Skills

Building a strong skill set takes practice. That's why all of our camps focus on speaking, practice, and strategies for making your practice more useful and effective.

Knowledge

We strive to provide the best camp experience possible. Strong subject and event knowledge is our specialty, and we develop our curriculum to pass that knowledge on to you.

Leadership

Your development is important to us, but perhaps even more important is your ability to lead. We encourage strong leadership so you can take the knowledge and skills you develop back to your team, and help make the activity stronger.

Leadership Skills


One of our primary goals at SWSDI is to create a stronger, more inclusive forensics community. We want to provide you not only with the skills offered by your particular choice of events, but also with the skills to take your knowledge back and share it with your teammates. To these ends, we have created a leadership curriculum at SWSDI that is integrated into each camp’s schedule. Each day we have a leadership lecture delivered by a member of our senior coaching staff, or prominent community members, businesspeople, and politicians. We believe that our leadership development program offers something unique to SWSDI, and that it is critical information to building a broader sense of community in forensics. The topics cover everything from effective time management to issues of inclusivity in the activity. These lectures have become a crucial part of making SWSDI a community leader in forensics.

Leadership Lecture

Lincoln-Douglas Debate


2017 LD Lab

Our two-week intensive Lincoln Douglas camp is designed to help you level-up from wherever you find yourself. Our primary focus is to help you get comfortable with all aspects of LD debate, from traditional casework to more progressive debate techniques. We also believe that the best way to learn debate is by debating, so we offer a huge number of practice rounds, drills, and activities that are designed to encourage you to debate and to think like a debater. Our curriculum covers everything from research, case-writing, and evidence comparison, to policy-style arguments, debate theory, and kritiks. We are confident that we can help you to be a better debater, and a strong team leader.

LD Camp is 2 weeks: July 5th – 19th

Policy Debate


Policy debate, the oldest form of debate, is a partner activity in which teams of two learn to both affirm and negate a year-long resolution. Teamwork, extensive research, and depth of argument are hallmarks of this event. Our two-week lab focuses on beginner skills, teaching students the basics of policy debate and preparing them for competition on the upcoming year’s topic. Campers will learn the relevant context surrounding the topic, including history and current events, learn about argument construction and research, and practice the skills necessary to succeed.

Policy Camp is 2 weeks: July 5th – 19th

Policy Lab

Public Forum Debate


PF Lab

SWSDI’s week-long PF curriculum is designed to enhance students’ research, speaking, and partnership/teamwork skills. Public Forum is a partnered debate event centering relevant current events in government, public policy, and law. Due to the size and variance in experience levels our lab brings in each year, we cater to all students, breaking them into layered groups. Ranging from the foundational and basic aspects of PF to advanced framework and building case narratives, our lab emphasizes several topics that will help PF debaters grow and develop. Through a combination of in-depth lectures and hands-on, interactive drills and activities, PF students learn how to research effectively, write cases cogently, and speak confidently, leaving with skills and knowledge pivotal to debate success.

PF Camp is Week 1: July 5th – 12th

Platform Speaking


With a combined focus on Original Oratory and Informative Speaking, our Platform Speaking lab will help you prepare the best possible platform speech for you. You will learn the art of rhetoric, appropriate speech structure, and ways to capture the audience’s attention. Our experienced and talented coaching staff will help you learn to speak your truth, and captivate the hearts and minds of your audience.

Platform Speaking is Week 1: July 5th – 12th

OO Lab

Interpretation Events


Interp Lab

Whether it be Drama, Humor, Duo, or POI, our Interp camp will help you build the skills you need to compete. You will learn to find and cut a piece, techniques to build believable characters, and skills for making your performance truly moving for your audience. Our staff is exceptionally talented, and eager to help you bring your creativity to the stage.

Interp Camp is Week 2: July 12th – July 19th

Extemporaneous Speaking


What can YOU do in 30 minutes? With our excellent instructors’ help, you’ll learn to use that time to plan, research, structure, and memorize a top-notch speech on current events. We focus heavily on good form, and strong speaking skill development, with extraordinary results. You will improve your research, your speech writing, and your delivery on your way to becoming an outstanding extemporaneous speaker.

Extemp Camp is Week 2: July 12th – 19th

Extemp Lab

Congressional Debate


Congress Lab

Arizona has built a reputation as being a very competitive place for Congressional debate. SWSDI’s Congress camp can help you succeed in that highly competitive atmosphere. You’ll get instruction on writing good legislation, doing quality research, crafting good speeches, and advancing the debate. We also take time to talk about playing the game of congress, the rules of parliamentary procedure, and how to effectively advocate for your position. If you’re looking for a great set of skills, a lot of fun, and some awesome congress cat memes, our Congress camp is the place for you.

Congress Camp is Week 2: July 12th – 19th