ISD: Florida  (June 29- July 12, 2024)
ISD: Carolina  (July 14- July 27, 2024)
ISD: Online  (July 15- July 26, 2024)

ISD: Florida Residential Program

Get the full ISD experience on-campus! Includes room and board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
2 Weeks
1 Week

ISD: Carolina Residential Program

Get the full ISD experience on-campus! Includes room and board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
2 Weeks
1 Week

Commuter Program (applicable to both FL and NC)

Commute to and from camp each day! Includes lunch and dinner only.
2 Weeks
1 Week

ISD: Online

Experience the #ISDDifference from home!
2 Weeks
1 Week

Lincoln-Douglas debate involves two competitors who examine questions of morality, justice and democracy through an adversarial debate. Students take on complex messages and develop arguments that are persuasive and clear. With a heavy focus on philosophy and ethics, Lincoln-Douglas debate asks students to think beyond what is merely preferable, but the reasons behind our decisions. Whether through evaluating the effects of governmental decision to discussing human’s ability to rationalize, Lincoln-Douglas debate takes a critical view at today’s world and who we are as humans.

How we teach | How students grow

The ISD Lincoln-Douglas program is committed to individualized instruction focused on skill development, case-writing, research and in-round strategy. Beginning students can find a program built around foundational knowledge and skill sets. Students will leave with an understanding of how Lincoln-Douglas debate works and how to be successful in competitive rounds from the very start of the year.

Experienced and/or returning students will find that ISD Lincoln-Douglas is built around focusing on how to develop the skills needed to succeed through the diverse world of Lincoln-Douglas. Curriculum focuses around continuing to develop traditional skills while introducing students to a variety of more complex, progressive skills. Students will spend independent time continuing to read topic literature while gaining reinforcement of important philosophical works.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate at ISD: Online

Online instruction for ISD: LD still includes our great lab experience through both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  A day may consist of recorded lectures that you can start and stop, small group breakout drills, and one-on-one office hours with staff.

From Our Curriculum Director

“Our curriculum is focused on creating well-rounded students who can debate in a wide variety of styles. Debate is not about learning a bag of tricks but is instead focused on improving research skills, case writing, in round strategy, speaking, and logic. Our goal is to create Lincoln-Douglas debaters who wants to succeed across the nation and throughout a variety of tournaments.”

– Christopher Vincent, ​Curriculum Director - Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 - 8:50am
9:00 - 10:00am
Topic Lecture on Possible Topics
10:00am - 12:30pm
12:30 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 2:30pm
Philosophy/Framework Lecture
2:30 - 5:00pm
Skills Lecture/Practicum and Lab
5:15 - 6:30pm
6:30 - 8:00pm
Evening Session/Office Hours
After 8:00pm
Commuters must depart campus
Resident students must be inside the residence hall
Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11:00pm - 7:00am
Quiet Hours