Cameron University hosts 36th Annual Speech & Debate Camp

Applications are now being accepted for Cameron University's 36th Annual Speech & Debate Camp, sponsored by the Cameron Department of Communication and open to high school and junior high students. Dates for camp sessions are July 11-16 and July 18-23. Campers who register before June 1 will receive a discounted registration fee. Last year 435 students, teachers, and staff from 95 schools, representing five states, participated in the camp.

"Cameron's Speech and Debate Camp is one of the largest speech and debate camps in the country, and we are extremely proud to have hosted this event for more than three decades," said Tony Allison, Camp Coordinate and Chair, Department of Communication. "Students who participate in the Speech and Debate Camp are motivated to learn research, public speaking, and debate skills. Cameron's camp provides them with additional experience, and many of these students do very well at their regional and state speech competition."   

Campers have the option of living on the Cameron campus for the week or being a day camper and attending daily sessions. Students have competitive day and evening sessions with nightly entertainment activities in the Shepler Center and the Fitness Center.

Last year, high school teachers, college professors, and junior staff members (made up of high school and college speech and debate champions) volunteered to serve as camp staff members, coming from some of the most successful high school speech programs in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri. 

Divisions for the 36th Annual Speech and Debate Camp are:

Camp Session I - July 11-16                         Camp Session II   - July 18-23

Beginning Individual Events                          Beginning Team CX Policy Debate

Advanced Individual Events                           Intermediate Team CX Policy Debate

Beginning Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate        Advanced Team CX Policy Debate

Intermediate Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate    Beginning Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate

Beginning CX Team Debate                           Intermediate Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate

Advanced CX Team Debate                          Adv. Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate                             

The Individual Events division of the camp will showcase some of this year's state and national winners who will perform their award-winning contest pieces for camp students. Demonstrations will be critiqued by the senior staff of the camp for the benefit of the individual contestants as well as campers in the audience. Events in this division include original oratory, extemporaneous speaking, poetry, prose, monologue, dramatic and humorous interpretation, and duet acting.

Cross-examination team debaters will work on next year's national high school debate topic, "Resolved:  That the United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Turkey."

Lincoln-Douglas debaters will work on three value-debate topics in the different divisions, as follows: 

  • Beginning Lincoln-Douglas Debate Topic:  "An adolescent's right to privacy ought to be valued above a parent's conflicting right to know."
  • Intermediate Lincoln-Douglas Debate Topic:  "Individual claims of privacy ought to be valued above competing claims of societal welfare."
  • Advanced Lincoln-Douglas Debate Topic: "Public health concerns warrant government violation of pharmaceutical patents."

Cameron University's annual Speech and Debate camp was launched in 1975 as a venue to help local teenagers sharpen their communication skills. It has grown to a nationally known program attracting campers from throughout the region.

For more information about Cameron's 36th Annual Speech and Debate camp, go to the camp Website at (under Special Events on the home page) or call the Department of Communication at 580-581-2359.


May 6, 2010