The 2018 RDI

The 2018 RDI is a full-service Policy, Lincoln-Douglas (LD), and Public Forum (PF) debate camp. For policy debaters, we offer two and three-week options, and for LD and PF debaters we offer a 10-day camp option. We will offer both "commuter" and on-campus camp options for policy debaters.

We also host a one-week speech and debate camp specifically designed to introduce middle school students to public speaking, advocacy, and debate skills.

Middle School Session

  • Commuter without meal plan: $300

Two-Week Session

  • Commuter without meal plan: $500
  • Residence hall stay with meal plan: $1650

Three-Week Session

  • Commuter without meal plan: $750
  • Residence hall stay with meal plan: $2450

Lincoln-Douglas Session

  • Commuter without meal plan: $350

Public Forum Session

July 16 – July 25, 2018

  • Commuter without meal plan: $350

Financial Assistance to Attend the RDI

The RDI is happy to be able to offer financial assistance to students who want to attend the RDI, but may be unable to do so for financial reasons.

RDI financial assistance is solely awarded to offset the cost of attending the RDI.

Applicants for RDI financial assistance must submit a financial assistance request letter. This letter should, at a minimum, include the following:

  • An explanation of financial need
  • An explanation of why the applicant wishes to attend the RDI
  • A description of the applicant's level of interest, enthusiasm for debate, work ethic, etc.

Decisions on financial assistance allocation will be made on the basis of full attendance and active participation in the RDI, the contents of the appilicant's financial assistance request letter, and the timely submission of application materials.

All RDI financial assistance requests must be submitted via email to and The subject line of the email must be "RDI FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION-[your last name]." All RDI financial assistance applications must be received before June 11, 2018.

Deadlines and Payment

Completed applications, applications for financial assistance, and $100 nonrefundable deposit are due no later than June 11, 2018.

  • Deposits must be received by June 11, 2018 to be eligible to apply for financial assistance).
  • Payment in full for remaining fees (minus deposit) are due on the first day of the section for which your student is registered.
  • Financial assistance is available for CCSD students only.

The RDI can accept payments via check or credit card. To pay via credit card, email and request a "credit card authorization form."

Checks must be made out to “Board of Regents, UNLV” and mailed to:

Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.

Department of Communication Studies, UNLV
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy Box 454052
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4052

The 2018 RDI will provide breakfast for all students each morning before camp activities begin. Commuter campers will participate in on-campus activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they should plan to provide their own lunch or should bring money to purchase lunch on-campus.

Campers who are staying in the UNLV dorms will be provided a meal plan to eat lunch and dinner in the UNLV Dining Commons. They will be immersed in camp activities throughout the day and will be supervised by camp staff during their time in the dorms and on while they are campus.

Rebel Debate Institute

Jake Thompson
UNLV Director of Debate and 2018 RDI Co-Director
Rylee Taylor
2018 RDI Co-Director

And many members of the UNLV debate team and coaching staff!