Chicago, Illinois

Ethos is coming to Chicago on July 30th-August 3rd! Here’s what you need to know:

The Deets

Where is it?

The location is still TBD but the camp will be located in Chicago.

When is it?

July 30th-August 3rd. 9-5 each day.

How much is it?

$299 per student.

What formats will you be coaching?

LD, TP, and Parli.

What experience level is this camp intended for?

Everyone! We’ll have three coaches there, so we’ll be able to split up novices, intermediate, and advanced. If you’ve never done a debate round before, you should come. If you won nationals last year, you should still come! Everyone has more to learn.

What league will you be coaching?

We’ll be coaching debate. Regardless of what league you compete in, this camp will work for you. However, since our audience is mostly from NCFCA at this camp, we’ll be using cases and examples from the NCFCA resolutions as well as having some breakout sessions to discuss the new resolutions. If enough people are interested, we’ll have breakout sessions for other resolutions.

How old do I have to be before I can attend?

We recommend attendees be above the age of thirteen. See this video for an explanation of why. However, this is more of a guideline than a rule. Email us at if you’re interested in an exception.

Are there any discounts or scholarships?

There’s a family discount that takes 20% off of your order. It’s only applicable for families purchasing multiple tickets together. Upon checkout, when asked for a discount code, use the code 2018family.

 Partial and occasionally full scholarships are available for those in true need. Please contact us at  explaining your needs.

Will you be providing meals?

Nope! You’re on your own. Pack a lunch, order Chinese food, eat your flowpad, the choice is yours!

What about host housing?

If you are coming from out of town, please contact Louis Kolssak:

Your Coaches:

Emily Rose

Emily Rose

Head Coach

Emily Rose is a veteran coach, rhetoric expert, honors college student, and debater of eight years.

While studying communications with a minor in political science and philosophy, she travels the country as an Ethos coach and for pleasure. As a coach, she combines classical rhetoric, philosophy, and emphasis on real-world application. She spent many of her debate years trying to fit into an arbitrary “advanced debater” persona. Ironically, she now utilizes her coaching career to undo senseless, abstract communication.

She coaches debate not as an advanced theory class. She coaches debate as real-life thinking and wisdom.



Joel Erickson

Joel Erickson

Assistant Coach

Drew Magness

Drew Magness

Assistant Coach

Drew Magness is finishing up his senior year of high-school by competing in 18 total speech and debate tournaments in one season, participating in NCFCA, Stoa, and NSDA with 10 speech events, TP, LD, Parli, and Moot Court.

Endlessly dedicated to the activity, there’s nothing Drew would rather be doing than competing or coaching speech and debate.

Drew believes that the greatest growth that occurs in speech and debate is in the realm of character development. Learning how to own your failures, work hard, and communicate to those who have opposing ideas are vital life skills that are mastered in speech and debate competition.



Ranked first nationally out of over 1,700 students in the 2017-2018 season on

Holds over 35 first place titles in multiple speeches and debate formats

Won multiple tournaments in Team Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Moot Court, and Parliamentary Debate in NCFCA, Stoa, and NSDA

Placed in the top 3 over 75 times in a variety of speeches and debate formats

Ranked sixth nationally in the 2016-2017 season on

Competed in over 40 tournaments

Coached dozens of students in online personal sessions, camps, workshops, and online clubs.

Chris Ostertag

Chris Ostertag

Assistant coach