The Triumph Debate Method.


What We Teach...

Triumph Debate Camp specializes in teaching traditional debate styles. Our robust curriculum uniquely emphasizes a deep approach to philosophy, critical thinking, and technical debate abilities. We teach students the skills and knowledge needed to succeed at local, state, and national competitions. Our nationally recognized staff know what it takes to win at tournaments like NCFL and NSDA Nationals, and know how to prepare students for these competitions.

With nearly half of Triumph Debate instructors pursuing degrees in philosophy, we are the best camp for students who want to master their understanding of framework and ethics.

We often refer to ourselves as "the camp that teaches traditional debate, progressively". While we focus on successful strategies in traditional regions - like Ohio, Montana, Wisconsin and more - we give students the depth and technical skills to compete against anyone and compete anywhere.

Triumph Debate selects the November/December NSDA topic areas for camp, analyzing each resolution through a topic lecture, group discussion, and camp files. Debaters will compete using one main topic. Students will view instructor demo rounds to see high-level skills and topic argumentation in action, as well as have the opportunity to learn how judges make their decisions.

We believe that approaching topic areas rather than one singular resolution gives students the best understanding of various types of topics and wider philosophy range.  

 

"Triumph Debate Summer Camp was one of the highlights of my summer! The camp itself was very informative and the lectures about philosophy (and of course the other ones as well) increased my fundamental understanding of LD debate itself. All the instructors were so kind and their guidance was very helpful. If I had questions they would always answer it in a easy-to-understand way. Their teaching is high-quality and well-worth the money. I would recommend this camp to anyone who wants to improve for the upcoming debate season!"

- Ashley K. (summer camp, 2021)

How We Teach...

Triumph Debate emphasizes a "Learn, Try, Do" educational model for camp. This three prong approach begins with our experienced staff equipping students with the knowledge of various concepts. Once campers have mastered the ideas, we encourage them to try to put these concepts into practice with collaborative group-based activities. Finally, students continuously refine their knowledge and skills through individualized and targeted practice sessions, such as debate rounds, drills, and the camp tournament.

Students are placed in a "lab" system, based primarily off of previous experience and diagnostic exams. Those labs are led by two to three Triumph Debate instructors, with a camper to staff ratio of 4:1.

To ensure our curriculum is robust and best fits each individual student, our instructors spend the day prior to camp in a "work day" where we develop games, activities, lectures, and more. 

Labs at Triumph Debate have built in "open" time. Open labs are designed to allow students to have a voice in the topics they would like to learn. Campers can request specific lectures, opt to participate in a workshop, ask any questions they may have, and more. 

Triumph Debate uses a "rotating" instructor system, which allows students to learn from all staff members. This ensures a variety of ideas and opinions, and campers foster wider connections within the Speech and Debate community.

While debate and public speaking is fun, we also recognize that students need time to relax! Triumph Debate Camp features "extracurricular activities" outside of debate - such as Philosophy Book Club, Athletics Club, Board Game Club, and more. These clubs allow students to focus on interests outside of debate, while making friends in the process!

 

Why We Teach...

The evidence is clear - debate provides unique knowledge, skills, and abilities that improve students academic, professional, and personal lives. Students who participate in Speech and Debate, on average, maintain a higher cumulative GPA by approximately 0.4, are 3.1x more likely to graduate high school, and perform better on tests such as the ACT (Mezuk et. al 2011). On a personal level, students who engage in debate have boosts in confidence, improvements in critical thinking, and stronger communication skills (Akerman and Neale 2011). Without a doubt, debate changes lives.

Yet, debate is also a competitive activity. Many students and coaches struggle with balancing the desire to have fun with the goals of winning. Though we teach students how to win, our camp boasts a non-competitive learning environment with collaboration and growth as the underlying values.

Triumph Debate ensures all students - no matter their backgrounds, experience levels, or goals - are accepted and can participate in this life changing activity.

 

"Summer camp was one of the most fun experiences I've had in a long time. The instructors were really helpful and took an interest in helping me personally. Even though it was online, I really feel like we developed a community and bonded with one another."

- Jack G. (summer camp, 2021)

Sample Elective List (2021)

  • Rebuttal Tools: Blocksheets, Frontlines & Preflows
  • Indicting Evidence
  • How To Collapse & Strategically Kick Arguments
  • The Rebuttal Economy: Winning The Time Tradeoff In Rebuttal Speeches
  • Utilizing Extensions & Backfiles To Always Outweigh / Link In

Sample Lessons

Tip: to view our sample lectures, click the play button in the left corner!

Ethics & Philosophy

In this seminar, Triumph Debate instructor Eva Lamberson discusses the application of the moral and political theory of cosmopolitanism in a Lincoln Douglas debate round. Specifically, how to leverage its advantages, what makes the theory appealing to all judges, and how to construct it into cases.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 Winter Intensive session.




Impact Calculation

In this lesson, we will analyze the importance of impacting arguments and how to weigh those impacts. We will cover more unique areas of weighing and impact calculations such as reversibility,  cyclicality, and proximity. 

The sample video was taken from our 2021 winter camp session.

Indicting Evidence

This lecture features Jo Spurgeon covering how to approach studies on any given topic. Specifically, how to dive into various empirical research and how to approach critiquing/indicting that evidence.

The sample video was taken from our 2021 summer camp session.



Impacting & How To Weigh Arguments

 In this lesson, we will analyze the importance of impacting arguments and how to weigh those impacts. We will cover areas of weighing such as scope, magnitude, timeframe and probability.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.


Political Philosophy

This lecture will cover moral philosophy, including works by Kant, Singer, Aristotle and more. In addition, this lecture will discuss the relevant political philosophy, such as Rawls, Locke, Hobbes, and others. We will also discuss ideas such as cosmopolitanism, conservatism, liberalism, social contracts and more.

The sample video was taken from our 2020 summer camp session.