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.

Quick Facts

Staff/Student Ratio of 1:6 or better

7 days of debate learning

14+ practice rounds

Need-to-know

2020 Dates: TBD

2020 Residential Tuition: TBD

2020 Commuter Tuition: TBD

 
 
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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.

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." 

 
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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, instructor-led games, birthday parties, and a souvenir trip to the other side of campus, to name a few. 

But the best social events are the ones unplanned, which appear every summer, like spontaneous talent shows, challenge rounds against instructors (yes, even in MSP!), and card games in the suites: those are what make POI a family. 


 
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Sample schedule

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 1

8 - 8:40PM — Evening Lecture 2

 
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What do students say?


I enjoyed many things about this camp. I liked that we were always learning something new and not just practicing the same things repeatedly.
— Jackson, Prospect Sierra School
This camp was really fun and educational at the same time. I learned a lot and it was a really good experience.
— Juhi, Pleasanton Middle School
I liked the practice rounds and the tournament because I learned a lot through participating in them. They were also just a really fun experience in general.
— Katelyn, Black Pine Circle School