For over a decade, the National Symposium for Debate has been an established community of educators teaching High School Lincoln Douglas, Public Forum, Middle School Debate, and Congress at the highest levels of competitive excellence. 

Students and Staff at Our Flagship Lincoln-Douglas Session at the University of Minnesota

Students and Staff at Our Flagship Lincoln-Douglas Session at the University of Minnesota

At NSD, we looked at the options for debate camps for high school debaters looking for the competitive edge and realized we could make a better camp. Over a decade later and now expanded to 5 different camps in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Middle School Debate, and Congress, the National Symposium for Debate is larger than ever before.   

Students "flow" the intermediate demonstration debate at the NSD Flagship Session. 

Students "flow" the intermediate demonstration debate at the NSD Flagship Session. 

 

In the past 5 years alone, NSD alumni have won or been in finals of the Tournament of Champions (2015,2014,2013,2012), the National Catholic Forensics League National Tournament (2016, 2014, 2013), and the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament (2016, 2013,2012). 

Talent. Instruction. Determination. Success. NSD does it best. 

 

Personalized Direction

Some of Our Students at the Flagship Institute

Some of Our Students at the Flagship Institute

1 on 1 time. Mentorship. No Massive Lecture Halls. Consistent Drills. 1:4 Ratio. NSD Builds the Camp Always with the Student First. 

Passionate Instructors

Stuyvesant Head LD Coach Paul Zhou Works with a Student

Stuyvesant Head LD Coach Paul Zhou Works with a Student

The Most Talented Coaches. Classroom Teachers. Graduate Students. Brilliant Debate Minds. Meticulously picked, our staff cannot be matched. 

Rigorous Curriculum

NCFL Champion Nicole Kastelic Reads Over a Student's Work

NCFL Champion Nicole Kastelic Reads Over a Student's Work

We ask more of our students more than others camp do. But, it's why our students leave knowing their hard work will lead to success.

Results

Wesley Hu and Neal Kapoor both attended and work at NSD

Wesley Hu and Neal Kapoor both attended and work at NSD

TOC. NSDA Nationals. Harvard. Stanford. Yale. NCFL Nationals. They're only a few of NSD's victories. For over a decade, NSD does it best. 

 

We believe high school debaters are brilliant, promising, and passionate. We believe high school debaters can do more than they even know. That's why we created NSD.  

 

At NSD, we believe in our students. After over a decade of experience, a staff of the most successful coaches and most impassioned debate minds, a curriculum that keeps the student first, and a history of  results to show it, there is only one conclusion: For a High School Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, or Congressional Debate Camp

NSD does it best.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Camps

NSD Philadelphia 

 July 16-July 29

 Bryn Mawr College

NSD Texas

 July 16-29

 UT San Antonio

Congress Debate Camp

Public Forum Debate Camp

NSD Public Forum

July 23-August 7

Bryn Mawr College

NSD Middle School

July 16-29 (1 or 2 Weeks)

UT San Antonio

Our Featured Teachers

Kris Wright

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Work with Kris at NSD Flagship and NSD Texas

Kris is a former history teacher at the Law Magnet Barefoot Sanders in Dallas, Texas, and has coached debate for over 13 years. He is also the Co-Founder of the Texas Debate Collective, a non-profit debate camp for low income students. 

Benjamin Koh

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Work with Ben at NSD Philadelphia and NSD Flagship

Benjamin Koh is the Director of NSD Philadelphia and in 3 years of coaching has coached 5 TOC Outround Participants and the 2016 NCFL Champion. He plans on pursuing a MA and Ph.D. in American Studies. 

Lauren Singer

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Work with Lauren at NSD Flagship

Lauren debated for four years and served as her team's novice director. As a senior she has qualified to the TOC and her debate interests include the work of Emmanuel Levinas and Radical Democracy. She will start at Yale University in the fall