11th Annual Speech & Debate Camp

Founded by Attorney & Coach Griffith William Vertican

2018 NIHD Schedule

Registration for the 11th Annual NIHD Debate Camp is now open. The camp will be held at the Calvary Chapel Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead from August 13th - 18th.

NIHD Family Camp

This year's camp will be especially family friendly, with a great location, family housing, and a track designed just for parents and coaches with classes on how to better coach your kids. We also offer sibling discounts, half-price housing, limited host housing, and meal plan options to make the camp as affordable as possible. We offer various payment options so you can lock in the lowest rate by registering now.
While the camp is a great environment for families, students are welcome to attend on their own.

Where: Calvary Chapel Conference Center Twin Peaks

The Calvary Chapel Conference Center is resort style family friendly facility that offers great amenities like swimming, hiking, volleyball, basketball, pool tables, and hiking. This camp experience will be like nothing NIHD has offered before.

Please do not contact the Conference Center, email NIHD with any questions.

Dates: August 13th - 18th, (Monday thru Saturday)
Early check-in Sunday, Aug 12th

Camp tuition: The three day camp option is $315 and the full camp is $500. Save an extra $35 with promo code "OakBrook35" sponsored by Oak Brook College of Law.

On-Campus Housing: Our on-campus housing has never been nicer! Each room comes with its own bathroom and balcony. Sign up for individual or family housing when you register.

*Meal plans and on-campus housing are completely optional.

Weblink to conference center location

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.

The camp, this year, is an incredible value. This great facility and an all-star team of staff are being offered at a great price. The tuition for the three-day camp option starts at $315 and the full camp at $500. Save an extra $35 by using code "OakBrook35." Housing and meal plans are extra and come in a variety of options. Additional discounts are available for siblings and parents with students attending.

Discounts: NIHD is offering discounts for families willing to help promote the camp. Click here to find out more.

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 nihdcamp@gmail.com.

Camp Director: Griffith William Vertican Esq.

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"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

"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