Echelon Debate

4032 Blackburn Lane 

Burtonsville, MD 20866

301-570-0999

info@echelondebate.org

© 2019 Echelon Debate

PROGRAMS

Echelon Debate caters to the individual student through our distinctive curriculum tailored to both middle schoolers and high schoolers. We encourage students of all levels of experience to apply. Since we distinguish each path for the individual student, both beginners and experts excel with Echelon Debate. 

Middle School

The Middle School years are ones of great transition, fun, challenge, and maturation; they are foundational years for students. These are the years in which study habits and rudimentary knowledge across the curriculum are enhanced and reinforced. Echelon Debate helps students grasp the essentials of meaningful communication through a safe and supportive environment in which each child feels connected to one another in meaningful ways. In Echelon Debate’s Middle School program, beginners are welcomed and encouraged. During their time here, students will learn the research, writing, and public speaking skills they will need to excel as effective communicators.

Program Dates: July 13th - July 25th

Program Location: The George Washington University- Washington DC

Program Fee: $2,500

High School

Echelon Debate’s educational experience is structured to develop an intimate understanding of debate as well as a life-long love of research, reasoning, and presentation. The High School program at Echelon Debate compels students to explore all aspects of an issue and examine the importance of evidence-based solutions or claims. Along the way, the cultivation of empathy and reasoning is ever present. Critical thinking activities will have students weighing the importance of values when it comes to issues on a global scale. As students prepare for life outside of school, Echelon Debate will help them sharpen the skills necessary to present themselves professionally, confidently, and impeccably.

Program Dates: July 13th - July 25th

Program Location: The George Washington University- Washington DC

Program Fee: $2,500

TAKE THE STAGE

Academics

 

Students receive daily instruction from qualified teachers, instructors and debate coaches. Class instruction will take place in university sized rooms where students will be working with partners to practice team building. Instructors will demonstrate to students how to investigate critical reasoning through refutation and argumentation. Students work towards competing against each other in a safe, healthy environment while sharpening real life language and debate skills. Our final camp day is an exciting event where parents and family attend the showcase of each of their accomplished young debaters! Students will showcase a 30-minute debate followed by an awards ceremony.

 

Curriculum

  • Curriculum focuses on research, writing, and delivery.

  • Learn and utilize Cicero’s 5 Cannons of Rhetoric:

    1. Invention,

    2. Arrangement

    3. Style

    4. Memory

    5. Delivery

  • ​Practice Impromptu Speaking

    • Interview Prep

    • Argument deconstruction: claim, reasoning and data.

  • Perform a compelling argument for both sides of an issue

    • Anticipate and refute opposing arguments with logical reasoning and evidence​
  • Practice how to present an opening case and refute opposing arguments.
  • Participate in frequent mock debates.
  • Videotape individual speeches, practice self-criticism, self-improvement and reflection.
  • Research the economic, medical, cultural and global implications of this year’s debate topic.

  • Develop a research paper and present a speech on Echelon Debate's topic.

Residence Life

 

Students will be living on the historic and vibrant campus of the George Washington University, nestled just between the White House and the Kennedy Center. Each student will have a shared room in University Housing with access to a bathroom. Each residential floor will be monitored by live-in Echelon Debate staff members. Students will receive three meals a day from the University dining halls. Our Residence Life team frequently leads team building activities that create and foster friendships that last a lifetime. Echelon Debate employs only the best Residential Advisors with experience to create a lost lasting bond, and a safe, nurturing relationship between RAs and Campers.

Recreational Activities

  • Field trips around the city: 

    • The White House

    • Washington Monument

    • Lincoln Memorial

    • United States Capitol

    • Congress buildings

  • Access to basketball courts and sports fields.

  • Outdoor relaxation 

  • Camp Karaoke Night 

  • Spa Night 

  • Student Talent Show

  • Team Building

Sample Schedule

Day 1

 

1:00 pm: Student Check-In

3:00 pm: Icebreakers and Parent Orientation

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Team Building Activity

7:00 pm: Introduction to Dorm Life:

8:00 pm: Fire Drill

8:30 pm: Relax and Unpack

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Days 2 & 3

 

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Instruction

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Instruction

4:00 pm: Team Building Activity

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Team Building

7:00 pm: Icebreakers

8:00 pm: Team Competitions

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Day 4

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Instruction

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Instruction

3:00 pm: Team Building Activity- Basketball Courts/Gym Day

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Study Hall

7:00 pm: Team Building

8:00 pm: Icebreakers

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Day 5- Field Trip

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Instruction

11:00 pm: Camp Pictures

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Field Trip

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Study Hall

7:00 pm: Team Building

8:00 pm: Icebreakers

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Day 8

8:00 am: Breakfast available, recharge morning

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Instruction

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Study Hall

7:00 pm: Team Building

8:00 pm: Icebreakers

8:30 pm: Creative Writing Night

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Day 6

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Instruction

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Instruction

4:00 pm: Team Building Activity

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Study Hall

7:00 pm: Team Building

8:00 pm: Icebreakers

8:30 pm: Karaoke Party

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Days 9 & 10 

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Instruction

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Instruction

4:00 pm: Team Building Activity

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Study Hall

7:00 pm: Team Building

7:30 pm: Icebreakers

8:00 pm: Flashlight Tag

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Day 7

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Instruction

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Instruction

2:30 pm: Field Day- Baseball Court, Kickball, Capture the Flag

5:00 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Talent Show

7:00 pm: Movie Night

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Days 11 & 12

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

8:45 am: Morning Announcements

9:00 am: Debate Tournament

12:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm: Debate Tournament

5:00 pm: Team Building Activity

5:30 pm: Dinner

6:00 pm: Discussing Feedback

7:00 pm: Team Building

8:00 pm: Icebreakers

8:30 pm: Bingo Night

9:00 pm: Relax and Unwind

10:00 pm: Lights Out

Day 13

7:45 am: Wake up call

8:00 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Student Showcases

11:00 am: Awards Ceremony

12:00 am: Goodbyes and Checkout

Begin the Journey of Self-Discovery and Success