BOSTON | July 9-23, 2017

DES MOINES | July 28-August 6, 2017

Two Options. Same Success. Reach for the Summit. 



The National Debate Forum (NDF) is the premier institute for Lincoln-Douglas DebatePublic Forum Debate and new this year for our Iowa location Policy Debate.  Founded in 1995, we have over two decades of experience in providing quality instruction to students motivated to excel in debate competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. NDF has a diverse staff to assist students of all backgrounds to be competitively successful, regardless of the region a debater is from, or the style of debate they employ. What’s more, the staff is balanced with recent graduates who were nationally successful and seasoned coaches who have a proven track record of competitive and educational excellence. Central to the NDF experience is individualized instruction, which is possible because of limited enrollment and a low faculty-to-student ratio.


NDF is proud of our track record of success. Alumni of NDF have gone on to win major national invitationals as well as state and district championships. Additionally, NDF alumni have won the Tournament of Champions, National Speech and Debate Association Nationals, and the Grand National Catholic Forensic League Championship. Every year we have students in late elimination rounds and/or finals at tournaments such as Yale, Bronx, Wake Forest, Valley, Glenbrooks, Tournament of Champions, NSDA Emory, Harvard and more!

NDF alumni have been the finalists/champions at Greenhill Round Robin, Greenhill Fall Classic, Bronx Round Robin, Bronx NYC Tournament, Tournament of Champions, NCFL & NSDA Nationals,  Yale, Wake Forest and Valley Mid-America Cup! We look forward to continued champions from NDF throughout the year.


The NDF experience and the PF curriculum is coordinated by and overseen by Steven Schappaugh, Director of Community Engagement at the National Speech and Debate Association. The Lincoln Douglas Debate curriculum is coordinated by Tilman Huett.  Additionally we will have a new Novice/JV Policy camp at our Des Moines location at Simpson College, under the direction of Megan Johnson, Travis Henderson and Chase McCool. These individuals have more than 25 years of combined summer debate institute experience.


At NDF students will be exposed to a meticulously crafted and dynamic curriculum that meets the needs of students at all skill levels.  Students will be taught by dedicated educators and former competitors to ensure attendees maximize learning opportunities.  The curriculum, schedule, staff, and plans for maximizing the most out of each student is reevaluated each year, taking into account coach, faculty, and student feedback, and tweaked to guarantee that we provide the best experience possible.  Through a commitment to individualized student attention and differentiated instruction, NDF has delivered on its promise since 1995. Make your summer an NDF summer!