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Clear Water

Helmsmen Institute
Summer Camps 2024

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Join us for two amazing weeks at the historic and beautiful campus of Covenant College!

Each day will be filled with Christ-Centered learning, skill-building, fellowship and fun with Helmsmen Institute coaches and staff!

We are planning special events for Independence Day!

Come to both camps and spend the weekend with us!

Platform, Limited Prep, Interp and Wild Card Event sessions will be offered for learners, intermediate and advanced Stoa speakers at the Helmsmen Speech Camp. Platform speech competitors will improve their rhetorical skills while learning how to craft a creative and compelling message that stands out and has an impact on the audience, all while maintaining their voice. Interpretive speakers will learn how to make literature come to life by diving into the processes that make an interp both enjoyable and successful. Expect growth in the many skills and abilities necessary for understanding literature, as well as the editing process and performance of an interpretive speech. Limited Prep competitors will learn how to do research that demonstrates their understanding of the material, how to manage their prep time, and how to prepare their hearts and minds to give a speech that is compelling, well-reasoned and impactful.

Lincoln Douglas, Team Policy and Parliamentary Debate Sessions for learners, intermediate and advanced Stoa competitors are offered at Helmsmen Debate Camp. Lincoln Douglas sessions will offer a philosophical analysis of the resolution, with lectures geared to educate students on the underpinnings of the resolution while providing cutting-edge research and portable skills. Through analysis of fundamental Lincoln Douglas argumentation and detailed analysis of complex moral framework, our staff will provide students with a never before offered educational and challenging approach to teaching value theory. Team Policy sessions will offer in-depth lectures that break down the foundations of Policy Debate, and will provide students with essential tools and strategies required to master Policy. Each of our lecturers are hand-picked Alumni and coaches in Team Policy and will bring a wide array of unique and expert knowledge on the nuances of Team Policy. Students will take away an expanded knowledge of argumentation and analysis of Policy Topics. They will be taught stock issues and debate theory at their most competitive and strategic level to succeed. Helmsmen’s Parliamentary Debate sessions will offer an approach and expertise found at no other camp. All presenters are selected for their knowledge and abilities in this increasingly popular and rigorous form of debate. Students will build a foundation of strength by focusing on refining time management, research, and mental agility. The student will take away the skills, tools and understanding necessary to reach new heights in Parli.

Online Camps

The Helmsmen Institute Online Camps

are the perfect solution for competitors who are looking for a flexible

camp-from-home option.

Helmsmen Speech Camp offers in-depth training on how to master every speech event, and how to specialize in each category. Our champion staff is dedicated to challenging and honing your student’s skill set.

Helmsmen Debate Camp offers a unique approach by providing sessions geared to educate students on the events and timelines surrounding cases for this year’s debate resolutions, while providing cutting-edge research and portable skills to maximize their potential.

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We strongly believe in giving students the opportunity to learn about communication for Christ. As such, we have set aside a scholarship fund for those in need.

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