For each friend you refer, get a $20 gift card! (Anyone can refer)

Excel in EastMo

Spend 2 weeks practicing with nationally qualifying alumni and making friends across Eastern Missouri - with a Public Forum curriculum tailored to our district. ​​


July 28 - August 6
9 AM - 3 PM


Online (Zoom)




Kyle Ross (Marquette)

Despite being online because of COVID-19, EMD managed to really remind me of the community spirit of EastMo debate.


Annie Gu (Parkway Central)

EMDebate creates a family. Because the student - instructor ratio is pretty large, you get a lot more 1-on-1 feedback and practice.


Donovon Moore (Ladue)

By having East MO kids run the camp, it's especially catered towards the East MO circuit's judges.

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Ivy Reed (Clayton)

I feel so much more prepared for competition this year, and it really eased some stress I know I would've experience before our first tournament.

What past students have to say:

Learn debate skills....                          ...and life skills

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through lessons, drills, a tournament with September's topic, small mentor groups, Q&As about college + mental health, extemp debates, and more!

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8/5 - 8/6 will be the camp tournament, and students will not meet over the weekend so they have time to research

Sample Day

mentor groups meet daily (1 instructor + 4 students) 

Meet the Founders

After graduating high school in 2018, we realized that we were lucky to have amazing coaches and resources to excel at debate. Neither of us went to any debate camps because they were expensive and not tailored to EastMo. Most of what made debate fun was meeting people from other schools, and we wanted to give back to the community to help others reach their potential and form bonds like we had. So, we decided to make EMDebate, with the core values of affordability, community, and usefulness.


Daniel Cho

Clayton 2018

Dartmouth 2022

  • 2nd Place in PF Independence

  • 1st Place in PF GSL

  • 1st Place in JV CX Naval Academy and Georgetown (Collegiate)


Natasha Goel

Parkway South 2018

UIUC 2022

  • National Qualifier in PF

  • 2nd Place in PF State

  • 3rd Place Overall PF GSL Conference

Public Forum Instructors

All of our instructors have been EMD students in the past, and they loved the community so much they wanted to give back and teach! Since they've gone through camp, they know how to keep students engaged and learning.


Catherine Liao

Ladue 2021

Dartmouth 2025

  • 1st Place in PF GSL

  • NCFL PF Qualifier

  • MSHSAA/NSDA OO Qualifier


Nicole Bi

Parkway Central 2021

UCLA 2025

  • 1st in PF Marquette

  • MSHSAA/NSDA PF Qualifier

  • 1st in Radio GSL


Melody Zhang

Ladue 2021

SLU 2025

  • 2nd Place in PF Parkway West

  • 3rd Place in PF Marquette

  • 1st Place in Congress GSL

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to pay this year?

  • We want to pay our instructors, all of whom are students like you!

  • Last year was free because the camp was switched to an online format last minute to accommodate for Covid-19.

  • This year, lessons were made specifically with the online format in mind + drills and tournament were added

What will I get this summer?

  • Instruction and supervision by the EMDebate staff

  • Extensive opportunity for practice with feedback along the way

  • Head start on the Septober topic

  • Mock tournament experience 

  • Year long access to camp leaders and resources

  • Access to alumni database

Is there financial aid?

  • Yes! If EMDebate is a financial stressor for your family, this will be taken care of.

  • Please reach out through our contact form

  • You can talk to your school's coaches, our EMDebate instructors, or your parents to reach out on your behalf.

  • Please reach out before paying.

Why's EMD better than other camps?

  • Eastern Missouri specific instruction (judge adaptation, explaining evidence to lay judges, etc)

  • Affordable - most camps are $1,000+. We're 1/3 of the price.

  • You get to make friends within EastMo

  • Start the school year with cases + EMD briefs + our help

  • Talk about college, mental health, and anything else!