Online Helmsmen Camp 2022

We understand that learning online is not the same as in-person learning. We've consulted with education specialists, and used sound educational philosophy to ensure that our online program is carefully designed to be an effective learning environment (despite the challenges). Here is how we are ensuring we are serving you the best we can in this season. Not every child learns the same, not every child has the same attention span, and not every child wants a 5 day online camp. Here's what we're doing to ensure you can scale the education to your and your child's preferences:

Synchronous with in-person camp!
Debate Camp: July 11-16
Speech Camp: July 18-23


Camp Lectures are held from 10 a.m. - 12 noon, and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. so that students don't have to spend all day on the computer! 


 Optional worship will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. every morning for those seeking corporate worship and daily small group devotionals will take place daily!


Daily “coaching hours” will be offered in 30 minute to 1 hour slots outside of the regular “lecture time." Students will have the opportunity to sign up to work one-on-one with a coach, subject to availability. 


We want to be sure that the education your student receives is dynamic and productive. 

  • We will be using Google Classroom to provide students with a safe platform for feedback, a support network, access to resources, and consistent coaching throughout their time at camp.

  • You will receive an updated handbook for the debate/speech events you mark as interests of your student(s). The handbook will include exercises for students to improve their skills, an introduction to the event, and recommendations for practice. 

  • You will receive more than 50 worksheets for varying levels of competition/events that will ensure your students have methods and practices available to grow in their speech or debate skills without having to be online.

  • Each lecture will have an accompanying worksheet so that the student can engage in the lecture. 

  • Each lecture will have a question and answer session for students to engage in the material.

  • There will be a one hour lunch break, and a 10 minute break every 50 minutes to ensure students' attention spans aren't overtaxed. 

  • Our educational philosophy regarding online learning emphasizes the importance of predictable breaks through which students have enough time to move away from their computer and take a "brain break" without switching to play mode. As such, we've timed our breaks so that your students can engage in their education while avoiding a "Zoom Fatigue." (Shoot us an email if you would like to know more.)