Registration is now open. The registration deadline is June 7, 2013. We thank you for helping make MSDI one of the fastest growing camps in the nation, and we are eager to serve you this summer!
You will still need to mail your deposit to complete your registration.
Read below to find out why MSDI is the fastest growing camp over the last few years! We've grown at a rate of about 20% yearly, largely on word of mouth. If you don't find the answer you are seeking, or if you want more detailed information, please contact us at EricMorris@MissouriState.edu.
MSDI has a scholarship program, funded from donations by MSU Debate and MSDI Alumni as well as other supporters. If you are applying to attend MSDI, you can find more information here. If you are an interested donor, click here for more detail about the program.
A FOUR-week policy camp in the Midwest?
Based on the success of the 3 week option, we have expanded to offer options for 3 or 4 weeks. We will also have a 2nd two-week session. Here are all the policy debate camps in summer 2013:
2 Week Policy, 1st Session (June 23-July 6) ($600 Commuters, $1200 Dorm)
2 Week Policy, 2nd Session (July 7 - July 20) ($600 Commuters, $1200 Dorm)
3 Week Policy (June 23-July 13) ($800 Commuters, $1700 Dorm)
4 Week Policy (June 23-July 20) ($1000 Commuters, $2200 Dorm)
1 Week Novice* Policy (July 7-13) ($350 Commuters, $650 Dorm)
*Intended for students with no experience. Students coming off their novice year should enroll in a 2-4 week session. Extremely low student/teacher ratio.
Our purpose is to accommodate the growing demand for camp dates that allow students to attend more than one workshop. Whether you attend one workshop or many, consider MSDI a great start to the summer.
Registration Deadline is now June 7, 2013.
The registration deadline for the 2013 MSDI is Friday, June 7, 2013. Registration includes both the application (see above link) and $100 deposit. If you complete the application as the deadline approaches, but are unsure if your check will arrive by June 7, please contact the mail at this email: EricMorris@MissouriState.edu. If you were hoping to attend MSDI but cannot meet the deadline, please contact us with further details. We want you to attend, but the deadline helps us to finalize staffing arrangements and avoid housing over-charges.
Secondary Mailing, 2013
The initial secondary mailings will be sent by April 15, 2013, to all who had applied prior to that date. New applicants should receive a secondary mailing promptly after application. The 2013 secondary mailing will also be available online (in case you misplace it), with two exceptions. First, we only send receipts by mail (but could send a duplicate if you request). Second, the Medical History form can be found on the Taylor Health Center website. Please note - you are not fully enrolled in the camp until a deposit has been received. If you apply, but are not able to send your $100 deposit within a week, please be in touch with Eric Morris about the details.
New dates, same high quality in 2013
Registration for the 2013 policy debate camp began February 14, 2013, and ends on June 7, 2013. If you are concerned about your registration arriving on time, please consider pasting your information into an email in addition to snail mail. Please note your registration is not considered official until the $100 nonrefundable deposit is received. The deposit protects us against fixed costs we cannot avoid when enrollees withdraw. Any money beyond the $100 will be refunded if you do not attend the camp.
The MSDI at Missouri State University is an excellent high school debate camp providing in-depth instruction at an incredible value:
MSDI graduates have consistently dominated the local debate circuit, and several other circuits. Many have qualified to NFL Nationals, the Tournament of Champions, and received sizeable college debate scholarships - in several cases, far above their cost of attending MSDI.
Our institute tournaments use a unique, day long preparation approach that allows for deep strategic planning. Although different from the tempo of normal season tournaments, past camp attendees have enjoyed this format because it teaches them everything they should do before a tournament to prepare for known opponents.
Our staff/student ratio is 8/1 or better, and many of the staff are current college coaches that have coached at the top levels of college debate. It's rare to get to work with such a staff at a camp price comparable to MSDI, and rarer still to have such staff as lab leaders.
Our camp size is typically around 50 - plenty for a good tournament, but not so many that you get lost in the crowd.
Event Camp Programs, 2013
Here are all the event camps options for summer 2013:
Lincoln-Douglas ($150 each)
July 8-10 (Basic)
July 11-13 (Sprint)
July 14-16 (Basic)
July 17-19 (Sprint)
Public Forum ($150 each)
July 8-10 (Basic)
July 11-13 (Sprint)
July 14-16 (Basic)
July 17-19 (Sprint)
Extemp ($150 each)
July 14-16 (Domestic)
July 17-19 (International)
Congressional Debate ($150 each)
Policy Debate: Lecture-Only Option ($100)
June 24-25 (9am-2pm)
July 8-9 (9am-2pm)
Event camp fees are tuition-only. Students can make dorm arrangements at $25/night and eat in the cafeteria or student union on a pay-per-meal basis. Event camps subject to cancellation or consolidated if enrollment is low. We will refund deposits if a session is canceled or if a consolidated session is moved to a time you cannot attend.
The Missouri State Policy Debate Institute is an appealing camp because:
1. Strong camp faculty
The policy camp is led by Dr. Eric Morris, the Missouri State Director of Forensics and Heather Walters, J.D., the Missouri State Asst Director of Forensics. Combined, they have taught at over 40 high school debate institutes, with several students that have gone on to qualify to the TOC & NFL nationals. They have coached teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament for seven consecutive years. In 2008, the National Debate Tournament designed Dr. Morris as the "Coach of the Year," the highest award given to coaches on the basis of competitive success. Missouri State debate teams have consistently qualified to the NDT, with a current streak of 15 straight years, one of the longest active NDT streaks. Missouri State also won the JV National Championship in 2005, is often ranked in the top 10 for the NDT season sweepstakes, and received prestigious "1st Round At Large" bids to the National Debate Tournaments in 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2008, they coached the top speaker and a semifinalist team at both the NDT and CEDA. Other anticipated 2013 staff members include:
Kristen Stout: Former Missouri State Debater & Coach, Qualifier to CEDA Elimination Rounds, & Greenwood High School Assistant Coach
Jace Gilmore: Current Missouri State Debater, CEDA quarterfinalist, & 3 Time NDT Qualifier. 4th Seed qualifier to the NDT from District 3, 2012.
Wes Rumbaugh: Current Missouri State Debater, CEDA quarterfinalist, & NDT Qualifier. 1st Seed qualifier to the NDT from District 3, 2012. Two time NDT elimination round qualifier.
2. Low Tuition
The Two-Week Policy Camp Tuition is only $600 for commuters, and $1200 for those staying in residence. The three week option is only $800 for commuters and $1700 in residence. Four week sessions run $1000 for commuters and $2200 in residence. This covers instruction, distribution of camp evidence, and access to the Missouri State library and computer facilities. The residence option covers all of these, plus room and board. An optional meal plan may be purchased by commuters as well. Our prices are cost competitive with all major camps, despite our strong faculty and staff! You could easily save $1000 or more by selecting MSDI.
3. Emphasis on Practice Rounds
Last year, participants in the 2 week policy camp logged nearly 20 rounds each between practice rounds and the tournament. Our philosophy is that skills develop with effective practice, and we design our camp schedule to facilitate it. Students are given an evidence packet on the opening Sunday to allow rounds on the first Tuesday. Of course, there are several cases & negative positions written during the camp, progressively added before the tournament. Finally, students are given time for substantial strategy planning, including hands-on coaching, prior to each practice round. Several former students have commented that the up-tempo approach to practice rounds made MSDI a uniquely positive experience.
4. Low Student-Staff ratio
All our labs will have a student-staff ratio of 8:1 or better. Research and work time is supervised and collaborative with staff; all staff members – not just lab leaders - are available to students for research assistance, theory advice, practice rounds and practice speeches. The directors are closely involved with every phase of the camp. Our small camp size makes everyone easily accessible.
5. Great housing options
The camp housing should be in Missouri State's Hammons/New Hall complex, a fairly new facility using suite-style arrangements. Each room has high speed internet access and a full kitchenette. It is a short - and flat - walk from the library and campus instructional facilities.
6. Continuing assistance
Historically, many MSDI students stay in contact with the staff during their seasons, getting argument ideas and other coaching insights. We take an interest in students after they leave our camp.
7. Easy travel
Springfield is located in close driving distance for students in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The driving distance from Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas, while longer, is manageable. If students wish to fly to the Springfield- Branson regional airport, we will happily shuttle them for free on the camp's opening and closing days.
A. Nick Ramsey
Nick was a semifinalist at NFL Nationals in 2007. Here's what we says about the role Missouri State played: "Missouri State Debate Institute offers the best possible camp experience. After having gone to a big national camp, I came to truly appreciate what makes Missouri State's camp special. The lab leaders are really knowledgeable, and the camp is small enough that you get plenty of personal attention. They proved willing and able to work with debaters from all backgrounds and experience levels. Also, this camp is not an evidence mill - there is a strong emphasis on practice rounds, so a debater gets an incredible amount of experience in a short amount of time. Even though Missouri State's debate institute is cheaper than larger camps, the value is exponentially greater. I was enabled to compete both regionally and nationally based on what I learned at MSDI. I broke at nationals my sophomore year and then finished in semifinals my junior year - this would not have been possible without the helpful instruction I received at MSDI."
B. Samantha Nichols
Samantha was the top speaker at the DCI in Kansas (2011), and a multi-year NDT qualifier. She says: "MSDI was by far the best debate camp I ever went to. The focused practice rounds and great lectures set me up for a very successful debate season. Rather than being forced to a learn a style that may not be conducive to your region, you get smart advice that can be applied anywhere. The entire atmosphere of MSDI was awesome. You will leave MSDI with sharper skills, more confidence, and definitely some great friendships!"
In addition to Nick & Samantha, MSDI has also produced numerous students who qualified for NFL in policy debate, cleared at NFL in policy debate, accumulated Tournament of Champions bids, and competed at the TOC. Nonetheless, the camp is designed to accelerate the learning curve of students who may have considerably less experience or success.
The Missouri State Debate Institute: Event Camps Expand!
The 2013 event camp schedule is not yet finalized. Please check back with us after March 15, 2013.
Many of our camps are designed with a basic session, followed by an advanced session (called a "sprint," with more competition debates). Students can select the one appropriate to their experience level, or enroll in both for a progression through the week. This unique structure keeps the camp affordable (single sessions ranging from $100 to $150, based on the number of days) while also providing the chance for a comprehensive experience.
Each of the following mini-camps has a very low number to make, and you can select whichever camps fit your schedule. There were LOTS of students in most of the minicamps last summer, and we anticipate more students in the coming summer. Registration deposit is $100, which covers any number of event camps that you sign up for. The registration fee is NOT in addition to camp fees - it is just a partial pre-payment of the fee. Remaining camp fees, if any, are collected at the beginning of each camp. In the event that any individual camp does not "make," the registration fee will either be applied to other camps you select or will be refunded.
See the staffing page for more detail about each of the staffers.
Here was the 2012 event camp schedule (9am-5:30pm each day)
LD Debate Sessions:
June 18-20 Basic L/D (Chris Rothgeb) $150
June 21-23 L/D Sprint (Chris Rothgeb) $150
June 25-27 Basic L/D (Chris Roberds) $150
June 28-30 L/D Sprint (Chris Roberds) $150
July 5-7 L/D Sprint (Chris Roberds) $150
Public Forum Debate Sessions:
June 18-20 Basic P/F (Chris Roberds) $150
June 21-23 P/F Sprint (Chris Roberds) $150
June 25-27 Basic P/F (Chris Rothgeb) $150
June 28-30 P/F Sprint (Chris Rothgeb) $150
July 5-7 P/F Sprint (Chris Rothgeb) $150
July 2-3 Public Affairs Advocacy (Extemp, Congress & Oratory) (Chris Rothgeb) $100
July 2-3 Intro to Debate (Policy, L/D & PuF) (Chris Roberds) $100
July 2-3 Vocal Events (Storytelling, Prose, Poetry) (Danielle Rothgeb) $100
July 5-7 Interpretation (HI, DI, Duo) (Danielle Rothgeb) $150
Find out more, or sign up now!
Here are links to other pages that will help you decide if MSDI is right for you:
Camp Staff: This page provides a list of MSDI anticipated staff members, and will be updated as the camps' size grows.
Frequently Asked Questions: This page can provide you will answers to many of the common questions, and many be updated in response to student questions.
You will still need to mail your deposit to complete your registration.
If you don't find the answer you are seeking, or if you want more detailed information, please contact us at EricMorris@MissouriState.edu.
Please write, phone, or email us:
Eric Morris, Director
Missouri State Debate Institute / Debate Scholar's Academy of Missouri
Dept of Communication, Craig 366A
Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
Director's Office: (417) 836-7636
Asst Director's Office: (417) 836-6564
Director's E-Mail: EricMorris@MissouriState.edu
Asst Director's Email: HeatherWalters@MissouriState.edu .