George Mason Debate Institute

George Mason Debate Institute The George Mason Debate Institute is the largest summer debate camp in the state of Virginia. We offer classes for all levels and styles of debate.
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The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp. Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater. We are proud of our ability to tailor our instruction to the needs to individual participants once assessments are done; tailored instruction is indeed a unique institute approach. The camp has a focus on debate as an educational & communicative activity which offers a one of a kind learning experience. As part of our unique educational approach participants will get to hear from topic experts on important public policy issues, our guest speaker series is certainly the most unique feature of our camp. The George Mason Debate Institute offers opportunities for beginning through experienced debaters. We offer Varsity Policy, Novice Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum styles of debate. There is also a Middle School lab for younger campers that are new to debate and a coaches clinic for coaches hoping to spend the summer fine tuning their skills. Our tailored instruction allows us to design an experience that targets the needs of all participants. The George Mason Debate Institute is open to high school as well as middle school students. We offer one week, two week, and four week options for residents and commuters. We are happy to announce THREE new labs this summer! We welcome you to join our 4-week Scholars Policy Lab, 2-week K Lab, and 2-week Congress Lab! Our residential option includes tuition, room in double occupancy air-conditioned dormitories, meals, the opportunity to engage in extra practice, including our special one-on-one evening sessions, and social gatherings. The commuter cost includes tuition, lunch each day, and time applicable social activities. Some social activities we've offered (as applicable by camp option selection): July 4th cook-out, D.C. Museum Trips, Pizza Party, trivia night, game nights, Saturday & Sunday evening free-time. Participants choose the option that is best for them: 1 Week Policy or Lincoln-Douglas Commuter: June 26 - July 2, 2017* 1 Week Public Forum, Congress, or Middle School Commuter: July 10 - July 16, 2017* 1 Week Policy or Lincoln-Douglas Resident: June 25 - July 2, 2017 1 Week Public Forum, Congress, or Middle School Resident: July 9 - July 16, 2017 2 Week Policy or Lincoln-Douglas Commuter: June 26 - July 9, 2017* 2 Week Public Forum, Congress, or Middle School Commuter: July 10 - July 22, 2017* 2 Week Policy or Lincoln-Douglas Resident: June 25 - July 9, 2017 2 Week Public Forum, Congress, or Middle School Resident: July 9 - July 23, 2017 4 Week Policy Scholars Commuter: June 26 - July 22, 2017* 4 Week Policy Scholars Resident: June 25 - July 23, 2017

Operating as usual

The George Mason Debate Institute had an incredibly successful beta test this week, and is very grateful to the students...
06/11/2020
Welcome to the George Mason Debate Institute

The George Mason Debate Institute had an incredibly successful beta test this week, and is very grateful to the students who participated! As a reminder, we are in the last couple weeks of registration. Apply now on our website! www.georgemasondebate.com

We wanted to share a few of the responses from the students who participated in the Beta Test:

"The quality of instruction was very good!! Both Jackie and Hannah were very nice. I found the lectures very beneficial and easy to understand. The drills were also very fun and I took some new skills with me. The day was great!! I appreciate the breaks, and how they were not all the same length. I found the lectures easy to follow along, and I enjoyed the drills. I found it very beneficial!! Thank you for the opportunity :)"

"I thought both instructors did a really nice job and created a positive and inclusive atmosphere. I thought it was awesome and really fun!"

"It was great! I really got a lot out of the instruction about topic background knowledge, because i felt like there were a lot of things addressed that i just wouldn't have thought of."

"The day went really well, and I enjoyed it. Everything went super smoothly and successfully!"

"The lectures were really good and super informative"

"I had fun! The lectures were very well structured and easy to understand. I learned a lot without being too confused."

George Mason Debate Institute Online Dates: July 6-July 18 Debate Youth Day Camp: August 3-8

The George Mason Debate Institute is in their final month of enrollment and would love to see you at GMDI Online this su...
05/28/2020
Welcome to the George Mason Debate Institute

The George Mason Debate Institute is in their final month of enrollment and would love to see you at GMDI Online this summer!

We are prioritizing making online debate camp as economically feasible as possible, but while still prioritizing high quality instruction.

Check out our website at www.georgemasondebate.com

George Mason Debate Institute Online Dates: July 6-July 18 Debate Youth Day Camp: August 3-8

Due to COVID-19 and its implications to in-person group meetings, we have decided to transition this summer's two week i...
04/08/2020
Welcome to the George Mason Debate Institute

Due to COVID-19 and its implications to in-person group meetings, we have decided to transition this summer's two week institute to an online platform.

As a result of this transition, we are drastically reducing costs in an effort to continue accommodating students from all economic backgrounds. Cost for our two week camp from July 5th-July 18th will be $595.

Mason has always prided itself on providing quality teaching at an affordable price, and we are excited to continue that online this summer.

Check out our website for more info at www.georgemasondebate.com

George Mason Debate Institute Online Dates: July 5-July 19 Debate Youth Day Camp: August 3-8

GMDI is so proud of our several alums who have made it onto the top 25 of the Coaches Poll!
01/26/2020

GMDI is so proud of our several alums who have made it onto the top 25 of the Coaches Poll!

11/09/2019
National Speech & Debate Association

National Speech & Debate Association

"Schools with speech and debate programs report better attendance, higher test scores, and improved college acceptance rates."

Don't just take our word for it -- hear it from Bradley Whitford!

Group photo!
07/15/2019

Group photo!

Had a great group this year! We will be uploading photos throughout this week. If you have any that you would like added...
07/15/2019

Had a great group this year! We will be uploading photos throughout this week. If you have any that you would like added to the album feel free to send them!

Had a great group this year! We will be uploading photos throughout this week. If you have any that you would like added to the album feel free to send them!

07/15/2019

We were sad to see all our campers leave yesterday, but so happy to witness the growth they each had over the past two weeks! GMDI was a blast this year, and the students really put all their effort into learning and practicing. Congratulations to all of our campers for a wonderful two weeks of debating!!

Pictures to come :)

The Varsity PF lab is hard at work! Here is an action shot and one for comedy relief #humanknot
07/01/2019

The Varsity PF lab is hard at work! Here is an action shot and one for comedy relief #humanknot

The GMDI two week camp began classes today! Already off to doing speaking drills in lab. Photo credit: Charles and Corin...
07/01/2019

The GMDI two week camp began classes today! Already off to doing speaking drills in lab. Photo credit: Charles and Corinne’s K lab

We are finishing up the last day of our elementary and middle school debate one week camp! Had a great time with these 5...
06/29/2019

We are finishing up the last day of our elementary and middle school debate one week camp! Had a great time with these 50 super smart kids!

The faculty for the 2019 George Mason Debate Insitute has been finalized. We are excited to announce the return of our V...
02/25/2019
Welcome to the George Mason Debate Institute

The faculty for the 2019 George Mason Debate Insitute has been finalized. We are excited to announce the return of our Varsity Policy K Lab led by Corinne Sugino and Charles Athanasopoulos! Our full staff, along with dates, application for this summer, and other important information can be found on our newly renovated website: https://georgemasondebate.com/

We look forward to seeing you in Fairfax this summer!

George Mason Debate Institute Dates: June 30-July 14 Debate Youth Day Camp Dates: June 24-June 29

Applications are open for the 2019 George Mason Debate Institute! Staff to be announced shortly. We have some great thin...
02/08/2019
Welcome to the George Mason Debate Institute

Applications are open for the 2019 George Mason Debate Institute! Staff to be announced shortly. We have some great things in store that we can't wait to share with you!!! For now, we are happy to announce that we have LOWERED our prices!

www.georgemasondebate.com

George Mason Debate Institute Dates: June 30-July 14 Debate Youth Day Camp Dates: June 24-June 29

In lab memories!
09/05/2018

In lab memories!

George Mason Debate Day Camp - we hope our elementary and middle school debaters are using what they learned this summer...
09/05/2018

George Mason Debate Day Camp - we hope our elementary and middle school debaters are using what they learned this summer to excel in school and debate club this year!

As Mason Debate is ending their pre-season, we wanted to say how much we miss our camp debaters from this summer and sha...
09/05/2018

As Mason Debate is ending their pre-season, we wanted to say how much we miss our camp debaters from this summer and share some of our favorite memories! Good luck to you all at the start of your debate seasons!!!

We are accepting applications for the 2018 GMDI! Go to our website to apply today!
02/12/2018
GMDI 2018 Information

We are accepting applications for the 2018 GMDI! Go to our website to apply today!

​Why the George Mason Debate Institute?The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp. Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater. We are proud of our ability to tailo.....

07/08/2017

The campers explored DC yesterday!

GMDI 2017
07/05/2017

GMDI 2017

The campers had fun with sparklers after a day filled with board games, sports, and water balloons!
07/05/2017

The campers had fun with sparklers after a day filled with board games, sports, and water balloons!

GMDI 2017
06/30/2017

GMDI 2017

06/29/2017

Labs are running smoothly week one of #GMDI2017

06/15/2017
Impact America

Congratulations to our former Public Forum Scholars debater, Delanya Storey on being accepted into Harvard on a full ride scholarship for this Fall!

Two Birmingham SpeakFirst Debaters Earn Full Scholarships to Harvard and Alabama

Learn about two graduates who earned $330,000 in college scholarships: http://tinyurl.com/SpeakFirst2017

05/28/2017

If you're at CFLs, make sure you get your free bumper sticker and water bottle from us before you leave tomorrow! #GMDI2017

05/19/2017

Make sure to follow our new Instagram @GeorgeMasonDebateInstitute and Twitter @GMDInstitute accounts! Use the hashtag #GMDI2017 and share posts to show your excitement for this summer!

The registration deadline for the George Mason Debate Institute is June 1! Check out our website for more information an...
05/14/2017

The registration deadline for the George Mason Debate Institute is June 1!

Check out our website for more information and to apply! You don't want to miss out on this experience and these prices!

http://www.georgemasondebate.com/welcome-.html

02/28/2017
National Speech & Debate Association

Debate changes lives!

National Speech and Debate Education Day is next week (March 3rd)! Bradley Whitford is excited, are you? #TransformingTomorrow

02/26/2017

Congrats to Broad Run Debate & Speech Team and the Oakton Debate Team for their amazing performance at the UVA tournament. We are so proud of our former GMDI students for their success!

Congratulations to one of our novice debaters, Anne Harris, for an amazing article publication on the Turkish economy! W...
10/12/2016
From Foreign Trade to Clean Energy: Turkey’s Business, Innovation, and Growth Strategies - Diplomatic Courier

Congratulations to one of our novice debaters, Anne Harris, for an amazing article publication on the Turkish economy! We're so proud!

http://www.diplomaticourier.com/foreign-trade-clean-energy-turkeys-business-innovation-growth-strategies/

The Turkish economy has been praised in recent months for its resilience in the aftermath of July’s coup attempt. While it was understood there would be some fiscal impacts following the attempt, few could have predicted the Turkish economy’s speedy recovery time. In the week following the event, th...

08/01/2016

July 4th pics

GMDI 2016
08/01/2016

GMDI 2016

GMDI 2016
08/01/2016

GMDI 2016

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4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA
22030

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:30 - 17:00

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The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp. Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater. We are proud of our ability to tailor our instruction to the needs to individual participants once assessments are done; tailored instruction is indeed a unique institute approach. The camp has a focus on debate as an educational & communicative activity which offers a one of a kind learning experience. As part of our unique educational approach participants will get to hear from topic experts on important public policy issues, our guest speaker series is certainly the most unique feature of our camp. The George Mason Debate Institute offers opportunities for beginning through experienced debaters. We offer Varsity Policy, Novice Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, and Public Forum styles of debate. There is also a Middle School lab for younger campers that are new to debate and a coaches clinic for coaches hoping to spend the summer fine tuning their skills. Our tailored instruction allows us to design an experience that targets the needs of all participants. The George Mason Debate Institute is open to high school as well as middle and elementary school students.

Prices, application, and other information about GMDI 2018 can be found on our website:

http://www.georgemasondebate.com/debate-camp2.html We offer one week and two week options for residents and commuters. We are happy to announce the addition of Elementary school labs this summer! Our residential option includes tuition, room in double occupancy air-conditioned dormitories, meals, the opportunity to engage in extra practice, including our special one-on-one evening sessions, and social gatherings. The commuter cost includes tuition, lunch each day (not applicable for the Elementary/Middle School camp), and time applicable social activities. Some social activities we've offered (as applicable by camp option selection): July 4th cook-out, D.C. Museum Trips, Pizza Party, trivia night, game nights, Saturday & Sunday evening free-time. Participants choose the option that is best for them:

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