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Concordia University Irvine's

Helmsmen Institute Camp


Camp Highlights

C.R.E.W. stands for Conquering, Researching, Encouraging, and Worshiping – the four core values of our mentoring component. We believe that community is central to personal and educational growth. As such, we have designed C.R.E.W. groups to facilitate conquering the students’ biggest challenges, researching effectively and ethically, encouraging each other in Christ, and worshiping as a group. Through C.R.E.W. groups, students will grow spiritually and make critical connections with one another and with the material from camp lectures.

As students of the classical approach to education, we firmly believe that the oldest form of education is also the best. Socratic teaching focuses on giving students questions instead of focusing on answers. This refines the skill of inquiry and creates a foundation for critical thinking. This is necessary for all debaters, as they grapple with moral questions, and seek truth.

The Founders of the Concordia University Irvine's Helmsmen Institute Camp are all champions in Stoa, with outstanding achievements in high school, and they went on attended a University with a Forensic Program in the top 10 Speech and Debate Universities in the Nation. The Founders of the Helmsmen Institute cumulatively have over 35 years of experience in competition or coaching Speech and Debate and are experienced in assisting debaters to become the best individuals and debaters they can be. The Helmsmen Institute Board of Directors consists of college and high school forensic coaches with over 85 years of experience altogether, and are present to guide staff and students alike through teaching and coaching. The Coaching Staff is handpicked to include the most elite and grounded individuals in Stoa, and are selected based on success, integrity, and their continued involvement with speech and debate. Every Helmsmen representative is among the nationally recognized for speech and debate skills, knowledge, coaching, and competition. These highly qualified individuals have spent time crafting material that speaks to every level of competition. This material will be personalized to meet the educational needs of each student and is packed with evidence, logic, and excellent debate theory. The briefs, evidence cards, cases and other debate material presented to students are intended to elevate competition to ensure quality argumentation through education.



The safety and security of each and every student is of the utmost importance to us. The gated community of Concordia University is in one of the safest cities in the United States, and Concordia has a well trained and responsive campus safety department. In addition, we have trained staff living on campus as Resident Advisors who will ensure peace and harmony prevail in every resident. Our goal is to ensure that your student is safe and secure. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at any time at the number listed in your registration packet, or at helmsmen.institute@gmail.com.


Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine is the gracious host and partner of the Concordia University Irvine Helmsmen Institute Camp. With a breathtaking view of Irvine, the gated campus is not only in one of the safest cities in America but is also stunningly beautiful. Only six miles from the beach, Concordia is a great location with perfect California weather. 


Concordia is a University dedicated to the Great Commission and committed to bringing academic excellence to the students that call it home. The professors of Concordia are Christian professionals at the top of their fields. We are grateful to be able to extend the personalized education and academic rigor of CUI to camp attendees.