In addition to the Helmsmen staff that will mentor, coach and teach at our camp, we will have lectures by faculty of Concordia University. These professors, with PhD's in the field of the topic, are able to provide unique and well researched input that will assist students in making an excellent case for their argument in speech or debate. The Helmsmen Institute is the only Stoa camp to offer this level of highly educated, professional and experienced leaders in the Christian community. These Concordia Faculty members are hand-picked for their expertise and Christian worldview.


The Helmsmen Coaching Staff is handpicked to include the most elite and grounded individuals from Stoa. Our Staff is selected based on success, integrity, and continued involvement with speech and debate. Every Helmsmen representative is among those nationally recognized for speech and debate skills, knowledge, coaching and competition.

Early Start

One of the many features we offer is our timing. Launching an enthusiastic and exciting camp at the beginning of summer will help students to begin their journey into the 2020-2021 season. Instead of losing momentum, students are filled with new enthusiasm and excitement, and can approach the new year with a competitive edge. Having a head-start on preparations allows students to develop a stronger foundation of research and knowledge over the summer, and to be in a better position to balance their competitive speech and debate activities with school when competition starts in the Fall.

Principles That Guide Us

Affordable Camp

From its inception, the Helmsmen Institute has sought to provide high quality resources at affordable prices. Through careful planning and negotiation, the Helmsmen Institute is able to offer our camps at an exceptional rate.


Camp Lectures

Our Camp Staff is handpicked from Stoa Alumni who have continued to pursue Christ and seek to serve Stoa. We are excited to present 4 levels of instruction in order to best serve novice and intermediate speakers and debaters while continuing to challenge advanced speakers and debaters and assist parents in their goal to further the education of students.

Christ Centered 


The mission of the Helmsmen Institute is to guide students not only to grow and excel in speech and debate, but to grow and excel in their spiritual walk with God. We seek to provide each student the resources they require for success, and to guide students to a more solid foundation in Christ.

Educationally Oriented

Since its inception, the Helmsmen Institute has had the goal of being able to provide an affordable, high quality camp for Stoa competitors, helping to launch them into a season of growth and success. The Helmsmen Institute camp offers the best of Stoa alumni leadership, with an emphasis on building Critical Thinking Skills through high quality teaching, and Virtue through Christian mentorship.

There will be opportunities for recreational activities and good wholesome fun at the Helmsmen Institute Camp! Bring comfortable shoes and a great attitude!


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