By the very act of arguing, you awake a person’s reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?
— C.S. Lewis

A THREE-REASON SPEECH DELIVERED BY A FIRST-TIME CAMPER ON THE LAST DAY OF CAMP IN 2013

 

Why coming to Debate Camp was one of the best decisions I have ever made:

1) It was really fun!

2) I learned a lot.

3) I got more comfortable speaking in front of people.

Back to my first point: it was really fun.  I came into this camp thinking I wasn't going to have any fun and I would just have to debate all day long.  However, I quickly found out that we also had time to play games and mess around.  I also learned that debating is actually a lot of fun!  Who knew?!

OK, now to my second point:  I learned so much.  I went to camp this week thinking I would be the dud of the family, seeing how practically all of my siblings had won the state debate, but when I got here, Ann and all the PAs helped me find my inner debater.

Now, to my third point:  I got much more comfortable speaking in front of people.  At the beginning of camp, when I stood up to say something, I would speak really quietly and lack confidence. But, now, here I am!  This camp has really helped me become more courageous when it comes to expressing my opinions.

So, to wrap things up, coming to debate camp was one of the best decisions I ever made for three reasons:

1) It was so much fun!

2) I learned a lot and

3) I got more comfortable speaking in front of people.

For these reasons and many more, coming to debate camp this week was one of the best decisions I have ever made!  Thank you!