NSD Flagship

Lincoln-Douglas from June 23-July 13 at the University of Minnesota

Executive Director: Tom Evnen and Associate Director: Becca Traber

Tuition: $3895

Tuition: Main Session with 4th Week- $4895 June 23- July 20 

The National Symposium for Debate Flagship Session is the premier offering for NSD's Summer Institutes. We offer a rigorous curriculum centered on the systematic instruction in the theory and strategy of debate, lectures on topics of concern to academic fields such as political science, critical theory, and philosophy, and the development of speaking and rhetorical skills. Our curriculum embraces all skill levels – from those with no prior debate experience to veteran national circuit debaters. For a main camp session, NSD's Flagship has no match. 


NSD Philadelphia

Lincoln-Douglas from July 14-27 at Bryn Mawr College-

Director: Benjamin Koh

Assistant Directors: Katherine Fennell and Zoe Ewing

Tuition: $2695

NSD Philadelphia is a Lincoln Douglas Debate camp that offers the NSD, national circuit education in a two week session in the heart of Pennsylvania. Formerly known as NSD Northeast, NSD Philadelphia hosts a staff to serve a countrywide audience and students at every level. Now in its third iteration, we are excited to bring an even better staff and better camp experience for all. Looking for a NSD national institute experience in a two week session? NSD Philadelphia is the right camp for you!


NSD Texas

Lincoln Douglas from July 14-27 at University of Houston

Directors: Chris Castillo and Jenn Melin

Tuition: $2695

NSD Texas is a two week intensive summer institute targeted towards the nuances of debating Lincoln-Douglas in the Texas region. We believe that the Texas circuit is one of the most competitive regions in the country, but moreover that debating and succeeding in Texas warrants a nuanced and specifically focused curriculum for the state; something that no other summer institute provides. Staffed by the best coaches and debaters in Texas, NSD Texas provides a comprehensive curriculum for success in the Lone Star state. 


NSD Public Forum

PF from July 21-August 3 at Bryn Mawr College

Director: Ben Kessler

Tuition: $2695

NSD’s brand new Public Forum camp offers a rigorous, innovative, and personalized approach to debate curriculum, focused on building and refining fundamental skills to allow debaters to succeed year-round. Our curriculum embraces all skill levels and includes lectures on specific debate skills, workshop periods for refining technique, constructive lab periods for organized research and further practice, a mentorship program for individualized instruction, and plenty of practice debates. In everything we do, we strive to create a close-knit environment where our students can work closely with the faculty in small groups

For information about financial aid or attending a portion of the regular camp, please email us at In the application process for financial aid, you will need to provide information including 1040 tax forms. 

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