Walking Into Speech and Debate Camp With the Right Mindset

Ahhh- the joys of summer! I truly hope you have had the opportunity for some rejuvenation, or at least some rest and relaxation. This summer has been a bit more unique than summers past. Most speech and debate programs have turned virtual, and perhaps you are not interested. I truly hope that is not the case, because growth is waiting to happen… whether it is IN PERSON or online. Speaking of IN PERSON opportunities… There are a few IN PERSON Camps (listed below) – I’d love to see you there! But whether or not you have signed up for a Speech and/or Debate Camp, make sure you come in the right mindset…

Having the right mindset for what you are about to experience is crucial! Here are just a few tips…

  1. Open Minded. Whether you are about to experience your first Speech and Debate Camp or an Online Camp, be open minded. You might like it, imagine that?! If you are closed to growth, otherwise known as a fixed mindset, you may not be able to see the wonderful world or relationships in store. Make sure you have a growth mindset!
  2. Grace. Please know, because I know, everyone running your camp is trying to give you the best experience possible. A little grace can go a long way.
  3. Participation. Go willing to participate! I know, this may seem hard or out of your comfort zone, but you will get the most out of camp, if you are willing to put in it! Also, for experienced students make sure you are able to take the lead, if needed. Encourage younger students to explore, and perhaps show them how. This is an opportunity to show your leadership skills.
  4. Look for “nuggets.” The opportunity to grow is everywhere!! I have been an educator for over 20 years… and I am still growing! Students who have participated in Speech and Debate Camps every summer, may need to look for nuggets to provide them with an “Ah-ha moment.”

I hope you take these tips to heart so you can make the most of your summer!

Lasting Impact! Founder, Heather Neumann, will be involved with a number of IN PERSON and Online Camps this summer. There is still time to register!!

NIHD – July 20-24 – Lake Arrowhead, CA


The biggest and best debate camp will be returning to the beautiful mountains of Southern California this year for the 13th Annual NIHD Speech and Debate Camp! Mark off July 18-24, 2020 to join us at the Twin Peaks Christian Conference Center for what will be our best camp yet! We’re bringing back all seven tracks and another phenomenal staff, and completing the week with vacation resort fun for the whole family.

EverReady/Lasting Impact! Cross Training – Aug. 3-7 – Prospect Heights, IL

EverReady and Lasting Impact! have come together to create an integrated and IN-PERSON summer camp experience for students who want to improve their public speaking and debate skills. This thoughtful and unique approach to teaching speech and debate through an intensive five-day summer camp is aimed at equipping students, parents, and coaches with the skills necessary to effectively communicate from a Biblical worldview.

Research Camp 2020 – Aug. 10-12 – Online


This 3-day camp gives your club the research foundation it needs for the year and beyond. The research camp is meant to equip you with the skills that you can use for the entire rest of your life, starting now with debate: how to get to the bottom of something, find the schools of thought, and go to a level of research depth of a real researcher. And Isaiah McPeak can show you how to do it with modern tech tools that make it achievable and do-able!