Leadership, Debate & Mock Trial Camp

Leadership fun! Relay races, STEM projects, Theater exercises, Team building games
Leadership, Debate & Mock Trial Camp
The Hudson School
601 Park Avenue
Hoboken, NJ
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019 (5 days)
Teachers are usually there 10 minutes before and 15 minutes after.

This camp includes all of our most popular programs: Leadership, Debate and Mock Trial


Presentation - Communication (with individuals and within a group) - Negotiation (individual and multi-party, distributive and integrative) - Delegation - Adaptability - Initiative - Time management - Conflict resolution - Teamwork - Critical thinking - Emotional Intelligence (Empathy) -Mediation - Preparation - Organization

This class will include:
• -Improvisation and other Theatre games
• -Building with Kinex, Legos and other materials
• -Balloon relay races, sack races and obstacle courses
• -Engineering with gumdrops, DIY catapults
• -Fencing (with inflatable lightsabers)
• -Dodgeball (foam balls), Volleyball and other physical activities

Speech and Debate

The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn how to craft and present arguments, opinions and ideas. They will learn the fundamentals of rhetoric and will practice informing, persuading and motivating an audience in a variety of ways. The grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.

Parliamentary Debate
Students will learn to effectively present and defend a persuasive argument using the ARESR method developed by the English Speaking Union. Students will learn to outline, draft, develop and deliver effective arguments and counter arguments. They will learn to refute using the four steps of effective refutation. They will explore what is efficient-and inefficient-in arguments (and counter arguments) and the different methods that popular orators have used throughout the years to sway opinion. We will also address political framing techniques, speaker-audience and speaker-topic commonality, persuasive rhetoric, fallacies in reasoning, persuasive use of evidence and stylistic devices.

Mock Trial
Mock trial is a hands on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, display leadership in a court of law, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association and The Constitutional Rights Foundation.

Exploration and explanation of basic legal concepts, court etiquette and vocabulary
-Criminal vs. civil trial

-Bench vs jury trial

-Prosecution vs defense

-Lay witness vs expert witness

-Presumption of innocence

-Burden of proof

-Reasonable doubt

-Rules of Evidence

-Use of exhibits

-Direct vs circumstantial evidence

-Objections and objectionable material

-Witness impeachment

Case Analysis
-Analysis of statement of charges

-Breakdown of the elements of each charge

-Analyzing the burden of proof

-Outlining the evidence for and against each charge, including: Forensic evidence, eyewitness testimony and statements

-Determining motive or lack of motive

-Determining the opportunity or lack of opportunity to commit the crime

-Analysis of corroboration and/or inconsistencies between witnesses

-Analysis of exhibits

Assignment and analysis of roles in the mock trial
-Pairing witnesses with testimony

-Preparing students for the duties of each role

-Explanation and exploration of the trial process as it relates to each role

Writing and practicing Direct examinations
-Purpose, scope and expectations for each role

-Analysis of proper examination

-Further analysis of witness statements

-Outline of direct examination

-Draft of direct examination

-Analysis and removal of objectionable or extraneous material

-Witness preparation

-Adjustment based on witness preparation

-Timing of direct examinations and further editing if needed

-Responding to objections

Writing and practicing cross examinations
-Purpose, scope and expectation for each role

-Analysis of proper cross examination

-Analysis of anticipated direct examination

-Further analysis of witness statements

-Outline of cross examination

-Draft of cross examination

-Analysis and removal of objectionable, leading or extraneous material

-Witness preparation

-Adjustment based on witness preparation

-Timing of cross examinations and further editing if needed

-Responding to objections

Writing and practicing re-direct examinations
-Purpose, scope and expectation for each role

-Analysis of proper re-direct examination

-Analysis of cross examination as it pertains to re-direct examination

-Determining what needs clarification and/or dismissal

-Analysis of objectionable and/or extraneous material

-Timing of re-direct examination and further editing if necessary

Writing and practicing openings (Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense)
-Purpose, scope, structure and expectations for openings

-Persuasive rhetoric and opening arguments

-Analysis of jury instructions and jury

-Developing and delivering the 'theme' of a case

-Analysis of extraneous or unhelpful information

-Further contemplation of burden of proof and how it pertains to the openings

-Contrasting analysis of defense's opening to the prosecution's opening

-Outline of the opening

-Draft of the opening

-Timing of openings and further editing if necessary

Writing and practicing closings (Prosecution/Plaintiff and defense)
-Purpose, scope, structure and expectations for closings

-Analysis of the charges, evidence, testimony and adjustments that the case may have brought

-Analysis of reasonable doubt

-Persuasive weighing of each argument

-Analysis of what may and may not be referenced in the closing

-Discussion of adaptability and last moment adjustments

-Outline of closings

-Draft of closings

-Timing of closings and additional editing if necessary

Mock trial performance

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Camp Dates
• Students will need to bring their own lunch and snacks. • Camp must have a minimum of 6 Students. If 6 Students are not enrolled, full refunds will be issued for those registered and the camp will be canceled.

$1000 full camp, $240 Drop in for a day
  • A strong Constitution is important!
  • Youth empowerment through debate: Debaters take home the gold.
  • Debate! Learning how to assert oneself and present an argument is an essential life skill