Learn the basics of debating in a low pressure, fun environment!

This is the perfect program for students who want to try out debating for the first time. Students will learn about argument construction, cross-examination, and rebuttal. We start with simple topics like "Summer vs Winter" or "Cats vs Dogs" and eventually move on to more complex issues like "Zoos should be banned." As with all Lumos programs, there will be many opportunities to practice public speaking!

Age Range

11 - 13 Years Old


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Skill Level

Beginner - Intermediate




1 week




Use discount code MARCH1 to get a $120 discount for a special price of $755, available until March 31, 2020.

New for 2020! Sibling discount is now 5% of paid tuition per child and will be issued as a refund once registration is complete.

Have Fun and Build Speaking Confidence!

We've designed our curriculumn and teaching methods to provide a welcoming, friendly experience for first-time debaters!

We believe the best way to build confidence is through practice. Over the course of the week, each student will give dozens of short speeches, some prepared and some impromptu.

Especially with public speaking, it's incredibly important to provide encouragement and positive feedback early. For many students, even just standing up in front of the class and giving a speech is a big accomplishment!

Simple Topics

Our focus is on teaching the fundamentals of debate, so we'll focus on topics that your child feels comfortable with.

We start with fun, silly topics like "Cats vs Dogs" or "Pancakes are better than Waffles." The goal is for students to feel comfortable quickly so we can teach the basics of debating.

For the final tournament, students will debate a more serious issue like "Zoos should be banned" or "Standardized testing should be abolished in schools."

The Lumos Curriculum Flow

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