Topics: Persuasive/Informative, Public DebateAt an age where students first develop an affinity for pursuits beyond reading and writing, this camp offers an unmatched way for young students to learn to engage with each other and communicate in front of an audience. Initiating critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and writing skills in elementary grades, students solidifies the foundation on which they can flourish, both academically and socially. The camp is packed with fun and interactive activities for public speaking and writing. The focus will be on persuasive and informative formats of speech. Students write their own speeches, put together presentation aids, and present their speeches. They will learn to be a confident speaker, captivate audiences, control speaking anxiety, vocal variety, and to use non-verbal communication techniques. Students will be able to tell their own stories by applying the how-to-writing tips they learn through age-appropriate literary and stylistic devices, sensory descriptions, and by use of power verbs. Camp will help students fall in love with the writing process and help develop the discipline required for writing.During debate, the students will learn the fundamentals of debating using the public debate format. They will practice debates on topics that are more accessible to the typical elementary and middle school students. Instructors are supported by high achiever high school and college students for more individualization. NOTE: Students need to bring a nut-free snack, nut-free lunch and water bottle daily.