Three Week Los Angeles Session
What are the travel dates for my session?
Arrival: June 25th
Departure: July 15th
On arrival day we are able to accommodate a wide range of arrival times so that people traveling from out of state can have more flexibility when booking flights. Early afternoon arrival (~2PM) is best. On departure day students need to be out of the facilities by noon.
What airport should I fly in to?
The closest airport to our campus in Los Angeles is Burbank Bob Hope Airport (BUR). It is possible to fly in to other airports in the Los Angeles area such as LAX, but please read the next question if you intend to do so.
Is transportation from the airport provided?
Yes. Students flying in to Burbank will be met at the airport by one of our staff in a bright Premier Debate t-shirt. They’ll then be brought to CSU Northridge for on-campus registration. Because of the size of the city and amount of airports, we will not be able to provide transportation to students traveling in from those other airports. Parents are responsible for making those travel arrangements.
What if my child is flying to camp but is under the age of 15?
You will either need to accompany them to registration, or have them fly as an unaccompanied minor. Different airlines have slightly different policies, but in general you will need to notify us in advance if you would like to take this option. We’ll give you the name of a staff member that you provide to the airline and they will meet them at the gate and bring them to on-campus registration.
Are there any other camp costs besides the listed tuition?
No. All major costs including food and lodging are provided for in the cost of tuition. We do recommend that students bring a little bit of spending money to be able to purchase something they forgot to pack, laundry if needed, or the occasional snack. It’s also a camp tradition to have dinner at the end of the session with the student’s lab group at one of the casual dining restaurants nearby, so we ask that the parents provide some cash to cover this one meal out.
What should I pack?
Students should pack sufficient clothes and toiletries for three weeks. Students will have access to a paid laundry in the dorms (they are operated using cash rather than coins). The rooms have towels, washcloths, sheets, pillows, etc. in them already.
We highly recommend the use of a laptop computer for research and writing purposes. If a student does not have a laptop to use for camp, there is a computer lab, but this means a student won’t be able to take notes on a laptop in lecture or collaborate as easy with lab-mates. Make sure that the laptop is in good working condition since we’ll dive into the topic as soon as possible at camp. Getting a laptop back up and running is not something you want to be doing while everyone else is working on the topic.
- Debate Materials
Please bring pens and paper for flowing. We recommend loose-leaf printer paper rather than a notebook or legal pad. If you have old flows of previous debate rounds from this season, please bring those with you, as they will be helpful for doing drills at camp.
- Spending Money
All major costs including food and lodging are provided for, but we do recommend that students bring a little bit of spending money to be able to purchase something they forgot to pack, laundry if needed, or the occasional snack. It’s also a camp tradition to have dinner at the end of the session with the student’s lab group at one of the casual dining restaurants nearby, so we ask that the parents provide some cash to cover this one meal out.
- Games / Books
There are scheduled activities every day, but as this is an overnight camp, there is some down time, especially in the evenings. Having some light reading or a board game is a good way to relax after a long day of debating!