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2024 SUMMER CLASSES

Located in Chantilly, Va, our camps teach students research, critical thinking, public speaking, case construction, and other techniques necessary to excel in competitive debate and public speaking. VDA's low teacher-student ratio provides students ample time and resources to improve their craft and find their voice!

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Introduction to Competitive Debate 

July 8 - July 12 
9 AM - 2 PM 
Students with 0-1 years of debate experience
Remaining High School spots: 8

Middle School spots: 6

Students will participate in lectures, games, workshops, and debates to learn case construction, rebuttal, framework, and crossfire techniques. Debaters will research unique and challenging topics that are debated on the competitive circuit. High performing students are welcomed to take the advanced course after completing this class. Please review the curriculum page for the class schedule. 

Class tuition: $500

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Advanced Debate Course: Public Forum

July 15- July 19 
9 AM - 4 PM
Debaters with at least two years of competitive experience. 
Remaining High School spots: 12

Seasoned debaters will participate in Socratic seminars, workshops, and debates to hone their research, speaking, and debate capabilities. Our unique curriculum—covering traditional and progressive styles—will provide debaters with the critical thinking skills, research ability, and institutional knowledge to excel in local, state, and national circuit. Please review the curriculum page for the class schedule. 

Class tuition: $500

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Special Topics in Debate, Online Class

Saturday; 
August 3 - 31
10 AM - 12 PM
All Students

Debaters will participate in sessions each Saturday during August, which will cover advanced topics. They will learn additional research and critical thinking skills. Our sessions will also have deep dives into popular topic areas, like international relations and economics. The course is taught by VDA directors, based on their previous work with national circuit debaters and undergraduate students.

Class tuition: $250

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Private Coaching

For students that cannot attend camp dates or are looking for coaching during the season, private tutor sessions are available. Tutor schedules are flexible.

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