Training Minds Camp in Point Loma 2013

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Registration Closes June 30

Join us at Point Loma Nazarene University in Point Loma, California, where speakers and debaters will meet for an awesome week of forensics training. Here are the details:

  • Camp: Speech & Debate Camp, our complete program and coaching team
  • Dates: July 30-August 3, 2013
  • 1 day of Limited-Preps, Interps, Platforms and Parli
  • 4 days of Team-Policy and Lincoln-Douglas Debate
  • Stoa, NCFCA and NFL students are welcome

Keynote Speaker: Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt will be the Keynote Speaker at Point Loma Nazarene University. He is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the most sought-after public speakers in the nation. You will want to make every effort to register for the camp because Michael Hyatt will be offering an incredible message to students.

Michael Hyatt will be speaking directly to the students with two profound messages: building a platform and developing a life plan. This is riveting stuff, the kind of message that young people need to hear in their budding age. Coaches, too, will be inspired to bring their competitors to heights they may not have thought possible.

NOTICE 7/18/13: Training Minds has opened Michael Hyatt’s keynote to the public for a $5 cover charge. If you are in the San Diego area, be sure to join us at the Crill Performance Arts Center at Point Loma Nazarene University. ORDER TICKETS HERE.

Read more about Michael Hyatt.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll be learning from the best.

With 12 years of history to back up the claim, Training Minds alumni are some of the most successful speakers and debaters in country. You will be trained by top-notch coaches – several former national champions themselves – to help make your 2012-2013 competitive season your best ever. You’ll learn:

  • How to cut and block literary pieces with the flair needed for champion success.
  • How to write platform speeches that will place you consistently in final rounds.
  • How to speak with the right balance of ethos, pathos and logos.
  • How to argue and defend value debate topics with a grounded philosophical framework.
  • How to promote sound policy topics for the upcoming year, and get a rundown for your specific league’s policy topic.
  • How to master the intense theory surrounding champion debate competitiveness.

There is much, much more you’ll learn at Training Minds Camp, too much to list here. Bottom line: If you are serious about your upcoming competitive success, Training Minds Camp is the place you’ll want to be in July.

Where & When

You’d be hardpressed to find a more beautiful campus than Point Loma Nazarene University. Located on the beach of the Pacific Ocean, students will enjoy ocean sunsets, cool evening breezes, and maybe some surfing. On-campus housing is available, giving you the opportunity to be well-rested and attentive for your training. Meals are also included throughout your stay. Our goal is to make your stay as productive and enjoyable as possible.

Speech and Debate are aggressive activities that demand an incredible amount of brain work. Mixing this “brainy” activity with the oceanside atmosphere at PLNU strikes a perfect balance between fun and excellence, relaxation and drivenness, beauty and academia.

Our host will be Dr. Skip Rutledge (bio), Professor of Forensics and Communications for the university since 1990. PLNU is ranked number one over the last sixteen years (with 256 points)  by a fairly wide margin in the NPDA collegiate debate league. Training Minds is honored to be hosted by such a top-calibre forensics department. Dr. Rutledge sends this note:

We believe that we have been blessed with not only one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, but also one of the top faith based universities committed to providing a stimulating learning environment committed to teaching your students at a high level, to helping to mold their character in Christ directed ways and to send them forth into the world with the vision and tools to make a positive difference. We are fortunate that the university also is supportive of forensics as an important means of accomplishing these end results.

The schedule for Training Minds Camp is intense, so come with computer/notepad ready to learn. There is some recreation fit into the schedule, but this is geared primarily toward speech and debate competition. A detailed schedule will be sent to campers the week before the camp, but the following is a rough schedule:

Tuesday, July 30
2:00 pm – Check-in
3:00 pm – Speech program starts (Interp, Apologetics, Extemp, Platform). Dinner served to all registrants.
9:30 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Wednesday, July 31
9:00 am – Speech program resumes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
6:30 pm – Debate program begins (Team-Policy and Lincoln-Douglas).
9:30 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Thursday, August 1
9:00 am – Debate program resumes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
9:00 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Friday, August 2
9:00 am – Debate program resumes. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to all registrants.
9:00 pm – Retire to dorms or hotels.

Saturday, August 3
9:00 am – Debate program resumes. Breakfast is served to all registrants.
12:00 noon – Camp ends.

For those students and coaches flying into San Diego International Airport, we suggest a taxi service. The airport is only 15 minute drive from PLNU. Please arrange flights in and out of San Diego accordingly.

Your Experienced Coaches

Training Minds Ministry has been around for 12 years, and we’ve pulled together some of the best coaches in the country. Visit our coaches page to explore their bios, expertise and history. You’ll be impressed!

May we show you a bit of our hand? There are some secrets to the success that makes Training Minds Camp a head above the rest. Consider:

  • We have an exclusive partnership with Monument Publishing, publisher of the best-selling curriculum for speech and debate.
  • We hire many of the authors of this curriculum, those who write the sourcebook material, and they’re ready and willing to make the best learning experience for you.
  • Bring your hometown coach with you, and they’ll get trained too! We hope entire clubs with their coaches come for a week of club development through Training Minds.
  • We don’t just lecture; we engage the students. We merge debate rounds and extemp/apologetics practice into the week for students to be coached on the spot.
  • Our coaches remain advocates for your success throughout the year, willing to help as help may be given. We believe in you!

As you can see, Training Minds campers are personally coached for success.

Our 2010 LD camp in Laguna Hills. See all of those who became champions?

Training for Action

We train for action (1 Peter 1:13). Though the program is easy to love, it is purpose-driven and aggressive. We are training you to excel in competition because we know that your excellence ultimately makes you trainers of the world. We’ve got high hopes for you!

The record of Training Minds speaks for itself. You can almost count on it: Our campers end up in tournament out-rounds. (Keep up to date with our Success Page.) We’ve hosted students from all over the country, and year after year they return home to shake up their tournaments and intensify the competition. We are quite proud of our alumni!

But Training Minds is out to make you better people. We strive to instill in every competitor a sense of purpose. You are a child of God who has a calling specifically for you. The competitive environment is training grounds for participation in a larger story. To us, this is most exciting, and we’re in this for your long-term success.


We’re super excited about our venue at PLNU. With help from the Dr. Rutledge and the forensics department, we have been able to keep our stay on the beautiful campus to a minimum. Here’s a breakdown of costs…

  • Student Tuition: $500
    Includes tuition, lunch & dinner during camp.
  • Coaches Tuition: $300
    Includes tuition, lunch & dinner during camp.
  • Room & Board: $200
    Includes dorm lodging on campus + breakfasts.
    Flex apartment housing available for an additional $100 upgrade.
  • Early-bird incentive: Tuition and Lodging go up $100 each after May 31.
  • Lodging upgrades and resources are also available.

A work week in Point Loma for this price will definitely be a great place for you. We fear the camp will sell out quickly, so make your plans and get registered!

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Registration Closes June 30

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