Recommendations from former parents, alumni and participants:

"I heard great teaching-practical and foundational; yet, so rich in info it really would suffice the advanced debater. Not only was the content outstanding, but the delivery was always engaging and funny but far from boring.

I heard moms say they have a better understanding of what debate is all about and the details of how-to. They see how debate can benefit their child in many ways.

I saw the kids get inspired-by the looks on their faces and the level of participation-it was evident that they had hope of debating well. They are already thinking about this upcoming season. They are brain-storming ways to fundraiser to go to the San Diego camp!

I have heard of deep conversations between parents and their children after the POME and Defy the Lies talks. A mom said her son began to talk about some of the things Griffith taught regarding The Last of the Mohicans. Another mom told me that through the week, her boys were heard talking and would often say, 'That is what Coach Griff would say,' or 'Coach Griff talked about that.' These boys saw someone who talked with them-someone serious about following God in the area of purity and the girls saw a new standard in relationships. They were given statistics of how science is upholding what the Bible has said all along and they heard practical ways of guarding their purity. Parents were challenged to be in theirs children's FACE so that the world will not deceitfully draw their hearts away.

I am sure there is much more fruit that will come forth from the seeds that were sown last week. Thank you so much for coming to Georgia and for pouring out yourself unashamedly and whole-heartedly for these families! May God continue to bless you and your ministry!" - Jennifer Brisendine

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"I went to the NIHD camp in GA the first year I was going to debate and it was a great experience. As someone who knew very little about debate, I participated in the team policy novice track and was able to learn so much about the fundamentals of debate. The lectures, handouts, research times, and practice rounds were all key parts in preparing me for my first season of team policy debate. The preparation from NIHD camp jumpstarted the season for my partner and me by giving us knowledge not just on how to debate but also the topic for that season. This put us months ahead of people who did not attend. My partner and I went on to have a great first season, earning multiple checkmarks, winning a tournament and qualifying to NITOC. The next summer I went back to NIHD camp and was once again thoroughly prepared to start the season successfully; we got 1st and 2nd place in parli and team policy respectively, at the first tournament with 20+ teams the following November. The coaches, particularly Coach Griffith Vertican and Brandon Winchel, have been tremendously helpful. They are extremely experienced not only as debaters themselves but also at translating their skills into coaching others. Their coaching and the NIHD camp were key in helping my partner and me have another great year of debate, qualifying to NITOC again, and, after breaking multiple times, taking 29th place in team policy and 4th place in parliamentary debate. I definitely recommend NIHD camp. Whether you know nothing about debate or have lots of experience in debate, it will jumpstart your season." - Shayna Seidel

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"Speech and Debate is one of the most important life skills one can possibly learn. From religious beliefs to political opinions, our ability to communicate is vital to being able to persuasively articulate ideas and defend what we believe. Starting July 15th, you will have an opportunity to further your Speech and Debate skills at the 6th Annual National Institute for Homeschool Debate camp! I have attended this camp for the past 4 years, and can truly say that it has immensely helped further my public speaking and debate skills, as well as make lifelong friends. The Debate Camp helps students learn how to improve their communication skills in an exciting and fun manner, and I would highly recommend it to high-school students. Trust me, you won’t regret it!! The camp is being hosted on the beautiful campus of California Baptist University. Registration opens April 1st, with discount prices available to people who register before April 11th." -Brandon Winchel- (Winner or 3 tournaments ranked #1 TP Debate 2013)

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"The National Institute for Homeschool Debate has been invaluable to my success in debate. NIHD helped me to establish a solid basis in debate theory, further my understanding of the current resolution and excell as a communicator. From personal coaching by experienced alumni and coaches to lectures on debating with integrity, NIHD has it all. At NIHD, you will learn how to be a step above everyone else in speaking, strategy and character. After that week, your will never debate the same." -Katie Hillery-

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"When walked into my first NIHD lecture four years ago, I had no idea what to expect. I was young, I was nervous, and was a terrible debater. During that entire week and the other two I spent there over the next couple years, I learned and grew in so many ways: I got older, and with that I grew wiser, more confident and more Godly; I even became a much better debater. I didn't just learn how to debate behind a podium, though, because the camp experience teaches you to become a better communicator and contender for the Faith. NIHD took a thirteen-year-old-girl, and with the incredible faculty, amazing group leaders, beautiful worship, awesome lectures, fantastic competition, and indescribable fellowship, turned me into a varsity debater much more ready to face the world." -Brenna Bakke-

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The National Institute for Home School Debate provided me with solid foundational skills for competition in Stoa and the NCFCA. The camp offered a wide variety of fascinating lectures, with topics ranging from attorney cross examination skills to strategic use of humor, and allowed me to choose the lectures that interested me most. As if that wasn’t enough, the NIHD provided a full length practice tournament, a learning experience I never received at any other camp. Although I valued the camp’s structure, I appreciated the faculty even more. From day one, Coach Vertican and his staff welcomed me into the community, helped teach me research skills, and gave me a new appreciation for debate. The student leaders offered valuable feedback during warm up rounds, and researched a wide variety of topics ahead of time, in order to prepare us with evidence. The NIHD provides the setting for some of my fondest high school debate memories, and I highly recommend it to any debater, whether a novice or a seasoned veteran. - David Hutchinson-
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"I competed in Speech and Debate for 4 years in high school. My senior year I finally gained success, winning 3 tournaments in Lincoln Douglas debate, 4 consecutive tournaments in Persuasive speaking including the National Championship, and ending the year as the number 1 ranked Lincoln Douglas debater and Persuasive speaker in the nation. God deserves all of the glory for this, but of the many people he used to help me get there none deserves more credit than my former debate coach and great friend, Griffith Vertican.

I absolutely could not have achieved what I did without the expert training of Coach Griffith. He was the 2007 NPDA National Parliamentary Collegiate Debate Champion, and his passion for teaching his students mixed with his unparalleled skill in persuasive debating combine for the best possible learning experience. Not only that but you, like me, will gain a role model in Griffith, as his life strongly reflects his commitment to following God. In addition to Coach Griffith, there are also several other National Champions teaching at the camp including Team Policy Champion Stephen Roe, Lincoln Douglas Champion Chase Harrington, myself, and many more.

I can say with confidence that if you’ll attend The National Institute for Homeschool Debate (https://cui.homeschooldebate.net/) your debating and speaking skills will increase exponentially, regardless of your current level.

In short, you’ll get the best teachers, the best training, and the best value. If you attend this camp you won’t regret it!!"- Matthew Mittelberg
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This debate camp has been so helpful for me me in the two years I attended. I attended in Team Policy one year, which really helped me come into the season stronger than just any other novice. I felt more confident due to what I learned, and benefitted greatly. The following year I attended in Lincoln-Douglas, which has been very much invaluable to my career as an LDer. Overall, camp is super fun and enormously beneficial. I strongly recommend it. Great people, great teaching, and an overall great time that is sure to help in competition. But more than anything, the environment of people who want to help you grow both spiritually and in debate is quite wonderful. -Chandler Lasch-
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"The best instruction I received while in the NCFCA was from the CUI summer institute. Not only do Konrad and Griffith break down in-depth strategies and make them simple to understand, but they also spend lots of time working with you and your partner individually. Thanks to skills and concepts I learned at camp, I'm winning more rounds and feel more confident."
-Will Prier
(Qualified to Nationals this year)

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"Entering my second year of coaching in NCFCA, I was looking for an opportunity to educate myself. I am SO glad I decided on Concordia Debate Institute last year. It was incredibly beneficial and well-rounded. Excellent, interactive teaching, lab-time for research, and LOTS of debating...10 rounds. Konrad and Griffith really push the students to think strategically, not just regurgitate the arguments of others. The students had work assigned before camp began, so they were able to hit the ground running. Konrad and Griffith genuinely cared about the students, and inspired them with their passion for academic debate. I would highly recommend it to students, parents and coaches. The Lord really blessed our little club this year. Two teams qualified for nationals... both of them alumni of CDI!"
-Wendee Carr
Rhetoric Debate Coach

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"What did we like about Concordia Debate Institute? Well, even if it hadn’t been on a gorgeous campus, and even if it hadn’t been more affordable than the other camps, we still would have chosen to attend just because Konrad is so dang fun! Our girls learned a whole lot about presenting well-reasoned arguments and structuring their speeches for maximum effectiveness, as well as about debate theory. They found the lab time to be very productive, the topic-specific lectures to be very worthwhile, and the feedback they received from the coaches was constructive. And as a parent, I appreciate the wisdom that is sown along with the information. So yes, I recommend your camp!"
-Honey Burke
(Parent/Coach of Control Debate Club)

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"Concordia Debate Institute has without a doubt been the most rewarding debate experience I've had. Superb instruction--both in class settings and one-on-one in practice debates and research sessions--brought my debating techniques and skills to a higher level. It would be no exaggeration to say that I would not be where I am now in debate without the knowledge gained from attending the CUI camp."
-Stephen Roe
(NITOC National TP Champion)
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"Attending the National Institute for Homeschool Debate was one of the best ways I could have possibly prepared for debate during my senior year; I would not have been half as prepared for the season without it. Between the camp's energetic coaching staff and terrific opportunities for practice rounds (and the fact that you're in wonderful Southern California), I'd happily recommend this for anyone, whether you're in your first year or your last."
-Jonah Ortiz
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"Concordia Debate Institute was the best way I could have started out the debate season. It was the beginning of my third year in NCFCA Team Policy, and the set-up of the camp was so conducive to getting a jump start on our new resolution, as well as working out the 'rustiness' that can form over the summer, that I felt much more prepared at the first tournament, than I had in the previous two years when I hadn't attended the camp.

I liked the review of 'debate basics,' as well as being exposed and introduced to new and different ways of approaching the activity to challenge me further. But I also appreciated the fact that the camp isn't only great for returning debaters; there were quite a few novice students at camp with me, who were set up very well for their first season in our league by Griffith and Konrad, and did great at tournaments over the year!

The individual attention and instruction given to each debater was excellent: Konrad and Griffith have so much knowledge and wisdom on the subject to impart that nothing but good came of my time there. We had alot of laughs too, and fun memories were made! (: "
-Jordan Carr
(Qualified for Nationals this year and won Top speaker a National Qualifying tournament)