Des Moines Session

July 28 - August 6
Simpson College

Residential - $1,800
Commuter - $800


Events Offered at the Des Moines Session

Public Forum Debate,  Lincoln Douglas Debate
Interpretation (DUO, DI, HI, POI), Oratory, Informative


Our Education Model


We are entering our third year of the Des Moines session and are returning to the ten day model in 2019.  As the only major national institute in the Midwest, Summit Debate brings the best from both coasts to ensure every part of the country has the ability to #ReachForTheSummit.

With the public forum curriculum led by Jeffrey Miller (pictured left) and others who are working at both San Jose and Boston, our curriculum is innovative and challenges students to #ReachForTheSummit.  

At our Iowa session, you will find that our labs are built around skill and experience level.  This guarantees the best learning experience for you at camp.  The tiered curriculum model caters to the needs of every debater.  Each level has its own curriculum coordinator that is a trained High School educator and debate coach.  Despite being only ten days, we will still offer as many debate rounds as the other sessions.

The lincoln douglas curriculum will be led by Lauren Burdt (pictured right) to offer the same experience as the San Jose session.


Our Campus



Students will take advantage of classroom spaces and lecture halls in the McNeill, Carver, and Kent buildings on campus. All spaces for the curriculum are located centrally on campus. A small student to staff ratio enables us to break into small groups to maximize individual attention.


Students reside in the Barker Residence Hall at Simpson College. The dorm rooms have double beds with dressers, desks, and a closet (bring hangers if you would like to hang clothes). Each hallway has a common bathroom, which has private stalls and showers. Rooms come with a linen package that includes: a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, towel, washcloth, and blanket. The entire dorm facility is air-conditioned. The dorm room is secured 24 hours a day. The dorm has full time residential life staff who are dedicated to the supervision, health, and wellness of the students in the program. Additional faculty are assigned supervision during meal times and after the curriculum has completed for the day.

DINING services

Meals are provided daily in Pfeiffer Dining Hall, which is adjacent to the residence hall. Resident students get three meals a day and commuter students get lunch and dinner. The Simpson Dining Services provide a variety of options that are gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. Additional dietary restrictions can be accommodated as well. Students can walk a short distance to get to other dining options. Students who wish to eat off campus must sign out.