Debate Camp

Sunflower Debate Camp
Provided by Happy Learning

Happy Learning teachers want to provide the best learning opportunities in the Metro Area. Students will receive the best instruction, coaching, lectures, and learning opportunities for both speech and debate. Every student will be guaranteed quality lectures, drills, practice, and the showcase what you’ve learned with a culminating tournament experience. You will also be provided some of the best instructors, including multiple state and national champions.

Middle School Course Offerings

6/24 – 6/28 AM – Debate
6/24 – 6/28 PM – Creative Writing
7/1 – 7/5 AM – Academic Writing
7/1 – 7/5 PM – Debate

High School Course Offerings

6/24 – 6/28 – 1 week Debate
6/24 – 7/5 – 2-week Debate

Course Costs

AM/PM Middle School – $150 per session ($300 for week)
1 week – $300
2 weeks – $600

  • Get $25 off the 1-week and $50 off the 2-week (Available for students in full day courses only) if deposit paid by April 1st.
  • Need based scholarships available.

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Why Sunflower Course Offerings?

  • Championship level coaching
  • Premier lectures and instruction
  • Best value

Where is the Camp?

Emmanuel Chinese Baptist Church
10101 England Dr, Overland Park KS, 66212.
Close to highway 69 & 435

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Jared Zuckerman is the camp director and can be reached at or via cell at 913-709-6260.

How do I register the camp?

Follow the instructions below to register. A follow up email will be sent to you shortly after your registration.

How do I pay deposit for the camp?

You can pay $100 deposit via PayPal: to secure your spot in the camp.

What is a sample day?

9:00AM-morning lectures and practice
12:30PM-lunch break
1:30PM-lab time and drills
5:00PM-finish lab

What about the middle school schedule?

AM courses go from 9:00AM-12:30.
PM courses go from 1:30PM-5:00.
If students sign up for both, we will provide supervision over lunch. Only students signed up for AM + PM course are eligible for the course discount.

Staff Biographies

Camp Director:

Jared Zuckerman

Former Director at Blue Valley Southwest and current Assistant Coach at Glenbrook North, IL. His team was the first in KS history to win the NSDA national championship. They also won the 2017 and 2018 NCFL national championships, were the TOC finalists, and received the Ungar Cup as the nation’s top team. As a coach, he received the 2018 National Debate Coaches Association Coach of the Year and NSDA Ted Belch Coach of the Year. He won 11 state championships as a coach.


Brian Box

Director at Blue Valley North. Eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Kansas, Glenbrook South and Campus. Former director of the Jayhawk Debate Institute. Coached multiple NDT elimination round participants, TOC semi-finalists, he was a quarterfinalist at the NDT and top speaker at CEDA nationals for Wichita State.

Carolyn Cook

Director at Shawnee Mission South. Her team was the 2017 State Runner Up and finished in the final four in 2015 and 2016. She has qualified 7 Policy Debate entries to nationals over the past three years and finished 8th in the country at 2017 NSDA Nationals, including the 5th Speaker. She was recognized as the 2015-16 DCI Coach of the Year.

Tim Ellis

Director of Debate at Washburn Rural High School. His school has qualified 12 teams to the NSDA National Tournament, including one finish in the top 5. He also coached the 2016 NSDA top individual speaker in the nation, and another top 6 individual speaker in the same year. He coached the 2017 6A Debate State Champions.

Annie Goodson

In her second year as the head coach at Mill Valley High School. During her first year at Mill Valley she qualified teams to four-speak and two-speak state competitions and attended national qualifying tournaments all for the first time in school history. Her students finished in octofinals at state in 2018.