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General Learning Objectives (for all weeks):

Critical thinking, communication skills, research strategies, collaboration, delivery skills.


Junior Speakers Camp

Full Day:  (9:00-4:00)  $385.00

Half Day: (9:00-1:00) OR (12:00-4:00) $220.00

Summer Workshops

9:00-12:00 OR 1:00-4:00  $220


Week 1 6/17-6/21: Roller Coasters and Rising Costs: The Business of Theme Parks (Ages 8-11)

Description: With the increasing cost of theme parks, it is important to explore their effect on the economy. In this class, students will venture into the world of theme parks and how they relate to the economy. Students will engage in collaborative discussions about rising ticket prices and how that affects accessibility to theme parks. Students will also learn about how businesses like theme parks influence the local economy. Using this knowledge, students will design a theme park using art supplies based on a certain theme. Students will present a short speech about their theme park and what it’s business model would look like. For example, if they chose to charge high prices for tickets they would need to justify that decision. Students can also choose to have a “social good” element to their theme park such as partial ticket sale funds being donated to a particular group or partnering with a charity.


Week 2 6/24-6/28: Sharing is Caring: Humanitarian Aid (Ages 8-11)

Description: Sometimes we get so caught in our everyday struggles that we forget what it’s like to be truly disenfranchised. Many people in this world wake up every day hungry or fearing for their safety, whereas we might take these things for granted. During this week’s camp, students will examine the importance of Humanitarian Aid groups like the Red Cross & Doctors Without Borders and the role they play in helping the world’s less fortunate. For this week’s project, students will select a Humanitarian Aid group they admire and a Humanitarian Crisis they feel deserves national attention. Students will study these crises in depth and identify the best way to alleviate the effects of the issue. For the final presentation, students will present their plan and request “donations” from the audience.


Week 3 7/8-7/12: Spontaneous Argumentation Workshop (Ages 11-14)

7/8-7/10 (9:00-12:00)

Debate is a highly specialized skill, but SpAr Debate is a great place to start the critical thinking journey. SpAr is considered to be both a speech and debate event. In SpAr debate, evidence is not required, as topics mainly require common sense and critical thinking. Active listening, persuasiveness and delivery skills are also key components of this style of debate.


Advocacy & Social Issues Workshop (Ages 14-17)

7/10-7/12 (1:00-4:00)

Whether we realize it or not, social issues affect the immediate world around us. The purpose of this workshop is for students to become aware of these social issues that affect their community and learn about the importance of advocacy. For their main project, students will choose a local nonprofit that represents a cause that the students feel passionate about and create an advertising campaign for them. Students will roleplay as a member of the nonprofit of their choosing and will develop various advertising materials for their campaign.


Week 4: 7/15-7/19: Global Citizenship: Treaties, Alliances and the U.N.

                                                           (Ages 8-11)

Description: No country is truly independent, and in the age of globalization it’s important to understand how countries work together for their mutual benefit. During this week’s camp, students will analyze the relationships that the U.S. has with other countries and identify what those relationships are based on. Using this information, students will prepare for and engage in a mock U.N. Security Council Meeting to discuss their assigned country’s viewpoints on the following relevant global issues: Addressing Marine Plastic Litter and Microplastics, Improving Frameworks for the Supply of Food Aid and Strengthening Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance. At the end of the meeting, each country’s diplomats will sign off on a new resolution that commits all countries on the council to work toward improving the issues they discussed.


Week 5 7/22-7/26: From Mario Kart to Minecraft: The Vision of Video Games (Ages 8-11)

Description: Video games have come a long way since the days of Tetris and Pong. Today’s games have can have complex storylines and realistic graphics. Some video games are even designed to teach children new skills. In this class, students will learn about the work that goes into their favorite video games. Basic information on game design will be provided in an accessible and fun way. Students will get to create their own mock of a game in which they can create their own plot and characters. Using art supplies, students will create one scene from the game to use as a visual aid for their marketing campaign. The project will conclude with students putting together a short pitch to encourage others to purchase their game. The other students will roleplay as investors and vote on which video games they liked the best. Students will learn valuable presentation skills and will engage in critical thinking as they come up with innovative ideas for games and marketing techniques.


Week 6 7/29-8/2: Fibs & Falsehoods: Fallacies Workshop (Ages 11-14)

7/29-7/31 (9:00-12:00)

Fallacies, what are they? How are they used? Why do they matter? This class teaches students to identify flaws in logic so that they are more aware when they come in contact with them. In this class, students will develop critical thinking skills when evaluating advertisements, commercials and other types of media. This class includes learning about some of the common fallacies, analyzing media to learn how to find fallacies, and working as a group to create a media campaign based on fallacies.




Week 6: Shark Tank Inventions Workshop (Ages 14-17)

7/31-8/2 (1:00-4:00)

Whether students want to be entrepreneurs or doctors, the ability to market what one has to offer is an important skill for them to have. The main project for this workshop is for students to flex their creative muscles and come up with innovative new inventions. Similar to the television show Shark Tank, students are not only expected to come up with a unique invention, but they must also be able to market it to the “sharks” also known as investors. Throughout the class, students will learn how to effectively market their product based on identified target audiences.


Week 7 8/5-8/9: What it takes to be the President: Political Campaigns

                                                   (Ages 8-11)

Description: Whether we like it or not, politics affect our everyday life especially during election season. No matter where you stand on the issues at hand, you may not think about what goes on behind the scenes of these intense political races. During this week’s camp, students will study the elements of political campaigns and recognize how much work truly goes into running for office. Using the strategies they learn, students will design a platform for a made-up candidate based on the issues the students think are important in today’s world. Students must complete several elements of a presidential campaign including a speech, advertisements and a even a debate! At the end of the presentations, there will be an election. The winning candidate’s team will receive a prize!






Week 8 8/12-8/16: Ted Talks Workshop (Ages 11-14)

8/12-8/14 (9:00-12:00)

As communication styles change, a more casual style of speech presentations has come to the forefront: Ted Talks. In this class, students will explore the nature of TED Talks, both by analyzing them and by writing their very own TED-style speeches. Through understanding the reasoning behind why TED Talks are so successful, students learn how to apply those techniques to their own speeches and presentations.


Week 8: Negotiation & Peacemaking Workshop (Ages 14-17)

8/14-8/16 (1:00-4:00)

Whether it be at home, at school or among their friends, students deal with varying opinions that lead to conflict on a daily basis. Rather than escalating the conflict, this class will teach students basic mediation skills to encourage active listening and compromise. The purpose of this workshop is to teach students how to facilitate consensus and cooperation between disagreeable parties. As the major activity for this class, students will participate in mock mediations to practice their problem-solving skills. After this workshop, students should be armed with the skills to resolve their own minor conflicts and conflicts with others.