Policy Debate

The purpose of the policy debate camp is to train students to think critically and argumentatively. While there will be a strong focus on topic knowledge, a large portion of the camp will focus on why policy debate has the structure and organization that it does. This way, students will be able to better comprehend the intricacies of more complicated arguments because they can see the underlying reasoning for the contention.

LD debate camp

The purpose of the Lincoln-Douglas debate camp is to train student to think critically and argumentatively. Students who participate in the camp will spend a majority of their time learning advanced philosophical theories, cross-examination techniques as well as researching skills. Students will work on two Resolutions that they will have the potential to debate during the year.

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Public forum debate

Running for the first time in 2014, the Public Forum camp focuses on a few things: research, skill development, case writing, cross-examination and debate skills. Students will develop those skills in addition to learning about topic background on Economics, Politics and History, to give them an edge in their research throughout the year.

July 16th - 21st 2017 @ Washington High School

The South Dakota Debate Workshop is pleased to offer a 5-day debate intensive that will help students grow in their debate skills: research, flowing, topic analysis, case-writing, argumentation, and speaking. Our goal is to provide an inexpensive option for students who wish to improve their skills as a debater and get a head start on the new season.Students can apply to one of three debate camps: Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, or Public Forum, all of which are designed to help students engage critical thinking skills that will guide them in next year's debate season and beyond.

SDDW is excited that this year's camp will be held at Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM YEARS PAST! With this change, there are a few items that you will be interested in - make sure to read through the info pages for a more detailed description.

Over the past few years, graduates of the SDDW have had great success throughout the State including:

2016, 2015 & 2014 State Policy Champions

2016, 2015, 2014 National Qualifiers

2016 & 2015 State Policy Runner-ups

2015 State Policy Semi-Finalists & 2nd Alternates to Nationals

2015 State Lincoln-Douglas Runner-up & National Qualifier

2016 & 2015 National Qualifier in Lincoln-Douglas

2015 National Qualifier & State Quarter-Finalist in Lincoln-Douglas

2016 State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas

2015 State Quarter-Finalists in Lincoln-Douglas

2014 National Qualifier & State Semi-Finalist in Lincoln-Douglas

2015 State Quarter-Finalists & 1st Alternate to Nationals in Lincoln-Douglas

2014 StateQuarter-Finalists & 2nd Alternate to Nationals in Lincoln-Douglas

Three former graduates of the SDDW competing in Quarter-Finals at the 2014 State Debate Tournament - All three qualified to Nationals in 2016