The National Institute for Homeschool Speech & Debate Camp

Hosted at San Diego Christian College
Founded by Attorney & Coach Griffith William Vertican

Where: tbd

Dates: Summer 2017

Camp Costs:

  • $400 for tuition if you register by June 20th after that there is a $50.00 late fee.

  • On-Campus Housing and Meals cost extra and are completely optional.

  • See "COSTS (Tuition, Housing & Meals) and DISCOUNTS" on sidebar for more info on camp costs and discounts.

Eligibility: Students ages 12-18 years of age as per Stoa guidelines.

Exceptions: If a student is 11 years old, but will be competing this coming school year in Stoa, he/she may participate in NIHD.

Tracks: NIHD Debate Camp features a "Novice Track" as well as an "Open Track" for both Lincoln Douglas and Team Policy Debate.

Novice Tracks are designed to meet the needs of students who have never debated before by teaching them the basics in Team Policy or Lincoln Douglas Debate.
Open Tracks are geared to challenge and stretch even the most experienced debaters with cutting edge training in theory and resolution analysis.
Speech Tracks are brand new this year and designed to help students at a variety of levels. They will provide instruction in all three forms of speeches: interpretive, limited preparation, and platform events.

Students registered in LD or TP may also register for the Parli Tournament.

Dress Code: Casual, no tournament attire required.

Camp Verse:
James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (ESV)

For more information contact the Camp Administrator at

Camp Director: Griffith William Vertican Esq.


"In my entire debate career, I have attended only one debate camp: Concordia Debate Institute [now called NIHD]. The unique combination of in-depth lectures and personalized critique has dramatically improved my debate ability. Each aspect of the ballot is taken into account--the persuasiveness required for speaker points, the concrete evidence needed for the reason for decision, and the experience, knowledge, and skill set it takes for that final vote. If you want brilliant instruction in a friendly, Christ-centered atmosphere, Concordia Debate Institute is exactly what you're looking for!" - Stephen Roe 2010 NITOC National TP Debate Champion