Summer Camp

2021 Happy Learning Summer Camp

Happy Learning teachers want to provide the best learning opportunities in the KC Metro Area. Students will receive the best instruction, coaching, lectures, and learning opportunities for a range of academic courses. Every student will be guaranteed quality lectures, drills, practice, and a culminating showcase event. You will also be provided some of the best instructors, including multiple state and national champions. Update for Summer of 2021 – Expect all courses to be online. We reserve the right to modify this 1-month prior to camp.

Middle School Course Offerings:

Week 1: 6/21-25 – $95 per class and a discounted rate of $180 for a full day.
AM –
-Speech (grades 5-6)
-Debate (grades 7-8)
PM –
-Debate (grades 5-6)
-Speech (grades 7-8)

Week 2: 6/28-7/2– $95 per class and a discounted rate of $180 for a full day.
AM –
-Speech (grades 5-6)
-Debate (grades 7-8)
PM –
-Writing (grades 5-8)
-Speech (grades 7-8)

High School Course Offerings:

6/21- 6/25 – 1 week Debate – $180. We differentiate grade levels. Info provided below!

Registration + Costs:

Registration is 2 parts – completing the information survey and payment.
Part 1: Complete the 2021 Registration Form.
Part 2- Complete your payment. You must pay your sessions via PayPal –
*Once you complete the survey and payment, a follow up email will be sent to you confirming both are done.
**We make staffing decisions based on enrollment. Anyone that cancels after June 1 will not receive a full refund.


Why Happy Learning Course Offerings?

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

Where is the Camp?

Zoom! We are preparing all courses to be offered online for the summer of 2021. Your teacher will reach out to the parents and students as we get closer.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

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

What about the schedule?

Middle school –
AM courses go from 10:00AM-11:30 with approximately 1-hr of homework;
PM courses go from 1:00PM-2:30 with approximately 1-hr of homework

High school –
10:00am-12pm – q&a with lecturer (some recorded; some live via Zoom)
12pm-1pm – break
1pm-4pm – virtual instruction (differentiated instruction for brand new high school debaters versus returning students)

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.


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.

Chris Fry

Graduate of Blue Valley Southwest and the University of Kansas. Two time NDT qualifier, assistant coach for 5 years, including work for BVSW. Currently, working for Glenbrook North and the University of Georgia. Coached the NSDA champions, TOC runner-up, 3 CFL finalists and 2-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.