Registration is Open for NSD LD 2016!

The National Symposium for Debate is pleased to open registration for our LD sessions in the summer of 2016. This summer, NSD brings you a slate of new camp offerings. Our traditional main session will now be our Flagship institute. It will feature a new three week curriculum, and will be hosted at the University of Minnesota again this year. In addition to our flagship institute, NSD will also offer two regionally focused satellite institutes: NSD Texas (hosted at the University of Houston) and NSD Northeast (hosted at Bryn Mawr College). For information about each of these sessions, as well as details about tuition, dates, and registration, see below.

You can also find information on all of our camps on our new camp website:

Students interested in attending both the flagship institute and one of the satellites should contact us. In this case, NSD will design a personalized 5-week curriculum for you that will maximize your intellectual and competitive development over the summer.


NSD Flagship Institute (LD)

Institute Directors: Tom Evnen (Executive Director) and Terrence Lonam (Associate Director)

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Location: University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)


Dates: July 17 – August 6 (Optional 4th week: August 6 – 13)

Tuition: Main Session $3595. Main Session + 4th Week $4895

Complete Information and Application:

NSD’s main session will remain our flagship institute: our premier camp focused on national circuit debate where the country’s best circuit debaters gather each summer to master their craft. The flagship institute now features a three-week curriculum. It is undeniable that national circuit LD has become a dramatically more complex activity over the last few seasons. The activity now demands that students wishing to compete at a high level master an unprecedented range of substantive content, debate strategies, and technical skills. For the past several years, we have seen a consistent increase in requests from students at every experience level for coverage in the curriculum of a wider variety of debate issues and skills at an increasing level of depth. Enabling our students to attain mastery in this new debate environment requires a more robust, longer running curriculum.

While our typical student at the flagship institute this summer will attend for three weeks, we recognize that—especially in this transitional year—some students may find it difficult to attend a three-week program. So, we will offer a very limited number of spots for students who wish to attend the flagship institute for two weeks (at an adjusted two-week price). Please note that, logistically speaking, capping the number of two-week attendees is required, so if you think this option is important for you, then we strongly advise that you submit your registration for camp immediately.


NSD Northeast (LD)

Institute Director: Ben Koh


Location: Bryn Mawr College (outside of Philadelphia, PA)


Dates: July 3 – 16

Tuition: $2695

Complete Information and Application:

The mission of the NSD Northeast institute is to serve students primarily focused on success in debate on the northeast circuit.

NSD Northeast aims to provide debate instruction created specifically for the educational needs of students competing in one of the largest and most substantively diverse circuits in the country, a circuit that involves as much traditional debate as circuit-style debate, critique debate as theory debate, and a unique set of strategies and norms. Designed by a staff that offers some of the best coaches in the area and the country, NSD Northeast features a curriculum designed to help any debater to succeed in the northeast, including first time and younger debaters.

NSD Texas (LD)

Institute Directors: Kris Wright, Jenn Melin, and Chris Castillo


Location: University of Houston (Houston, TX)


Dates: July 3 – 16

Tuition: $2695

Complete Information and Application:

The mission of the NSD Texas institute is to serve students primarily focused on success in Texas circuit debate. Staffed by the best coaches in Texas, this institute will teach students to achieve excellence on their circuit.

NSD Texas is designed to provide a rigorous and supportive environment for LD debaters at all levels of experience and success, and across diverse styles of debate. As one of the most competitive states for high school LD, Texas hosts a number of local circuits, each one competitive and unique. NSD Texas is primarily aimed at helping students from Texas develop the skills and knowledge needed to excel at all levels of competition, including the UIL, TFA, and TOC circuits. For students from other states wanting to do well at the TOC tournaments in the lone star state, NSD Texas will offer the opportunity to develop the keys to success with some of Texas’ most successful coaches and recent competitors.

The NSD Texas Lincoln-Douglas camp offers a rigorous curriculum designed by our Institute Directors centered on teaching students the principles and practice of debate and the unique styles and strategies that developed within the Texas circuit. Covering diverse topics and themes, the NSD Texas institute will prepare students to engage in any style of debate, and to become successful within the Lone Star State.


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