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2 hours ago, doublebind said:


So I'm going to be a rising junior next year, and it will be my 3rd season in Policy Debate. A few things have happened over the years. I started off novice year with no experience but was one of the top 5 teams in my circuit. At the end of the season, my partner decided it was a good idea to leave the country for the whole summer, which resulted in both us of not attending camp. Not attending camp really screwed us over, as we went from the top 5 to only breaking at two tournaments this year. With the disappointment of this year, my partner has decided that he/she cannot keep debating, and has decided to drop debate next year. My new partner will most likely be one of our top novices, and he/she has already signed up for camp.

Here's my problem. My Mom won't let me go to camp. I have talked/argued with her many times, and have failed to convince her. She isn't giving me good enough reasons as to why I can't go. She is also recommending that I also drop debate, as it will not be useful in the future.

I really need to go to camp, as it's my junior year, and I have a new partner. Any suggestions would be super helpful!

Talk to your coach, 

Your coach might help you with the money part if thats it. If its that your mom is being stubborn, again talk to your coach because your coach has probably been in this situatuon before. As for outside sources that help your cause







Also Email College coaches if its a college camp your thinking abou attending because they again can probably help and most of the time are willing to help and definately have been there done that. Also, you dont have to go to camp as I'll DM you some places to get the evidence from camps. If your parents dont/wont let you go to debate camp, you can also just meet with coaches/other students and even your partner once he/she gets done from debate camp! You can find a lot of the things that help you in terms of speaking online and about the only thing you cant do is the seminars (if youve never been to debate camp before its the most boring part). 

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There's always the Digital Debate Camp, which tends to be really helpful in situations like yours. 

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