Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp

Come join Rashad Evans at the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp. Champion Debate Camp will develop students' core critical-thinking skills of interpretation, evaluation, inference, analysis, synthesis, reflection, and communication while testing their abilities against their peers in engaging and thought-provoking exercises. A good debater knows his or her topic, knows how to thoroughly prepare, and is able to utilize different strategies to further his or her argument. The Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is offered in two sessions, June 15 through July 2, and July 6-24; classes meet daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Debaters may sign up for one or more sessions.

Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is open to all students entering grades 8 through 12 in September 2020.

Cost is $2,500 per session.

Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp frequently asked questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is the debate coach for this program?

    Rashad Evans is the Upper School debate coach at Polytechnic. Evans has extensive debate experience as a competitor and debate coach and is known as an argumentative innovator. In 2001, he won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national championship tournament, becoming the first black national debate champion. In 2013, he coached the first team to win the CEDA national debate championship and National Debate Tournament (NDT) in the same year. He has also coached numerous high school and college debaters to deep elimination rounds and high speaker awards at national competitions.

    Evans has also taught some of the best and most prestigious summer debate camps in the country, including at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, and Emory University. His classroom teaching experience also includes teaching public speaking and legal communications courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida.

    Evans is also a lawyer. He attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania and was a corporate litigator at two of New York’s most prestigious law firms.
  • Why attend the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp?

    The Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is geared toward students interested in improving their public speaking and critical-thinking skills. Students learn how to write and deliver speeches, develop and refute arguments, and persuade and adapt to different judges. In addition to these basic skills, students learn advanced debate strategies, including how to run and respond to counterplans and critiques and how to deliver effective rebuttals. Students also learn how to best engage in pre-tournament and pre-round preparation. The goal is to learn how to win rounds, tournaments, and championships.
  • Who should attend the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp?

    The Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is most appropriate for students interested in the parliamentary style of debate. However, it is also suitable for students interested in Worlds, HSPDP, public forum, or policy debate. All practice debates will be in the parliamentary style of debate.

    The camp is appropriate for students with no or limited debate experience and students with extensive debate experience. The camp will ultimately help debaters of all levels reach the next level of debate competition. Students transitioning from Middle School to Upper School or novice to open debate will find the camp to be most helpful.
  • What does a typical day at Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp look like?

    A typical day at the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp will include lectures and group discussions in the morning, followed by practice speeches and practice debates in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided along, with unstructured free time to prepare for debates and to enjoy the beautiful Polytechnic campus, where students can play ping pong, basketball, or frisbee, or relax on one of the many patios and lawns.

Important Dates

Session 1: June 15 – July 2
Session 2: July 6 – 24
Six-week session: June 15 – July 24

6/1 — Last day to drop classes for a refund
6/8 — Sports camps begin
6/12 — Sports camps end
6/15 — PolySummer begins/
Session 1 begins
6/16 — Last day to change classes for Session 1
7/2 — Session 1 ends
7/3 — Fourth of July holiday (no classes)
7/6 — Session 2 begins
7/7— Last day to change classes for Session 2
7/24— Last day of PolySummer

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  • *Coronavirus: Travel Advisory*

    Poly Summer continues to monitor the emerging public health concerns of the coronavirus outbreak. Due to strict and evolving travel restrictions into the United States, if you will be traveling to the United States for PolySummer, please consider all travel advisories prior to enrolling in PolySummer.
  • PolySummer illness policy

    A child with a temperature greater than 100º F is considered contagious and should not attend PolySummer. A child will be allowed to return to PolySummer once he or she has been fever-free for 24 hours without the assistance of Tylenol or Advil/Motrin. Other important reminders:
    • A child with vomiting or diarrhea must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to class.
    • A child who has a cold with excessive coughing, runny nose, and/or thickened nasal secretions is most likely still contagious. Children with these symptoms should be given the extra time to rest at home and recuperate.
    Prevention is always best, so parents are asked to remind their children of these three important health tips:
    • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when sneezing and coughing.
    • Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles, silverware, and pencils.
    Please remember to report your child’s illness to the PolySummer Office at 626-396-6387. Thank you.


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The PolySummer Office can be reached at 626-396-6307 or polysummer@polytechnic.org.
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