16th Annual NIHD Speech & Debate Camp

July 31 - August 4, 2023

Founded by Attorney & Coach Griffith William Vertican

Camp Theme:


The same power that rose
Christ from the dead lives in you!

Romans 8:11

NIHD Family Camp
After a very successful camp last year and an overwhelmingly positive response, we are proud to offer NIHD Camp at our new facility, BIOLA University! Along with this great location, the camp offers LD, TP and Speech tracks designed for everyone! We even have a track for parents and coaches with classes on how to better coach/judge.

While the camp is a great environment for families, students are welcome to attend on their own.

Where: BIOLA University

Dates: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2023

Camp Tuition: Thanks to our sponsors, Oak Brook College of Law, and BIOLA University, we are offering one of our best deals ever!

We have lowered full tuition to the camp by $100. The all-inclusive student package is starting at $649.00. Register early to receive the $50 early bird discount. That makes camp this year only $599.99 (with the early bird discount). This includes all lectures and expert teaching, on-campus housing, all meals, and the casebook.

The student commuter rate is only $299.00 (with early bird discount, meals are not included but may be purchased separately at Biola).

See other options here

On-Campus Housing: Our on-campus housing has never been nicer! We have verified that all classrooms and dorm rooms have air conditioning! We do have the option available to come settle in early Sunday evening on campus (Cost is $50.00)

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 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.

We are offering commuter tracks for both parents and students too!

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

Dress Code: Casual, no tournament attire required.

For more information, contact Michelle Richardson at nihdcamp@gmail.com.

Camp Founder: Griffith William Vertican Esq.


"Five years ago I had never debated with anyone in my life (except of course my parents). I needed help learning about forensic debate and I turned to Griffith Vertican’s NIHD Camp. Since then, I’ve attended over a half dozen of his camps and learned more than I could have ever imagined. NIHD camps are always staffed with the brightest minds in the business who teach not based simply off of a book, but based off of experience. I highly recommend both the NIHD debate camps and also Griffith Vertican as a debate coach. Because of what I have learned at NIHD camps, my debate career has taken flight and literally led me around the world. I have still never won a debate with my parents, but I guarantee that I am a sharper, more articulate communicator and a more talented forensic debater because of Griff’s dedication to investing in students through his NIHD camps. If this could be summarized in one sentence, I’d say; “GO TO NIHD!” If you’re debating about whether it will help you, just attend one camp and that debate will be over."
–Jeffrey Pistor 2017 Stoa Parli National Champion