- Lots of Fun. All of our speaking activities and debate games are designed to be engaging, active, and fun for the students. This will not feel like school to your child.
- All our programs have a 6:1 student to teacher ratio. We tailor lesson plans and activities around every student, to make sure the content fits their personality and needs. Our teachers really get to know your child and get to know their learning style.
- Outdoor time – we take breaks to play capture the flag, soccer, volleyball, and other fun field games. During free time and breaks, we’ll go outside to play capture the flag, soccer, and other fun field games to get our students some exercise and a nice break.
- One-on-one writing conferences. Instructors work with students individually on their cases, focused on properly integrating evidence, explaining the logic of arguments clearly, and improving word economy.
- Track Record of Success. Lumos students have gone on to win dozens of debate awards, including awards at major national tournaments like the Yale Invitational, UPenn Invitational, Harvard Invitational, and Columbia Invitational.
Your child will leave camp with…
- Increased confidence in their ideas and speaking ability. The key to public speaking confidence is practice and at Lumos, students will give dozens of impromptu and prepared speeches throughout the two weeks. Again and again, parents tell us that they can see the change in their child from the first day to the last.
- Mastery of basic argumentation principles. Students will understand how to construct an argument in the claim-warrant-impact format, how to use evidence to support that argument, and how to attack an opponent’s argument.
- Familiarity with the different speeches in a debate round. These include prepared speeches, impromptu speeches, limited prep time speeches, and the cross examination sections of the debate rounds.
- Familiarity with a current events topic. All students will prepare research and write 600 word cases on a current events topic (e.g. “Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear energy”, or “The US ought to increase military funding in response to ISIS”, or “On net, social media is more harmful than it is beneficial”).
- Daily updates with a daily summary and pictures from the day. See an example here.
- Video highlights of your child’s debate tournament. See an example here.
“The girls were a little nervous about it feeling too much like school. But they came home reporting it was perfectly balanced. Not only did they have a lot of individual time with their instructors to work on their arguments, or their writing, or their research, but they also had time goofing off with their instructors running around to play tag or capture the flag… They just felt so welcomed by their instructors. They came home so motivated to tell me about what a warrant is and a claim and logic and supporting their arguments, finding evidence. The kids came home happy every single day.” —Caroline W.
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