Training Minds Camp 2017

Future competitors in NSDA, NCFCA and Stoa leagues assembled at the beautiful Ponderosa Camp & Conference Center in Colorado to “train the mind for action” in academic debate. The consensus: our program “exceeded expectations.” Check out the feedback (especially the last one!)…and the pictures shout out, “Come to Training Minds Camp in 2018!!!”

The 2017 Training Minds Debate Camp, Ponderosa Camp & Conference Center, Colorado.

The Training Minds Debate Camp of 2017 was by far the best coaching I have ever received. I learned so much, ranging from logic itself, to debate theory as a whole, and everything in between. It was an amazing opportunity to meet others with the same goals and needs as yourself with coaches who know how to meet those needs, and prepare you for your goals. I will definitely be attending again!

—Michael Wilson, Texas

I really enjoyed the lectures on various subjects. I liked how we didn’t debate a lot but focused on structure and logic. I felt like it wasn’t too hard to follow the lectures and I really enjoyed the beautiful facility.

—Eliza Johnson, Kansas

The people at Training Minds have put a lot of time and energy into this camp.  The food, environment, coaching, and materials presented were all incredible.  I would recommend anyone of any skill level in debate to go to this camp.

—Thaen Reeves, Wyoming

Team building was a great way to start the camp.  I always think it is a good idea for people to feel comfortable with each other (beyond just learning names).  I was greatly pleased with the content.  Honestly, I didn’t have much hope for myself (parent/coach?/club leader) to understand debate very well in order to be helpful for my children or our club.  The blinders have been removed and I have hope!  With pleasure I say that Chris Ostertag was an answer to prayer for our family.  We are impressed with his skills and ability to teach.  And one of my boys is now challenged to increase his vocabulary 🙂

The location, food, bunks, bathrooms/showers…all very nice, wonderful facility.  Thank you all!!

—Micaela Reeves, Wyoming

I learned so much at this camp! I loved everything about it, from the coaching and lectures to the team building exercise.  I feel like I have a completely different understanding of debate and everything behind it then I did before. Overall, it was amazing!

—Elizabeth Miller, Kansas

This camp is perfect for any less-experienced coach or coaching parent who wants to help students succeed in debate.  The lectures are substantive and 100% fluff-free; the coaches are personable and dedicated to helping students and coaches understand the intricacies of the event; and the setting is beautiful!  You will not regret including Training Minds in your summer.

—Suzanne McKenzie Miller, Kansas

This was a good learning experience. It was nice to meet people from different states and to start to learn how to debate.

—Zachary Houlihan, Colorado

I think that camp will make the difference this year! I appreciated the atmosphere and loved the learning, friendships, and fun that always accompanies debate but had a special perspective at this camp. I am so excited about what I learned, and can’t wait to put it into practice. Thanks!

—Shoshanna Howey, Colorado

The Training Minds Camp has made me better equipped to start the debate year with information that would have otherwise taken weeks to learn. Thank you Training Minds!

—Grace Sambrano, TX

For a second-year debater Camp was extremely educational on so many levels. The coaching was exquisite and and the scenery was beautiful.

—Trenton Heise, TX

The Training Minds camp was a fun weekend to camp and learn about debate. The location is spectacular, and I loved the short hike you could do in the morning. The food was great! The lectures were very helpful. The most helpful part was the CX lecture and brainstorming cross-ex questions and watching cross-ex videos. I learned a lot of new strategies to try to implement this coming season!

—Sophia Schwarz, Colorado

Great opportunity to immerse debaters in the structure of debate!

—Phillip Schwarz, Colorado

This was an amazing debate camp that far exceeded my expectations. The beginning team-building event was an ingenious idea.  The coaches were top-notch and the sessions taught were thought-out, contained, and exceptional material.  The pace could not have been better.  This debate camp is highly recommended for anyone and everyone involved with debate.  Thanks and great job!

—Clifford Wilson, Texas

My experience at Training Minds Camp was a life-changing one. I learned so much material that I’ll be able to use in order to improve my debate skills and become a better speaker in general. The information I was provided with was invaluable and will be key for my progress this coming season. Before I was a debater, I was extremely hesitant at even speaking in public. It was foreign to me. But now that I’m in my second year and have attended this camp, I’m well on my way to becoming someone that can utilize speaking and policy debate for the glory of God. Thank you, Training Minds!

—Celeste Stewart, Colorado