Summer at SJ

Debate Camp

We will offer training in Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, and Congress debate. For Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum, we will have two levels of labs, one for the beginner or less experienced, and one for the intermediate/more experienced debater (including beginners who attended last year). If you attended last year and found the camp to be a useful and positive experience, come back for more advanced training. Congress will be offered at the beginner level only.

We served 180+ aspiring debaters last summer. Join us!

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  • What will be accomplished at Debate Camp?

    The goals of Debate Camp are as follows:

    To train dedicated, serious debaters who can’t afford the thousands of dollars for a national camp.

    To create a cadre of well-trained local debaters who can share their skills with their teammates and raise the level of local circuit debate.

    To allow our best and brightest to develop to their full potential.
  • When and where will Debate Camp take place?

    Dates: June 3, 2024 through June 14, 2024
    Schedule: Weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except June 14, when we conclude after lunch
    Location: 8900 Bellaire Blvd., Houston TX 77036
    Camp Fee: $700.00 — limited need-based scholarships are also available by contacting Mr. Brock Scheller
  • Who should attend Debate Camp?

    People seeking a foundation for becoming top-notch Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, or Congress debaters, especially on the local circuit.

    Incoming Strake Jesuit freshmen or other Strake Jesuit beginning debaters who want to get a head start on their preparation for competition, or just want to get a sense of what high school debate is all about.

    Rising seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade girls or boys who want to learn the basics of successful competitive debate.
  • Who will be the instructors?

    Mr. Murvin Auzenne, Mr. Jerry Crist, and Mr. Brock Scheller will be camp co-coordinators and chief instructors. Together, they coach the Strake Jesuit College Preparatory Debate Team. They have helped coach top National debaters: the 2021 TOC Champion in LD; four TFA state champions in 2006, 2008, 2018, and 2021; two TFA runners-up in 2009 and 2011; a third-place finisher in 2010; the 2008 NFL National Champion in LD; and numerous other top national debaters. Mr. Auzenne has also taught at the UT debate camp and the VBI camp. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Mr. Brock Scheller.