Training Minds Camp at Point Loma University

Point Loma Camp 2013

The Training Minds Camp in beautiful Point Loma Nazarene University was a huge success. Nearly 100 students gathered for speech and debate competition, and keynote speaker Michael Hyatt drew in another 200. Students came from all over the country: California, Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma,Texas, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota, Missouri and New Jersey. These students are ready to light up competition!

This Training Minds Camp helped me understand how to debate even better, and how to think outside of the box. Go. To. This. Camp!

Miliano Mikol, Texas

My first year of competition was anything but easy. I never broke in debate once and spent many tournaments watching my friends happily run off to go to their outrounds, while I stayed behind in tears. After several of these very painful tournaments, I seriously believed that I didn’t have what it took to be successful. It was such a difficult experience that I even considered giving up. Training Minds was the best $600 I ever spent. Between the Extemp track taught by a two-time National Champion and an LD track filled with some of the most brilliant coaches I have ever met, this program is worth all the time, effort and money it takes to get yourself here. Sure, you may have to travel huge distances, the days are very long and your schedule will be so tight you barely have enough time to eat or sleep, but the training you receive will pay for itself. Thanks to Training Minds, I finally believe in myself and I can’t wait to see how far I can go—be it to outrounds, Regionals or all the way to the National Championship. Thank you, Training Minds…you’ve changed my life.

Elisa Ron, Texas

Training Minds was DEFINITELY worth it! I can’t wait for next years camp!

Megan Wattenhofer, South Dakota

Whether you are a novice or advance, with or without a clue, this camp will help you find all of the essentials you will need for each resolution and each question you are asked, this camp totally changed my way of speaking and debating.

Spenser Sneddon, California

I had expected the camp to be pretty good, but it was much better than I expected. At the end of the first day, a friend of mine said, “Well, I know what to bring tomorrow.” My immediate response was, “Paper?” I ended up with 29 pages of notes in small writing with no doodles. Even if I were a doodler, I wouldn’t have had the time. I was gaining new information faster than ever before. The tracks I were in were interesting, fun, and helpful. The teachers were ready and willing to answer questions, and the environment was great for learning. Flowing a debate round used to be so hard for me, but after attending this camp, it all clicked. Details of Interps that have been missed in previous years were brought to light, and I’m sure that my speeches, my year, and my life will be greatly improved because of this camp.

Jared Curry, California

Training Minds Camp EXCEEDED our expectations.  Coaches were focused, motivated to teach, very knowledgeable, experienced men and women after God’s own heart.  Chris went above and beyond to offer not only top notch coaching, a keynote speaker with a hilarious opener (Micah’s Interp), but three intimate parent group gatherings — one with Michael Hyatt, one with Skip Rutledge and one with Chris and Wendy.  I loved that no time was wasted.  My only regret is that we hadn’t sent our student sooner.

Leinani Mikol, Texas

I went into camp knowing nothing of any of the speech events. After taking the apologetics track I feel excited and ready to study, explain, and defend my faith in an interactive and intellectual way.

Matthew Paulsen, Arizona

The Point Loma Training Minds Camp was an amazing adventure for me. I actually enjoyed sitting in the lectures! I tried to soak in all the recommendations and teaching from the expert coaches. Isaiah McPeak, Travis Herche, and Brooke Wade were among the wonderful group of helpful, clear, intelligent coaches. Their instruction and encouragement boosted my confidence; I went from being nervous to being excited to compete and practice what I learned.
Also, the students who attended camp were a great bunch. I now have several sweet friends from all over the country.
Thank you, Training Minds, for creating a complete speech and debate camp experience.

Lucie Gillette, Texas

This summer I stood resolved that I would become a more proficient debater and speaker.
Observation 1: Inherency
Minimal enthusiasm to research and write speeches.
Observation 2: The Plan
Attend a Training Minds Camp
Observation 3: Advantages
Being surrounded by spirited speakers and coaches, I was quickly infected with the enthusiasm and drive to begin research and writing now, and polish my words and work all year.
Thanks to the guidance of the coaches, I’ve been able to analyze and identify the issues in my speaking and debating ranging from major issues to minor tweaks.

Sophie Jaro, California/Minnesota

When I first heard about this year’s new debate resolution, I was worried about my limited knowledge in that area. Attending Training Minds Camp, however, allowed me not only to grasp the subject but to generate more ideas for the coming year! The speech track was a wonderful asset as well—it took me from knowing nothing to being completely informed and confident about every aspect. Thank you so much Training Minds. I definitely hope to attend your camps again!

Taryn Murphy, California

My daughter was involved in forensics her last two years of high school.  She made it to semi-finals at NITOC both years without going to camp.  I have often wondered how much more she would have accomplished if 1) she had been involved with speech & debate sooner, and 2) she would have participated in a Training Minds camp.  Fortunately, we started her brother sooner with camp this summer!  I now know why this camp is valuable for anyone interested and involved in forensics. We enjoyed the experience and look forward to his future years with speech & debate in high school.  My son’s response to the camp: “It was AWESOME!”

Ricky Feria, California

I had a blast at the Training Minds Camp. It was fun, exciting, engaging, and well-organized. Great Job!

Josh Oetter, Arizona

This was a wonderful camp and one I would definitely beg my parents to let me return. I learned so much that week and I can’t wait for my competitive season to start. I would definitely recommend this camp to all my friends, although, sadly, most would not come. This camp was a wonderful idea. My hopes and prayers for Training Minds goes with you.

Lucas Settergren, California

This was my first time at camp…….and I had no idea what to expect. But as soon as I set foot in camp, I fell in love with everything!!! The staff and coaches challenged everything I knew and encouraged me to look beyond or think outside the box this world has created. All had sharpened my abilities to defend, communicate, and search for the truth. Everyone attening was willing to participate, encourage, and be there for you!! Training Minds Camp was one of the best Christian environments that I have ever seen in my life 🙂 It left me with an overflowin heart, knowledge in my head, and a strong desire to come back next year!!!!! Thank you everyone for making this camp happen!!

Evelyn Moskalets, California

I loved Training Minds Camp, it was exorbitantly beneficial to my speech and debate “career.” It is rare you will be able to find such great teachers and loads of information. I feel more prepared in all my categories then before I went. Thank You All.

Kai McAlister, California

The coaches covered everything, going step by step through the process of speech writing and case building. They saw even the smallest part of a speech as its own category and would explain the importance of such small things as value links. I had been throughly confused on how to write a case before camp. At camp they showed us how and I realized that what I had been missing was the value links. They are such a small part that they had just been taught as part of the value. At camp the coaches taught them as their own peice of the puzzle. I was then able to write a case that made sense and was logically connected.

Sarah Fallon, Missouri

There’s nothing like this intensive week-long immersive camp to get speakers and debaters up to speed on the new year!

Reuben Settergren, Calfornia

Coach Vance was fantastic. I loved how he encouraged the students to research and find their case based on the evidence rather than picking a topic and then finding research to support it… So critical…Also learned so much about evidence and finding problems with it. I know Max Lucado is called America’s Pastor, so I would like to nominate Luis Garcia as Stoa’s pastor. I love his passion for handling the VERY WORD OF GOD!

Sharon Browatzke, California

Great Friends, Awesome campus, Amazing Coaches with successful back stories who really know there stuff!! Learning so much and having so much fun debating, learning, hanging with friends and preparing for the speech and debate year approaching.

Tabitha Jeub, Colorado

Before coming to camp, I knew little about debate processes and felt completely unprepared for my upcoming novice year of Team Policy debating. But, after just one week of Training Minds camp, I feel adequately equipped to compete and succeed in the upcoming year. I know the road ahead will be challenging and the competition will be tough, but thanks to my Training Minds camp experience my engine is revved and I am ready to go.

Nathanael King, California

Fantastic experience. Apologetics was not just about being successful in competition, but also about being successful in spreading the Gospel in real life. Team policy gave excellent resources that apply to this current resolution and was an excellent resource for general logical analysis. Glad I went!

Christopher Enloe, California

Training Minds Camp was extremely intensive, and packed with new opportunities to learn. I loved being able to eat, sleep, and breathe debate! It was a great way to thoroughly immerse myself in the activity, and I feel like I emerged a better speaker and debater.    

Eli McFarlane, Texas

Training Minds debate camp did three things for me. First, the coaches taught me so much about debate and the topic. Second, before camp I didn’t like debate, but after camp, debate was pretty much all I could think about. Third, the coaches always brought it back to God, reminding us to keep our hearts in the right place. If there was one more thing I could say about camp it would be that the coaches at camp were amazing and that I strongly recommend this camp to anyone and everyone.    

Tiffany Dunia, California

I thought the Point Loma Training Minds Camp was a terrific experience, and was impressed with the caliber and dedication of all attending, including campers, coaches, administrators and parent/coaches.  I look forward to hearing many reports of success throughout the year and can’t wait until next year’s event.    

Skip Rutledge, California

Training Minds Camp gave me a new method of thinking for debate. I have been to other debate camps, but I never improved my debate skills very much. This camp, gave me something new. I was able to successfully utilize the skills that I had been learning over the years, because of what I was taught at Training Minds Camp. I was taught new ideas and strengthened my previous skills. In the practice rounds, I could start hearing and seeing the difference in myself. The judges would commented my ability to debate. It was at then, that I knew this debate season will be very different from all of my other years of debate.  

Kirsten Dunia, California

Training Minds has revolutionized not only my speech writing but everything else I write!  I have never competed in any speech events, and have only debated for one year.  Thus, before camp I was considering, maybe, just one platform speech.  Now, thanks to the Training Minds camp, I’m ready to compete as an iron-man this year – two or three platforms, one interpretation, impromptu, apologetics and Lincoln Douglas debate.  … As this is my senior year of high school, and thus my final year with NCFCA, I am thankful to Training Minds for helping me maximize my final year.  Thank you, Training Minds!

Jasmin Aprile, Oklahoma

  • Angela Beltran

    I will never understand why people feel the need to say anything. When they open thier mouth they often put themselves down and thier children and they never realize it. I love all my children , all soon to be 8. And even as I come to the end in this pregnancy I hope that God sees fit to give me many more. I guess that makes Me CRAZY to ;). It a great club don’t you think?

  • Margaret

    I’d say if it’s God doing the deciding, the number is good, whether it’s large or small.

    However, the attitude behind comments like that doesn’t generally go along with people leaving that part of their life up to the Lord.

    For right now, and as long as God sees fit, my three is a good sized family for us. If he adds more, that number will be good too.

  • Tgates

    Large families are very often misunderstood. We have four, soon to be five, and we get TONS of comments. I personally don’t think large families are for everyone because everyone doesn’t have the relationship with God that they should have. If a couple’s attitude is that a couple of children are a necessity in order to be like everyone else, then having more would just be terrible for the children. If a couple is not willing to sacrifice being normal, living for God and following His will for their lives, and to raise their children in a way that is pleasing to Him, then I don’t think they should have more; they probably shouldn’t have any!

  • Rslillis

    we have 5 boys ages 6 and under. we get alot of misunderstood comments, but we also get some that are wonderful, like “what blessings!” or “wow how wonderful!”

    my kids are almost always with me, we do just about everything as a family, and so where ever we go we do get noticed. the kids notice the comments, and most of the time smile or say something cute like “we LOVE having so many brothers!”

    sometimes we talk about the comments, because i always try to put a positive spin on it most comments make the kids think they are just getting extra attention, but there are times when it bothers them. if something very rude is said we make a point to talk to the kids about it later, out of earshot of the person who said it. (or their own child(ren) as the case may be.)

    i think the most hurtful comment i have ever received wasn’t so much hurtful to me and my children but to the lady’s daughter who was standing next to her. the comment was “your crazy. you LIKE being a mom that much? I HATE it. i can’t wait till SHE is 18 and moved out my house. only ONE more year and I’m DONE!”
    i had never met this lady before, and not again since but it was immediately apparent the hurt on her daughter’s face. I wanted to scream at that lady and tell her to look at her daughter and how much that hurt her. i wanted to hug the poor girl, and tell her how much she is loved by God. i wanted to befriend her, but there was no time for as quickly as the hurt crossed her face, anger took it’s place. she stormed off followed by her mother. i never saw them again.

    those types of comments are awful.

    another type that’s pretty bad is when this one nurse at the ER when my son had stitches was complaining about “those large families” that “take up resources” and how “selfish” they are for having more than 3 children. it made me so upset i wanted to puke, but the sweet doctor who was stitching my son’s chin looked right at her and said “what a terrible attitude you have toward children. our country has really gone down hill because of the way children are seen and treated. it’s such a shame”

  • Toeknee1031

    We are proud of our seven kids…I like to say I feel like snow white sometimes, LOL! What bugs me, is when people find out we have two sets of twins and they ask “didn’t you learn after the first set?” Seriously? What is there to learn??? I learned that I could handle 3 kids a year and under, still in diapers, none walking, and nursing two of them, and NOT go CRAZY! So…we added a few more to join enjoy our fun. No one is ‘missing out’ due to finances, (another point often brought up by others). I don’t pay no attention to them anymore. I guess I’ve got a luxury suite in the pent house of the loony bin, and I am so totally loving it here!

  • Luvmyjje

    I think large families are wonderful. I only have 4 but for us, I believe our quiver is full. We thought we were only having 3 until God sent us another. I believe having children is like any other decision in life. Pray for God’s will for you as a family…I truly admire parents with many kids and wonder how they do it. I don’t believe it’s for everyone, but definately for some and it’s such an example and blessing to me to see those families thrive as well as the small families that thrive and follow after and please God.

  • Lori B

    I love the article, but I really want to comment on that picture. That is one of the cutest and most adorable pictures of them. I love the scrunched up face – she made me smile 🙂

  • Jenna

    Maybe we should ask them things like: You don’t like gifts?? (Asked in a shocked voice, with a smile) Then say as you are walking away….”who doesn’t like gifts?”

    Jeub family you are a model family, and an inspiration, I love learning from you and watching how you go through life. Thank you for sharing it all with us!!

  • Jchilous

    I’m sorry y’all had to deal with that, but I’m sure you probably get it all the time so it rolls right off of you. I only have two right now and I get comments because they are 10 months apart. I can’t imagine what will happen if we have another one soon, but I’m sure it will be less than positive.

    If there’s anything I’ve learnned from you all, as I am desiring a large family and feel we are already on our way there- it is that what people say and what God puts in your heart are completely separate things. People are flawed, say things out of ignorace, we are all guilty of it. If God had not put this in my heart, I would also think y’all are crazy! I’ve been conditioned that anything more than 3 children is “a handful”, that’s just our culture. Nevermind being 22 and married 3 years with 2 babies already. We are in the crazy club right there with you 🙂

    Just continue to love your Blessings, you are a beautiful and blessed family with a strong testimony and voice that contradicts what the world believes. At the end of the day, your children are your strongest testimony and legacy. They seem to have more joy and love than many children who have no siblings or the standard 1 or 2. Just keep on keepin on!

    • Sarah

      I’m 22 as well (hubby is 25). We have three children and another on the way. May we both continue to pray for God’s will to be done and against the spirit of fear as our families grow!

  • We have 11, with #12 on the way. In our years as parents we have heard a plethora of comments, most probably similar to what the rest of your hear.

    When we walk around with our family, we are an open book. We cannot quietly slip into a restaurant or store. People watch us and stare, often counting as we walk by. We don’t mind and it has given us many opportunities to share our belief that children are blessings with those we meet.

    One morning I was in a large warehouse store with my kids. We were walking up an aisle with the kids either holding onto the cart or in a line beside it. Nobody was misbehaving and since we were just starting our shopping, everybody was cheerful. A clerk walked up the aisle and said, with a sigh, huge eyes and dropped shoulders, “Ugggh. Aren’t you glad they’re not all yours?” I politely smiled and said, “they are all mine.”

    I feel sorry for that woman that her life is full of burden rather than blessing.

  • Kris10rn

    Hope you had a great Birthday Chris!
    I just finished the book on Sunday. WHAT A BLESSING! First, I have to say THANK YOU THANK YOU for not listening or giving into your fears and hesitation with publishing your book. I read Love in the House last year and the chapters about Loving your Children hit home then and were powerfully convicting.

    You included some of the same messages in your new book and it again, HIT HOME! So many times I have felt isolated, discouraged, and hopeless with my 1 “Tommy” child. This week I have prayed about MY attitude towards him. I have resolved to make changes within ME to love him better, the way he needs and hears love.

    I have read portions of these chapters with my husband and just cried and cried. We both feel a new “calling” to really instill love in our house. It isn’t that we aren’t loving, but I think you know what I mean. I intend to pour out love instead of getting easily angered and keeping records of wrongs.

    We have 4 kiddos. God has been pounding on my heart to have more, but I have been listening to my fears, hesitations (what will my family members say?), and our culture that says “quit now while you’re ahead!” NO MORE LISTENING TO THE WORLD. We have so much joy with our children now. We talk about it all the time. So why not love more?

    Good job on the book. I just wanted to encourage you that you have impacted my heart and life (and hubby’s too since he is currently reading it). I am so glad you no longer listen to what the world is telling you but what God has to say about the subject.

    Just had to say THANKS!

    • Kris, your encouragement is awesome! Thank you for your kind words.

  • Hailey

    I dont have any children, and when I tell people I want to have 5 or more children, they look at me like Im crazy. So I can only imagine the comments I would get if I actually did have 5 or more kids.

  • Amanda Brown

    We have 4 children, and I still get a comment every week I do shopping…man how many kids do you have, or the ever popular sheesh I’m glad I’m not paying for that!!!! (funny enough usually from the older folks)
    The sad thing is usually its not a “full” shop. I makes you feel a little withdrawn as where we live here in a small town (Coastal Victoria, Australia) where most families only have 2 kids.
    I agree the hardest thing is when they are rude and hurtful in front of your children.
    I have learned to grow a tougher skin and once or twice i have even played a joke and said to their “gee is that a week or fortnight’s shopping” i mentioned…”oh no mate, its only a day or 2 days worth!
    When they look in shock I said yeah, I have 6 kids at home and (patted my tummy) another 3 on the way. We sure do appreciate free babysitters kindly 🙂
    My friend and I burst into laughing as they took off!

  • Roddma

    More children will not solve the world’s problems. Jesus Christ had no kids. So are you claiming to be holier than Him? The childless are treated with disdain even in the 21st century. It is they who are misunderstood. Not all are fit to be parents. So you say everyone should have children regardless if they want to or able to take care of them? Obviously Andrea Yates was unable to care for her children but Rusty ignored doc’s warnings. If the no birth control advocates ruled, these things would happen more often. I agree with the Dad

  • RM

    I grew up in a family of eight and we got comments often. Now my husband and i had three in less than a year and we get comments. Honestly I have to think long and hard to find a time that the comment was truly negative. People just make conversation and when it is something different from what they are used to they are bound to comment on that. When someone says “I don’t know how you do it!” i just tell them the truth and say that i honestly don’t know either!

    Someone mentioned that they learned they could have three kids one and under and not go crazy… Well, thanks to my personality i literally learned the opposite. I know now that if i have more children i WILL be the next Andrea Yates. So i am one of those who will say things like “i am looking forward to when all the children are out of the house when I’m 42!”. That doesn’t mean i love my children less or enjoy children in general less or that i think they are not great gifts and blessings. They totally are! But i look forward to every stage of life, and i do really look forward to the time when my husband and i will have more time to nurture our love for each other.

    I’m glad you can all encourage each other, but this reveling in being “crazy” has me kind of confused. Everyone has some way they seem crazy to others. And, honestly, having many children is not the norm, butneither is it way out there in crazy land. We get twice as many people expecting us to have more children than anything else. It feels like a way to put others down, like crazy is just a more acceptable way of saying better. And of course you think it is better – everyone makes their choices because they believe they are the right ones!

  • Donald E Flood

    Of course, all Protestant denominations prior to 1920 held that artificial contraception was an intrinsic evil. The Anglicans were the first to make the “rare exception,” and then, a few years later, the flood gates opened, first, for them, and then, for most Protestant denominations. The Roman Catholic Church still holds to the ancient teaching of the Church and the blessings of large families. Sadly, far too Catholics are following the Magisterium of the Church on this matter.