Ethos Chicago:


What’s happening in Chicago?

This summer, Ethos is kickstarting both NCFCA Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas in Chicago. We’re working with both experienced and novice debaters. It doesn’t matter if you’re a lingual maestro or know nothing: there’s something for everybody! Plus, we have a special gift for our first five registrants. Here’s what you need to know:


August 7th-11th


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


We’ll be working with Team Policy and Lincoln Douglas debaters of all experience levels. Whether novice or national-class, Ethos will work with you. We’ll be focusing on examples from both the NCFCA TP and LD resolutions.


Emily Rose:

Emily weaves the classical threads of ancient philosophy into all of her coaching. Her focus is never the “tricks of debate”, but rather the “why debate”, followed by “how to debate”. Her philosophy holds that technique is secondary to logic and “the deeper why”. Students use technique as a shortcut to success, but Emily recognizes that success is a longer road with a deeper foundation. She will coach your thinking before your counterplan theory. Although she’ll be ecstatic to coach your counterplan theory too.


  • 2015 Regional Extemp Champion
  • 2015 NCFCA Nationals 2nd Place Team Policy Speaker
  • Emily’s students this year:
    • Second-year team went from never advancing to qualifying to NITOC
      Second-year LDer qualified to NCFCA Nationals and received second at a National Open
      Third-year TP students went from barely advancing to second in their region
      Third-year debater won multiple tournaments and qualified to NITOC
      Novice LD debater became second in her region
      Started and coached novice LD club from no debate knowledge to finals in their region

Joel Erickson:

Joel is an experienced teacher and a veteran writer. He approaches debate from an eternal perspective, recognizing the art of argumentation to be an avenue for glorifying God with one’s mind, sharing truth with judges, and honing one’s communication skills to “give an answer to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope you have… with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).


  • Tournament champion in speech, LD, parliamentary, and mock trial
  • 2016 Double Octafinalist at NCFCA Nationals
  • Semifinalist at two 2016 NCFCA National Opens
  • Broke to finals at his second tournament ever
  • Joel’s Students this year:
    • Second-year LD debater moved from moderately successful to two-time tournament champion
      Second-year LD debater moved from never advancing to elimination rounds to advancing to finals
      Second-year LD debater moved from advancing once to advancing regularly to quarterfinals
      LD novice moved from mediocre to regularly advancing deep into elimination rounds
      LD novice moved from not advancing to elimination rounds to advancing to quarterfinals
      Team Policy debater moved from hating LD to advancing to quarterfinals

Drew Magness:

Dr. Stephen Covey’s 5th habit of highly effective people is, “Seek to understand and then to be understood.” That should be the core principle behind every speech you deliver and argument you create. Drew emphasizes empathy in his coaching. Empathize with your audience. Empathize with your opponent. Empathize with your partner. Empathize with the philosopher you’re quoting. When Drew works with students, he works to achieve depth in understanding which leads to greater empathy. Persuasion is the movement of an audience. Once you’ve empathized with your audience, they’re much more likely to move.


  • 2016-2017: Ranked 6th in the nation overall
  • 2016-2017: Ranked 6th in the nation in LD Debate
  • 2016-2017: Ranked 3rd nationally in Original Oratory
  • Appeared on 5 debate finals stages in the 2016-2017 season
  • Holds 25 first place titles in speech and debate
  • Placed in the top 3 on 50 separate occasions

Jared Neikirk:

You can learn to persuade people and win lots of awards, but without a firm foundation of truth, all of that is meaningless. Persuasion is a powerful tool that can be used for good or evil. The habits you create in debate will stick with you, which is why Jared thinks it’s so important to cultivate good intellectual habits now to take with you throughout your life. He believes that academic debate is not an end in itself, but a means for gaining real-world skills and becoming a lifelong learner. In an age full of soundbites and 3-minute video clips, he hopes to get you past surface-level mediocrity and plunge you to excellence found at depth. Only when you research well and think deeply can you find the truth. And only when you find the truth should you use the powerful responsibility of persuasion to move an audience.


2014 – NCFCA Region VIII TP Champion

2014 – Qualified to NCFCA Nationals in LD, TP, Extemp, and Apologetics


The Orchard in Arlington Heights
1330 N Douglas Ave
Arlington Heights, IL 60004


BYOL. Go ahead and pack a sack lunch or gather some friends and order pizza!

Why would I come to Chicago?

We believe that excellence doesn’t come through shortcuts and winning the talent lottery. Rather, excellence is fostered and grown through constant effort and discipline. If you’re interested in obtaining the tools necessary to foster excellence, then come on down.

How do I sign up?

Pricing and Registration:

Earlybird student pricing (sign up before July 1!) is $225 per ticket with $20 discount for each subsequent sibling. After July 1, student pricing is $299 per ticket. However, we offer a plethora of discounts:

Sibling: $20 off for every subsequent sibling. Just select the sibling option below and click whichever option is best for you. Social Media: $15 off if you post a link to the camp page with a quick advertisement on Facebook and/or Instagram. Send us an email with a screenshot to verify. Email: $15 for sending an email to 5+ people advertising our camps (cc: on the email so we can verify) Referral: $45 off if someone signs up and mentions that you referred them. If you’ve already signed up before you refer people, we will discount the money. We limit to one referral so you don’t twist the system and make us owe YOU money 😉 On all these discounts excluding sibling, pay full price below and then email with a list of discounts so we can verify them and refund you the amount.

Earlybird Camp Ticket
Student Name(s)/Parent Email
Did someone refer you?

Boring Details:


Ethos will refund 75% of the registration fee if a student cancels prior to July 20th. After that, there are no refunds. If there’s a serious emergency, we will flex as much as possible.


Partial and occasionally full scholarships are available for those in true need. Please email to explain your need.


Parents and coaches always attend Ethos camps at no charge. If there is interest, we will have a parent-focused breakout session. Dozens of parents have learned to debate at Ethos camps.

Age Eligibility:

13-18 years old. For an exception, email


See you there!