Summer 2021 Camp

Summer 2021 Online Camp

SESSION ONE: June 7th-June 18th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters: The Business of Theme Parks
    • Recommended Age: 4th-6th Grade
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class students learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units. This class is recommended for any new students.

  • Public Speaking Novice
    • Recommended Age: Middle-High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Students will learn to research, and analyze a variety of topics. Their reactions to the topics will take the form of informative and persuasive speeches. Coach feedback and peer assessment are used on a regular basis to identify existing strengths and provide insight and suggestions into areas of improvement to ensure students are developing good speaking habits. This class is recommended for new students who want to improve their speech skills.

  • Public Speaking Intermediate
    • Recommended Age: Middle-High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

This class builds on learned delivery skills and focuses on Platform speaking which includes informative speaking, persuasive speaking and Speech to Entertain (STE). This class is especially effective in helping students prepare for research presentations.


Recommended for students who have taken Introduction to Public Speaking, or who already have a strong understanding of speech.

  • Lincoln Douglas Introductory Boot Camp
    • Recommended Age: Middle-High School
    • 6:30 PM-8:30 PM (2 Hours) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

In Lincoln Douglas debate, students will be given a solid grounding in the practice of research and argumentation. In this form of debate, students will focus on one on one debate involving a range of topics, from sociopolitical to philosophical issues. Students will learn the structure and theory behind Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and will ultimately learn how to effectively construct and deploy strategic arguments within this debate setting.

SESSION TWO: June 21st-June 25th

  • Fibs & Falsehoods: Fallacies Workshop
    • Recommended Age: 4th-6th Grade
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 1 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $300

Fallacies, what are they? How are they used? Why do they matter? This class teaches students to identify flaws in logic so that they are more aware when they come in contact with them. In this class, students will develop critical thinking skills when evaluating advertisements, commercials and other types of media. This class includes learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing media to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.

  • Advocacy & Social Issues Workshop
    • Recommended Age: Middle School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 1 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $300

Whether we realize it or not, social issues affect the immediate world around us. The purpose of this workshop is for students to become aware of these social issues that affect their community and learn about the importance of advocacy. For their main project, students will choose a local nonprofit that represents a cause that the students feel passionate about and create an advertising campaign for them. Students will roleplay as a member of the nonprofit of their choosing and will develop various advertising materials for their campaign.

  • Negotiation & Peacemaking Workshop
    • Recommended Age: High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 1 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $300

Whether it be at home, at school or among their friends, students deal with varying opinions that lead to conflict on a daily basis. Rather than escalating the conflict, this class will teach students basic mediation skills to encourage active listening and compromise. The purpose of this workshop is to teach students how to facilitate consensus and cooperation between disagreeable parties. As the major activity for this class, students will participate in mock mediations to practice their problem-solving skills. After this workshop, students should be armed with the skills to resolve their own minor conflicts and conflicts with others.

  • Weekly Platform Speaking Class
    • Recommended Age: High School
    • 6:30 PM-8:30 PM (2 hour sessions)
    • Every Tuesday Evening from June 22nd-August 10th
    • Total Class Sessions:
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

This weekly class is designed for preparing students for upcoming competitive speech seasons; students will be working on their original speeches (inform, persuade, and/or entertain) and improve on their verbal and nonverbal speech skills.


Recommended for returning Cogito speech students who are looking to compete in speech tournaments in the fall.

SESSION THREE: July 05th-July 16th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters: Political Campaigns
    • Recommended Age: 4th-6th Grade
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class students learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.


This class is recommended for any new students.

  • Parliamentary Debate Novice
    • Recommended Age: MIddle-High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Introduction to Parliamentary Debate is intended for students that are new to debate. It is based on the principles of Parliamentary Debate, in which argumentation skills are applied to a wide variety of topics. Parliamentary Debate is considered an impromptu speaking exercise. Students learn to be prepared to present arguments that either propose the resolution or oppose the resolution, depending on which side of the debate they are assigned.

  • Middle School Bridge Bootcamp
    • Recommended Age: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

This class is open for students recommended by their coach to try out a more advanced parliamentary debate class. Bridge Bootcamp is different from regular Debate Bootcamp as Bridge Bootcamp is open to any students who have cleared Introduction/Intermediate debate classes and want to continue on the parliamentary debate path. Intermediate curriculum is taught and reinforced for students in the Bridge Bootcamp.

SESSION FOUR: July 19th-July 30th

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters: The Vision of Video Games
    • Recommended Age: 4th-6th Grade
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class students learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.


This class is recommended for any new students.

  • Public Speaking Novice
    • Recommended Age: Middle-High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Students will learn to research, and analyze a variety of topics. Their reactions to the topics will take the form of informative and persuasive speeches. Coach feedback and peer assessment are used on a regular basis to identify existing strengths and provide insight and suggestions into areas of improvement to ensure students are developing good speaking habits. This class is recommended for new students who want to improve their speech skills.


  • Middle School Debate Boot Camp
    • Recommended Age: Middle School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the 2021-2022 Debate & Speech Tournament Season. Students will be instructed in structured arguments, backing up a claim with evidence, researching, writing, and public speaking. Focusing on learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication formats students’ academic and social skills will be sharpened as we address issues related to politics, government, and current events. The goal is to prepare students to give outstanding speeches, achieve outstanding, award quality performance in their debate team in Spontaneous Argumentation, Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas and Impromptu competitions.


This camp is open for Middle School Club students. Not recommended for new students.

  • High School Debate Boot Camp
    • Recommended Age: Middle School
    • 1:00 PM-4:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Boot Camp is designed to prepare students for the 2021-2022 Debate & Speech Tournament Season. Students will be instructed in structured arguments, backing up a claim with evidence, researching, writing, and public speaking. Focusing on learning problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication formats students’ academic and social skills will be sharpened as we address issues related to politics, government, and current events. The goal is to prepare students to give outstanding speeches, achieve outstanding, award quality performance in their school debate team in Spontaneous Argumentation, Parliamentary and Lincoln Douglas and Impromptu competitions.


SESSION FIVE: August 2nd-August 13th

  • High School Bridge Bootcamp
    • Recommended Age: 8th, 9th-12th
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

This class is open for students recommended by their coach to try out a more advanced parliamentary debate class. Bridge Bootcamp is different from regular Debate Bootcamp as Bridge Bootcamp is open to any students who have cleared Introduction/Intermediate debate classes and want to continue on the parliamentary debate path. Intermediate curriculum is taught and reinforced for students in the Bridge Bootcamp.

  • Junior Speakers & Debaters: Global Citizenship
    • Recommended Age: 4th-6th Grade
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

The focus of the class is engaging students with speech and debate using current event topics. During the first week, students learn the basics of public speaking, including delivery skills, speech structures, and audience adaptation. The second week of the class students learn research and argumentation while applying and reinforcing the skills learned during the public speaking units.


This class is recommended for any new students.

  • Public Speaking Novice
    • Recommended Age: Middle-High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Students will learn to research, and analyze a variety of topics. Their reactions to the topics will take the form of informative and persuasive speeches. Coach feedback and peer assessment are used on a regular basis to identify existing strengths and provide insight and suggestions into areas of improvement to ensure students are developing good speaking habits. This class is recommended for new students who want to improve their speech skills.

  • Parliamentary Debate Novice
    • Recommended Age: Middle-High School
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM (3 Hour) Daily Sessions
    • Monday-Friday for 2 weeks
    • Location: Online
    • Tuition: $550

Introduction to Parliamentary Debate is intended for students that are new to debate. It is based on the principles of Parliamentary Debate, in which argumentation skills are applied to a wide variety of topics. Parliamentary Debate is considered an impromptu speaking exercise. Students learn to be prepared to present arguments that either propose the resolution or oppose the resolution, depending on which side of the debate they are assigned.

Cogito Debate 2021 Online Summer Camp FAQs

      1. Will there be any summer in person classes for my child?
    • a. There will be no in person classes for our summer schedule. In person classes will return in the fall, so stay tuned!
      2. How much are the listed summer camps and workshops?
    • a. All 2-week camps are $550 and our 1-week workshops are $300 per student.
      3. Can I receive any discount for Cogito summer camps?
    • a. For summer camps, we offer a 10% sibling discount.
      4. My child is new to speech and debate. Which class would be best for them?
    • a. If your child has never taken a speech and debate class before, we highly recommend our Junior Speakers & Debaters class for grades 4th-6th. If your child is in middle-high school, choose Public Speaking Novice or Parliamentary Debate Novice.
      5. I’m worried that the class schedule will be too boring for my child. How are you able to teach speech and debate online?
    • a. Our Cogito Debate coaches are trained to teach students with interactive lessons and activities. No Cogito class will feel the same, nor will it feel like a lecture-only class. At the end of each day, your student will have spoken and participated multiple times!
      6. I am a returning parent. Which class should my child take next?
    • a. Please refer to your child’s student evaluation + course recommendations sent by your coach. If you have any questions, please feel free to email alexk@cogitodebate.com for assistance.