutes prep time
11 Debate III
1:30 Why Crosfire Sucks and How to Improve It
2: 30 Read dueling speeches and then all debaters will work on doing crossfire in front of the entire group
3:30 Group rebuttal — 2 debaters do rebuttals, others watch; discussion of the rebuttals
Debaters re-do rebuttals
4:30 Group summary — 2 debaters do summary others watch; discussion of the summary
Debaters re-do summaries
6:30 Group FF – -repeat form Summary/Rebuttal
7:30 Prep debate IV
Day 3 (Sunday, August 11)
10 Debate V
1 Lecture — Stefan’s Bag of Tricks
2 Debate VI — Incorporate some tricks!
4 Group review, discussion
5 Final review and discussion
Please note this is a very small, rigorous and national circuit level advanced debate institute. We can only accept a very limited number of varsity, nationally ranked debaters. Please submit the following application. Applicants should be:
- Varsity High School Debaters
- High School Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors with 2 or more years of debate experience
- National Circuit level experience (competed in major national tournaments)
- Top ranked Local, Regional or National
- Questions? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Varsity Cram Camp Application