NDI is a labor of love. Driven by a love of debate, education, and people, NDI Director Fred Robertson founded NDI in 2004. The camp started small, offering only LD in 2004. In 2005, NDI began to offer a Policy camp. 2006 marked the first year of the NDI Public Forum camp. From there, our camp has grown exponentially in enrollment and diversity of student body. NDI is a destination camp for debaters throughout the Midwest and frequently attracts students from all across the United States.
With expanding interest and competitiveness in the Nebraska Congressional Debate field, NDI is tentatively opening a portion of our camp to Congress. Once we have 8 students registered for congress, we will lock in the event. With a shorter timeframe and value pricing, we hope to see this opportunity thrive.
NDI is the single best debate camp bargain in the country. Boasting an incredible staff for an affordable price, NDI is bar none the best camp in its price range and one of the best camps in the entire country.
NDI has an incredible record of producing debaters with outstanding achievements:
Policy: Former NDI students have consistently performed well at local, regional, and national level competitions because we teach all styles of policy debate and have the staff to do so. We focus on developing high level skills by having as many critiqued practice rounds as possible for our students and have had a number of competitors who, after attending NDI, have gone on to success at NSDA Nationals and at state and regional level tournaments throughout the nation.
LD: We have produced nearly every state champion and the vast majority of NFL qualifiers from Nebraska for the past 10 years. NDI is known as a camp that gives debaters who are moving from novice to varsity exactly the kind of experience they need to make that transition. We also will meet the needs of students who intend to debate on the national circuit, since the entire staff has experience competing or coaching at that level. Grant Brown is one student who attended NDI after his 9th grade year and went on to qualify for the TOC in both his sophomore and current junior year. At the recently completed 2016 Tournament of Champions, Grant was a quarterfinalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate and is now auto qualified for a return trip in 2017.
PF: NDI has produced multiple top-20 teams at NFL Nationals, numerous Tournament of Champions qualifiers, and state champions in both Iowa and Nebraska. Public Forum debaters who have attended NDI in 2014 through 2017 have earned qualification for the Tournament of Champions every year and include Millard North students Joe Howard and Renee Wehrle (4 bids) and Jason Selvaraj and Josie Slovut. From Madison West in Wisconsin, Ben Brazelton and Anand Raman (2015 NDI alums) earned 4 TOC bids and broke to octafinals at this year's TOC.
This year's NDI will be hosted at Millard South High School-- one of the finest facilities in the region. We have always provided great food and quality snacks. Ask anyone who has been to NDI; the food is the best of any debate camp in the country, and all food, water, pop, snacks while you are at camp are provided at no extra cost. As always, our food prep is aided by Fred Robertson, who is known to make world class taco salad.
Our staff is one of the most experienced and accomplished staffs in the country. Our staff members have led their own teams to great accomplishments, including but not limited to national champions, state champions, TOC qualifiers, TOC champions, NFL quarter-finalists, and NFL semi-finalists.
At NDI, you will get what you come for: an outstanding opportunity to grow and develop debate skills with in-depth lectures and labs led by some of the best and brightest in the region and the country. Coming to NDI means you will improve. Coming to NDI means you have made a great investment in your debate career, a great investment in your future.
We have always hired plenty of staff for all debate events and keep the overall student/staff ratio at under 4/1. Students get individualized instruction at NDI.
If you are going to register for NDI and need to be housed in Omaha while at camp, please register and pay as soon as possible. June 30 is the absolute deadline for registering for NDI if you are requesting housing.
The NDI 2018 Lincoln-Douglas debate topic: Will be announced soon!
The NDI 2018 Public Forum camp topic: Will be announced soon!