Training Minds Camp 2012

Join us in Colorado for Training Minds Camp in 2012!

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Early-bird registration expires May 31

Join us at Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado, where speakers and debaters will meet for an awesome five days of forensics training. Here are the details:

  • Camp: Training Minds Camp
  • Dates: July 24-28, 2012
  • 1 day of Limited-Preps, Interps and Platforms (and a little bit of Parli)
  • 4 days of Team-Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Debate

What You’ll Learn

Campers learn from the best.

With over 10 years of history to back up the claim, Training Minds alumni are the most successful speakers and debaters in the NCFCA, Stoa, NFL, CCofSE and LFA leagues. You will be trained by top-notch coaches – several former national champions themselves – to help make your 2012-2013 competitive season your best ever. You’ll learn:

  • How to cut and block literary pieces with the flair needed for champion success.
  • How to write platform speeches that will place you consistently in final rounds.
  • How to speak with the right balance of ethos, pathos and logos.
  • How to argue and defend value debate topics with a grounded philosophical framework.
  • How to promote sound policy topics for the upcoming year, and get a rundown for your specific league’s policy topic.
  • How to master the intense theory surrounding champion debate competitiveness.

There is much, much more you’ll learn at Training Minds Camp, too much to list here. Bottom line: If you are serious about your upcoming competitive success, Training Minds Camp is the place you’ll want to be in July.

Where & When

Colorado Christian University is located in Denver, Colorado, a most beautiful venue July 24-28. On-campus apartment housing is available, giving you the opportunity to be well-rested and attentive for your training. Lunches and dinners are also included throughout your stay. Our goal is to make your stay as productive and enjoyable as possible.

Speech and Debate are aggressive activities that demand an incredible amount of brain work. Mixing this “brainy” activity with the mountainside atmosphere at CCU strikes a perfect balance between fun and excellence, relaxation and drivenness, beauty and academia.

Our host will be Dr. Chris Leland (bio), Professor of Communications and Director of Debate for the university. Dr. Leland has contributed greatly to several forensics communities over his 20+ years of involvement. We’ll also be honored to have him coach some of the sessions during the week.

The schedule for Training Minds Camp is intense, so come with computer/notepad ready to learn. There is some recreation fit into the schedule (frisbees welcome), but this is geared primarily toward speech and debate competition. A detailed schedule will be sent to campers the week before the camp, but the following is a rough schedule:

Tuesday, July 24
1:00 pm – Speech program starts (Interp, Apologetics, Extemp, Platform). Dinner served to all registrants.
7:00 pm – Keynote Jeff Myers present to all campers.
9:30 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Wednesday, July 25
9:00 am – Speech program resumes. Lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
6:30 pm – Debate program begins (Team-Policy and Lincoln-Douglas).
9:30 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Thursday, July 26
9:00 am – Debate program resumes. Lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
9:00 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Friday, July 27
9:00 am – Debate program resumes. Lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
9:00 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Saturday, July 28
9:00 am – Debate program resumes. Lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
4:00 pm – Camp ends.

For those students and coaches flying into Denver (DIA), shuttling is available on Tuesday morning and Saturday evening. A $75 fee will be charged for the shuttling. Please arrange flights in and out of Denver accordingly. If flights are not available in these times, please let us know to make special arrangements.

Your Renowned Coaches

You’ll be taught exactly what to do.

Training Minds Ministry has been around for 11 years, and we’ve pulled together some of the best coaches in the country. Visit our coaches page to explore their bios, expertise and history. You’ll be impressed!

May we show you a bit of our hand? There are some secrets to the success that makes Training Minds Camp a head above the rest. Consider:

  • We have an exclusive partnership with Monument Publishing, publisher of the best-selling curriculum for speech and debate.
  • We hire many of the authors of this curriculum, those who write the sourcebook material, and they’re ready and willing to make the best learning experience for you.
  • Bring your hometown coach with you, and they’ll get trained too! We hope entire clubs with their coaches come for a week of club development through Training Minds.
  • We don’t just lecture; we engage the students. We merge debate rounds and extemp/apologetics practice into the week for students to be coached on the spot.
  • Our coaches remain advocates for your success throughout the year, willing to help as help may be given. We believe in you!

As you can see, Training Minds campers are personally coached for success.

Training for Action

Shane Baumgardner, top-10 in the nation in 2010, is now one of our coaches.

We train for action (1 Peter 1:13 sic.). Though the program is easy to love, it is purpose-driven and agressive. We are training you to excel in competition because we know that your excellence ultimately makes you trainers of the world. We’ve got high hopes for you!

The record of Training Minds Ministry speaks for itself. You can almost count on it: Our campers end up in tournament out-rounds. (Keep up to date with our Success Page.) We’ve hosted students from all over the country, and year after year they return home to shake up their tournaments and intensify the competition. We are quite proud of our alumni!

But Training Minds Ministry is out to make you better people. We strive to instill in every competitor a sense of purpose. You are a child of God who has a calling specifically for you. The competitive environment is training grounds for participation in a larger story. To us, this is most exciting, and we’re in this for your long-term success.

Cost: Half the Price of Last Year!

We’re super excited about our venue at CCU. With help from the Dr. Leland and the forensics department, we have been able to drop our price to less than half  it was last year, a fantastic deal for competitors. Here’s a breakdown of costs…

  • Camp: $399
    Includes tuition, lunch & dinner during camp.
    Early-bird incentive: Registation goes up $100 after May 31.
  • Room & Board: $99
    Includes apartment lodging on campus.
    Early-bird incentive: Lodging goes up $100 after May 31.

This package cost over a thousand dollars last year. Campers in 2012 enjoy a total of $498! And commuters only $399! This is, we believe, the best deal in the country.

There is one caveat to this: Register by May 31 to receive this great deal. We need to have numbers secured by then to get the great rates that CCU is offering us. After May 31, there will be $100 charged to both camp and room & board. Still a great deal, but prior to May 31 is way better!

Five days in Colorado for under $500…this will definitely be a great place for you. We fear the camp will sell out quickly, so make your plans and get registered!

Seeing Is Believing

You’re probably sold on the idea of coming to Training Minds Camp. But seeing some pictures from last year may just add some elements to the persuasive speech you’ll likely have to prepare for your folks. Click on any of them for a slideshow…

Training Minds Alumni have a history of fairing VERY well at tournaments later in the year. Scroll through the success pages to prove it. Colorado is the place to be in July: cool evenings, mountain views, crisp air. Your training will definitely pay off!

Register Here

Early-bird registration expires May 31