The Boston-Iowa Intensive

The ONLY Four Week Public Forum Institute in the Country


What makes this experience Intensive?


Practice Debates

Each debater that goes through the Iowa Intensive program will be guaranteed FIFTY rounds judged by our Summit Debate staff.

Intensive Instruction

No matter what lab placement the student receives in Boston, EVERY Iowa Intensive student will be in a lab led by the Public Forum Curriculum Director Jeffrey Miller.




Unlike other institutes, the Iowa Intensive guarantees debates on the other potential 2018-2019 Public Forum Topic Areas.  During the fourth week of the Intensive, debaters will receive a topic area lecture AND will debate three different resolutions under each topic area!

Travel Arrangements

Students who participate in The Boston-Iowa Intensive should purchase round trip shuttle transportation for each camp and if they are interested in being part of a group ticket for the flight from BOS to DSM (one way only) they should check off a box in the application.  This option is available until May 1st to be able to request the one way ticket, which Summit Debate would purchase (non refundable) and the cost would be billed to the final invoice on May 2, 2018.   Students who sign up for the intensive after May 1st or who do not request Summit to purchase their ticket would be responsible for their own travel.  

Summit will only assist, upon request of the family, with travel between BOS and DSM.  Travel to BOS and Travel from DSM should be arranged by the family and the flight from BOS to DSM is the financial responsibility of the family, but Summit is offering to help make the reservation/purchase the ticket so that the students have an option to fly together, supervised by a staff member.  

Daily Schedule

Week 1 & 2 (Boston):

7:30-8:45 - Breakfast
9:00-10:30 - Lab
10:30-11:30 - Lecture
11:30-1:00 - Lunch
1:00-3:45 - Lab
4:00-5:00 - Lecture / Office Hours
5:00-7:00 - Dinner
7:00-9:00 - Practice Debate

Week 3 (Iowa):

9:00-10:15am - Lecture
10:15am-11:30am - Office Hours
11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm - Practice Debate
3:15pm-5:30pm - Lab
5:30pm-7:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm-9:00pm - Practice Debate

Week 4 (Iowa):

9:00-9:45am - Topic Area  Lecture
9:45am-11:30am - Topic Debate # 1
11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm - Topic Debate # 2
3:15pm-5:30pm - Lab
5:30pm-7:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm-9:00pm - Topic Debate # 3

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