Camp 2021

KU Summer Coaches workshop

We will be holding a free workshop for Coaches on Saturday July 10th that will focus on preparations for the 2021-22 NSDA Water Resources topic and online debating.

Coaches can register for the workshop at the link below:

KU Debate Camp

ONLINE Debate Camp

The 2021 Jayhawk Debate Institute will be again using an online platform for the summer of 2021. We are committed to maintaining the high quality level of instruction to which students at the Jayhawk Debate Institute have become accustomed.

Registration Deadline May 31, 2021

Submit your application through this link: 

Two week Jayhawk Debate Institute June 20-July 2:  $800

Three week Jayhawk Debate Institute: June 20- July 9: $1,200


2021-2022 NSDA Policy Debate Topic

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.


The Camp Experience

We will replicate as closely as possible the face to face teaching experience of the JDI. We will use remote technology for interactive lectures that will bring quality instruction to students and provide opportunity for students to ask questions and receive immediate feedback. We will use both small working groups and individualized sessions for students to work with our quality instructors. Students will receive guidance in developing arguments and researching affirmative and negative positions on the criminal justice reform topic. We will produce a wide range of affirmative and negative positions in preparation for the 2021-22 season. We will use online platforms for practice speeches and practice debates to give students the opportunity to advance their debate skills. The University of Kansas provides access to the most advanced online technology resources that will help ensure the highest quality online instruction.


Quality Staff

Students attending the Jayhawk Debate Institute will have the opportunity to learn from the coaching staff and students of the award winning KU debate team as well instructors and topic experts in the area of criminal justice reform. The staff will include experienced teachers with extensive success in high school and college debate. All staff members of the Jayhawk Debate Institute are formally employed by the University for the summer and are required to undergo background checks before being hired by the camp. We will maintain a student-staff ratio of no higher than 8:1.



Unique Opportunities

We are excited about the unique opportunities created by the online camp experience. It will allow us to expand our teaching and lecture staff to include resources outside of Lawrence. It will allow us to remotely provide lectures from debate experts like Dr. Brett Bricker and outside experts in the criminal justice field. It will provide students with experience in online debate formats which will be increasingly valuable in the future as the nature of debate continues to evolve in response to changing circumstances. While we hope to return to our traditional on campus debate experience in future years we are excited about the possibilities created by the online format and will strive to make it a fun learning experience for the participants in this summer’s JDI.


Benefits of the JDI

Quality Staff- Students will have the opportunity to work with a range of staff who are among the foremost debate educators in the country.


Quality Education- Students who have attended the JDI have gone on to win at the highest levels of high school and college debate including both state and national championships.


Argument Diversity-The JDI provides a diverse educational experience preparing students to debate both traditional policy and critical arguments as well as instruction on debating for lay judges. The intent of the camp is to prepare students to succeed at both a regional and national level.


Low Cost- The JDI is committed to keeping the camp as low priced as possible to make it affordable to students. We do not use the camp to fund our debate program but instead run the camp as a service accessible to students. For quality of education per cost the Jayhawk Debate Institute is the best value debate camp in the country.


2021 Online registration for Student Campers


The Jayhawk Debate Institute at the University of Kansas is a premier high school debate camp providing first class instruction at an exceptional value. The JDI offers students of all levels of debate experience the opportunity to further their development through a low student-to-staff ratio and interaction with exceptional faculty. Over the history of the JDI, students attending the camp have garnered strong competitive records at national and regional competitions.

CampanileFraserThe Online Jayhawk Debate Institute will occur this year on the following dates:

  • 2 week camp: June 20 - July 2, 2021
  • 3 week camp: June 20 - July 9, 2021
  • Coaches Workshop: Saturday - July 10, 2021



  Online Fee
2 week $800
3 week $1200
Coaches Workshop Free
  • Pay Tuition Online! Simply follow this link to our pay system to pay with a credit card. We will send you a registration number when we process your application that you should use when you make online payment.. Questions? Email us: if you have any questions.
  • Payment should be made by June 15th
  • Low student-staff ratio: All labs at the institute are guaranteed to have a student-to-staff ratio of no greater than 8:1. Research and work time is supervised by institute staff to facilitate students' progress.
  • Proven Record: Over the past several years, students attending the Jayhawk Debate Institute have returned strong competitive records in national and regional competitions, including NFL Nationals, NCFL Nationals. the TOC, the Debate Coaches Invitational and the Kansas State Tournament.

Registration/Application Information

2 and 3 week camps- May 31, 2021

For ALL 2&3 week campers - We will confirm your acceptance via email within two-weeks of receiving your application.  We will also email you additional camp information at that time. 

  • The Camps - This page provides general on the institute and specific information on the various camps offered by the Jayhawk Debate Institute.

  • The Faculty and Staff - This page provides a list of the probable staff member of the the Jayhawk Debate Institute and biographical information on each member.

  • Frequently Asked Questions -This page hopes to provide you with answers to the many of the common questions received and further information on the campus and transportation options.

Contact Information



Phone: 785-864-9878. Please leave a voice message at this number. 


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