"Policy debate is a two-on-two debate that focuses on one policy question for the entire duration of the academic year, this format tests a student’s research, analytical, and delivery skills. Policy debate involves the proposal of a plan by the affirmative team to enact a policy, while the negative team offers reasons to reject that proposal. Throughout the debate, students have the opportunity to cross-examine one another."
National Speech and Debate Association
The policy lab at GMDI is divided into three different classes - novice, junior varsity, and varsity. Campers applying are able to choose policy as their lab section, and are placed into a specific skill level based on a diagnostic that we perform on day one of camp.
Mason Scholars Program
The Mason Scholars program is a new addition to the 2019-2020 Summer. Scholars will receive a bio on our website, a $100 discount, and a guaranteed slot in the varsity class of the camp.
If campers want to be considered for the Scholars program, they must send a completed file for the 2019-2020 policy topic to include in the camp starter packet along with a coach letter of recommendation. Materials are due on June 1st. Email Jackie Poapst if you have questions at email@example.com
Do I Need to Bring a Partner?
Not at all! A large amount of campers attend without a debate partner, and we pair each of you together.
Policy campers enter the camp provided a starter file packet that is produced by the camp staff. For example, last year the following files were given to the campers on day one of camp:
Syrian Refugees Affirmative - Matt Struth
Syrian Refugees Negative - Ben Biggs and Shana Pedersen
H1B Affirmative - Jackie Poapst and Logan Ludwig
H1B Negative - Rob Wimberly and Sebastian Ruiz
Natives Affirmative - Ian Lowery
Natives Negative - Gerrit Hansen
Topicality - Emily Beck and Mahnoor Zafar
Indian Brain Drain DA - Pavan Reddy and Jordan Boyle
Trump Base DA - Colin Dailey
Midterms DA - Hannah Call and Noah Graham
Spivak K - Kyler Buckner and Nick Kazangian
Courts CP - David Michael Woodward
What is Policy Debate?
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