Camp Curriculum

Camp Curriculum

Triumph Core

  • We strive for a 4:1 (student to staff) ratio
  • Our staff offer an array of different perspectives meaning our campers are taught a robust curriculum
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of argumentation, such as case writing, cross-ex strategies, and more
  • Specialized approaches to understanding debate for particular circuits and skill levels while maintaining a strong understanding of NSDA-style debate

Topic Knowledge

  • Our instructors will deliver a full topic lecture with group discussion, and supplemental updates throughout camp
  • Students will view instructor demo rounds to see high-level skills and topic argumentation in action, as well as have the opportunity to learn how judges make their decision
  • Instructors will facilitate guided research sessions to help students utilize and learn advanced research techniques

Advanced Strategy

  • Students will learn how to adapt their strategy to their judge, opponent, and circumstances of a debate round
  • Our instructors will teach students how to utilize tools like spikes, pre-empts, extensions, and more.
  • We believe a lot of debates can be won by predicting what will happen in the final rebuttals. Our instructors will teach our students about strategic vision and how to improve their own "debate-senses" when it comes to in-round strategy. 
  • Campers at Triumph Debate Camp will learn how to recognize and utilize win conditions and their paths to the ballots

Targeted & Hands-On Learning

  • Our instructors develop individualized lesson plans based on our students needs, with consistent interventions throughout camp to ensure goals are being met
  • Triumph instructors lead activities for specific portions of debate, such as framework or cross-ex with engaging strategies to apply skills and knowledge, including practice debates, drills, and more
  • Built into our curriculum is time for one-on-one instructional time with various instructors

Sample Lessons.

Tip for viewing our sample lectures: click the play button in the left corner!

Win Conditions

In this seminar, we will go over the concept of win conditions, and discuss how debaters can recognize their paths to the ballot. Specifically, we will go over how to set up win conditions in case, how to utilize them in round and how to recognize your opponents win conditions.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.




Impacting & Weighing 

In this lesson, we will analyze the importance of impacting arguments and how to weigh those impacts. We will cover areas of weighing such as scope, magnitude, timeframe and probability.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.

Ethics & Political Philosophy

This lecture will cover moral philosophy, including works by Kant, Singer, Aristotle and more. In addition, this lecture will discuss the relevant political philosophy, such as Rawls, Locke, Hobbes, and others. We will also discuss international philosophy and relevant authors.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.



Impacting & How To Weigh Arguments

 In this lesson, we will analyze the importance of impacting arguments and how to weigh those impacts. We will cover areas of weighing such as scope, magnitude, timeframe and probability.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.


Political Philosophy

This lecture will cover moral philosophy, including works by Kant, Singer, Aristotle and more. In addition, this lecture will discuss the relevant political philosophy, such as Rawls, Locke, Hobbes, and others. We will also discuss ideas such as cosmopolitanism, conservatism, liberalism, social contracts and more.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.