Summer at SJ

Debate Camp

Debate Camp is full for Summer 2023.
See you next year!

We will offer training in both Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate. 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.
As before, what we promise you is that you will learn the skills that will make you a winner in competition, in the classroom, and for the rest of your life! We focus specifically on preparing debaters for the local Texas TFA circuit. Nobody else does this.

We served 100+ aspiring debaters last summer and we look forward to meeting you or your debater this year.

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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 19, 2023 through June 30, 2023
    Schedule: Weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except June 30, when we conclude after lunch
    Location: 8900 Bellaire Blvd., Houston TX 77036
    Camp Fee: $600.00 — scholarships are also available
  • Who should attend Debate Camp?

    People who are dead serious about becoming top-notch Public Forum and LD debaters, especially on the local circuit.

    Incoming SJ freshmen or other SJ 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- and eighth-grade boys or girls 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 Jerry Crist.