The public forum lab at GMDI is divided into four different classes - middle school, novice, junior varsity, and varsity. Campers applying are able to choose public forum as their lab section, and are placed into a specific skill level based on a diagnostic that we perform on day one of camp.
Any student who is entering 7th or 8th grade in the Fall 2019 academic year can enroll to be in the middle school public forum section. They are eligible to stay in the dorms, learn the same curriculum as the high school students, use the same topic, but learn it in an age appropriate setting. Students in the middle school public forum lab are normally students joining their middle school debate team or interested in trying out for their team. We do not simplify the curriculum, so this is an option for middle school campers who are serious about debate.
We also have a one week day camp option open to middle school students, which you can find in the labs list! This camp is a tailored curriculum with shorter lab times and recess breaks for elementary and middle school students interested in attending a summer camp that lets them enjoy learning public speaking, persuasion, and argument!
Not at all! A large amount of campers attend without a debate partner, and we pair each of you together.
Public Forum campers enter the camp provided a starter file packet that is produced by the camp staff. The packet includes a starter pro and con case and important briefs for the beginning of the topic.
Campers use these cases for the debates that occur on the first several days of the camp, and are expected to have their own cases and briefs written for the camp tournaments at the end of each week.