Ohio Forensics Summer Speech Camp

Attention: Due to Construction on Ohio University campus, Summer Speech Camp is CANCELLED for 2013. 

We will be back and better than ever Summer 2014. 

The Ohio University Summer Forensics Camp, sponsored by the Ohio University Forensics Program and the Scripps School of Communication Studies, is held on the campus of Ohio University, Athens, OH. Our Forensics Camp offers instruction and practice in:

• Limited Preparation
       o International Extemp
       o US Extemp
       o Impromptu
• Oral Interpretation
       o Duo Interpretation
       o Humorous Interpretation
       o Dramatic Interpretation
       o Prose/Poetry Manuscript Reading
• Public Address
       o Original Oratory
       o Oratorical Interpretation
       o Declamation
• Debate
       o Public Forum
       o Lincoln Douglas
       o Policy
       o Student Congress


Our Camp Director, Dan West, has coached 50 national champions at the high school and college levels. He is joined by Ohio University Forensics Camp Staff and Team Members

• Dr. Marty Birkholt, Creighton University & Omaha (NE) HS. Dr. Birkholt has coached 4 NFA National Champions (LD)
• Ms. Leslie Muhlbach, Massillon Jackson (OH) HS. Ms. Muhlbach has coached an NFL National Finalist (IX), multiple NFL breaks and numerous State Finalists.
• Mrs. Cindy Stevens, North Branch (MI) HS. Mrs. Stevens has coached multiple State Finalists)
• Jessica Furgerson (Associate Director of forensics, Ohio University, NFL Impromptu Champion, NFA National LD Finalist, NFA Extemp Semi-Finalist)
• Brett Martz (Massillon Jackson HS, NFL Semi-Finalist – Student Congress, NFL Octa-Finalist–Dramatic Duo, NFA Quarter-Finalist Dramatic Duo
• Angelo Sylvester (Louisville HS, NFA Quarter-Finalist – Dramatic Duo, NFA National Quarter-Finalist – Informative Speaking)
• Nicholas Prephan (Perrysburg HS, NFA Semi-Finalist – Ed Impromptu)
• Andrew Makishi (Copley HS, NFL and NFA Qualifier (LD))

The emphasis of the camp is on teaching both novice and experienced students the skills and theory necessary to successfully participate in interscholastic speech activities. While many camps send students home with a single polished product, we send students home with a process they can use to make all of their performances polished.

Students are eligible for the camp if they have completed the 8th grade.

Campers arrive Sunday afternoon. Workshops and classes meet throughout the day, starting at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Practice and individual coaching sessions continue during the evenings. The week concludes with a camp tournament and showcase Saturday morning.

This year a camp extension is being offered for students to take their performance skills to the next level. Workshops and classes will continue through to the 23rd. This supplement will provide students with the opportunity for polishing, fine-tuning, and one on one training with senior staff members.

The camp offers a carefully supervised introduction to college life. Students live in university residence halls, eat in a campus dining center, and attend workshop sessions and lectures in university buildings. Campers will also have access to the OU Libraries, internet computer labs as well as OU recreational facilities. The structure, opportunities, and adult supervision available at OU make the OU Summer Forensics Camp an excellent choice.

We are pleased to offer pick-up/drop-off service from the Columbus airport at the cost of $30 each way. Campers should play to arrive at the Columbus Airport no later than 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 14th. Campers should schedule flights home any time after 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 20th (if they are not staying for the Extension Session). Specific details will be provided once this service is requested.

Application and refundable $100 deposit must be received by June 15, 2012. PLEASE make checks payable to: OHIO FORENSICS

Tuitions includes all instruction, handouts, housing, meals, recreation and camp t-shirt. Campers who pay in full by June 15th receive the discounted rate for the week. The extension tuition includes the continuation of instruction, handouts, housing, meals, and recreation.

Students who cancel on or before June 15th, 2012, will receive a full refund. Cancellations after June 15th will not be refunded their deposit.


Registration is open until July 2.

You may register by mailing applications to:
Dan West
OU Summer Forensics Camp
School of Communication Studies – Lasher Hall
43 W Union Street
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Please make checks payable to: Ohio Forensics, put “Summer Camp” in the memo line.

You may also now register online by clicking the button below and following the instructions:

  • Register Now

Feel free to contact Dan West at 740-593-9962 – office

Camp Information and Application