Nationally recognized speech and debate summer camp with day and overnight programs for middle and high school students.
- World class senior instructors in every lab
- A balanced experience of learning and fun
- Life-long skills over tricks that only win some rounds
We are different, and that’s the way we like it.
Find your voice and develop your skills through programs focusing on each speech and debate event.
Learn from championship level faculty who care as much about you as they do your next round.
Locations - All Online in 2020
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, ISD 2020 will be all online. We can't wait to return to our in-person locations in 2021!
I have gone to ISD for 3 summers and cherished every minute. Through Beyond Resolved I have heard horror stories from other camps about competitive toxicity but I could never relate because ISD encouraged a sense of camaraderie. Although debate is inherently competitive, ISD made it about the relationships and invaluable lessons we learned, which is why I will always recommend ISD. Not only did I grow as a speaker at ISD, I grew as a person, a leader, and an activist.
ISD taught me new strategies I could use to grow as a competitor and fostered connections to other members of the community with whom I still work and compete. The lessons I learned from camp outlived the summer and carried into the year, guiding my interactions with others within and beyond the activity. The experience was invaluable.
As someone who has attended 3 different debate camps, I can easily say that ISD is the best camp in the country. ISD has provided me with so many tools that will not only help me in debate, but in life as well. ISD has given me a family who supports and inspires me, the skills I need in order to convey my ideas to anyone sitting in the back of the room, and the confidence in order to push myself past my limits.
Before attending ISD, I was not confident in my debate and public speaking skills. The magnificent staff members create such an encouraging learning environment, that every student receives the tools they need to return to their circuit a better debater. Attending ISD means becoming apart of a community that will encourage you through and beyond your debate career.
Prior to this year I had a very lackluster speech and debate career. Yet, through ISD I learned the true meaning of the ISD difference – it means giving every single camper the motivation and drive to love the event that they do and to try their hardest no matter what. Whether you want to be a funny speaker, an emotional speaker or an extremely analytical speaker, ISD has a place for you.