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Kansas State Debate
219 Nichols Hall
Manhattan, KS, 66502

785-532-6875 Phone
785-532-3714 Fax

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Program Information

Who:For high school competitors in debate who want to hone their skills and get a taste of what college-level competition looks like.
When:Sunday, July 31 – Monday, August 8, 2022
Where:In person, K-State Manhattan Campus
Commuter (no meals) - $600
Commuter (with meals) - $785
Residential (with meals) - $1041
Registration Policy
To fully register for camp, please complete the registration form, pay the full deposit, and e-mail a signed copy of the parental consent form to Dr. McVey.  Registration will close July 8th, 2022. All sales are final.


Who is this debate camp for?

This debate camp is for debate students of all experience levels interested in expanding their skills in policy debate and preparing for the upcoming season. This camp is designed to be useful for both students who compete in local high school circuits in places like Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, as well as students with national circuit debate aspirations. This camp is built on a belief that training in core argumentation and debate fundamentals, skills such as flowing, refutation, warrant analysis, evidence comparison, impact calculus, and judge adaptation, are useful for students regardless of whether they will be debating in front of lay judges or in front of college debaters and national circuit coaches. This is a skills-intensive camp rather than a research-intensive camp. Students will receive a starter core of evidence cut by K-State Coaches and Debaters. Students will spend time refining their cases, engaging in practice speeches and speaking drills, learning more from topic experts, and getting hands-on, one-on-one feedback from K-State College Professors and Debate Coaches.

What does the lab structure look like?

We plan to divide the camp into at least two lab groups according to experience level.

We will be following a basic structure of morning lectures and afternoon lab times. Both labs will attend the same lecture in the morning. In the afternoon, the camp will divide into lab groups for tailored instruction.  

While this is our initial plan for the lab structure and staff, we reserve the right to make changes to fit the needs of the students we have enrolled.

Why should students chose the K-State Debate Camp?

Professional Instruction: The K-State Debate camp will focus on providing students with high quality debate instruction from experienced debate educators. Our entire staff is required to go through background checks and Minor Protection training through K-State University. Our lab leaders are not just debate coaches; they are trained classroom teachers with years of experience in the classroom setting. Both of our lab leaders have advanced degrees in communication studies and are active teaching faculty at Kansas State. We will focus on bringing our unique pedagogical experience into the debate classroom. We will provide engaged, experiential learning environments where students learn by doing.

Tailored Instruction: Our instructors understand the unique situation that students face in local debate circuits in places like Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Our instructors began our careers as high school debaters in Kansas and Missouri, debating in front of lay judges, high school coaches, and college debaters. We understand both debaters’ desires to learn about advanced debate techniques like line-by-line and Kritik debate, as well as debaters’ need to adapt those skills to different audiences throughout the season. We understand the unique needs that Midwestern local debate students have, and are ready to provide them with a camp experience that matches those needs.

Affordability: Our low cost of attendance makes this camp an accessible experience for debate students who may not otherwise be able to afford a multi-week debate camp experience. Additionally, this would be a great camp for students who are looking for a top-off experience after attending other camps.

What technology do I need?

Students will need a laptop computer with Microsoft Word. More information about what to bring to camp will be provided as we get closer to the start date.

K-State Debate Camp Coaches' Clinic

The K-State Coaches Clinic will remain online for the 2022 season.

This clinic will be held virtually on Monday, August 8, 2-6 PM CST via Zoom. The cost is $25.00 per coach.  Please click the Registration Link on this page, and you will have the option to select the Coaches Clinic.

The coaches’ clinic will include a lecture providing an overview of the main affirmatives and core negative arguments on the Emerging Technologies Topic as well as discussion about how these arguments and strategies may play out over the course of the season. We will also be surveying the coaches who sign up for the clinic for targeted lecture/discussion subjects to cover in our breakout sessions. Other possible topics for lecture and discussion understanding the Kritik, judge adaptation between National and Local circuits, the competitive psychology of debate. 

Tentative Schedule –

2PM virtual check-in + topic lecture.

3:15 – Discussion about topic lecture

3:45 – 15 minute break

4PM – Targeted breakout session #1 – Coaches can choose between two options for lecture on coaches’ choice of topics based on survey.  All lectures will be recorded and available for streaming by all coaches after the session.

5PM – Targeted breakout session #2 – Coaches can choose between two options for lecture on coaches’ choice of topics based on survey.  All lectures will be recorded and available for streaming by all coaches after the session.

Camp Staff

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Dr. Alex McVey


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Wm. James Taylor

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Trevor Turner

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Kate Thomas

Guest Lectures

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Eugene Vasserman


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Heather Woods



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For More Information

Dr. Alex McVey, Ph.D.
c/o Communication Studies Dept
234 Nichols Hall
702 Mid Campus Drive South
Manhattan, KS 66506
Email:  jalexandermcvey@ksu.edu
Dept Phone:  785-532-6875