Our primary Middle School Program focuses on new debaters' needs, with an emphasis on building confidence and skill with persuasive argumentation. We know that many middle school debaters haven't been to camp before, so it's our goal by the end of camp to make every student comfortable, invigorated, and excited to continue (or begin!) their debate career.
Staff/Student Ratio of 1:6 or better
7 full days of debate learning
14+ practice rounds
2019 Dates: June 15th - June 21st
2019 Residential Tuition: $1575
2019 Commuter Tuition: $1025
A curriculum built for first-timers
Our Middle School Program is designed for debaters who are brand-new to debate, as well as debaters with some brief experience looking to learn specific parliamentary details.
With a small group setting and lectures that don't take previous knowledge for granted, we'll make sure your debaters get the information they need to succeed: how to structure arguments, how to persuade anyone of anything, and how to speak eloquently about something you care about.
Even beyond competitive debate, the topic lectures our middle schoolers get on global politics, domestic issues, and important theories will prepare them for school, life, and political engagement.
Instructors who care
At POI, our instructors help you grow as debaters and as people.
With expertise ranging from high school parliamentary debate to Lincoln-Douglas, public forum, policy, individual events, NPDA, APDA, NFA-LD, and British Parliamentary debate, our program staff know pretty much everything there is to know about the art of parliamentary persuasion, and are ready to help you reach the top of your game.
On our end-of-camp survey, we ask students what their instructors could do to improve their teaching. The most common response? "Nothing."
Learn and Laugh
Our camp days aren't just about rigorous education— they're also about building a sense of community, and developing a social learning environment.
That's why, at POI, we arrange social events regularly: movie night, karaoke night, instructor-led games, birthday parties, outings into Berkeley, and afternoon cafe breaks, to name a few.
But the best social events are the ones unplanned, which appear every summer, like spontaneous talent shows, dance parties, card games in the suites: those are what make POI a family.
8:30 - 9AM — Breakfast in the Dining Hall
9AM - 9:40AM — Morning Lab
9:40 - 10:40AM — Morning Lectures
10:40 - 11:55AM — Morning Practice Round
12 - 1PM — Lunch in the Dining Hall
1 - 2PM — Topic Lecture 1
2 - 3:20PM — Afternoon Practice Round
3:20 - 3:40PM — Afternoon Break
3:40 - 5:40PM — Afternoon Lectures
5:40 - 6:20PM — Topic Lecture 2
6:20 - 7:20PM — Dinner in the Dining Hall
7:20 - 8PM — Evening Lecture
8 - 8:40PM — Evening Lab