Debate Camp will be a stellar experience for anyone who wants to learn how to think, communicate, and persuade. Whether you're a seasoned debater who wants to win nationals or just want to persuade someone on Facebook, this camp is for you. We will cover everything from basic symbolic logic and rhetorical skills to advanced non-verbal persuasion strategies and evidentiary proof. Through sessions, practice debate rounds, and intense drills, we will graduate any student to the next level of debate.
Never debated before? Debate Camp will help you grasp the skill. Advanced debater? We will dive into the intricacies of persuasion and theory to help you break the glass ceiling.
The focus of the camp will be on real world, professional, and mature communication that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. How can you winsomely and wisely use evidence and logic to support what you believe?
Debate tactics for Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas will be covered during camp, but the majority of camp will be geared towards the finer points of rhetoric and persuasion that you can take with you into adulthood.
Thaddeus Tague is the owner and Head Coach at Ethos Debate. He was on the 2014 - 2016 Patrick Henry College Debate Leadership and was the 2012/13 Stoa National Champion in Persuasive Speaking. Thaddeus was also the 2014 - 2016 Vector Debate Coach, coaching the #1 teams in Virginia for three years. He is the resident jack-of-all trades at Ethos, and over five years, he learned under Ethos founder Isaiah McPeak, managed a sourcebook, and taught multiple camps. He has a soft spot for novice team policy debaters and currently coaches debate students of all styles and leagues, as well as professionals looking to enhance their skills through rhetoric and critical thinking skills. Thaddeus has coached or competed in Team Policy (Stoa, NFL/NSDA), Lincoln Douglas (Stoa), American Parliamentary (NPDA, IPDA, APDA), Moot Court, British Parliamentary (WUDC, USU), Mock Trial, Model UN (MUN), and Karl Popper Debate.