1. What is in the linen package?
- In Boston, All institutes in Boston provide linen packages regardless of what camp you are attending. Included in the package:
- Pillow Case
- Towel (Small)
Students are encouraged to bring towels with them as the ones provided in the linen package tend to be small. There is laundry service for a fee at the dorms at Emerson.
2. Is there security at the institute?
A: Yes. The University and Summit Debate each have protocols to ensure that our students are always in a safe environment.
- Emerson College has its own security force that operates throughout the university 24 hours a day. These trained professionals ensure that all housing and facilities are safe and operational. The Dorm at Piano Row (Summit Debate housing) has two guard stations to pass prior to gaining access to the building. Each student will be given an access card in order to be allowed to enter. Students are not allowed to bring guests to their rooms that are not attending the camp. Students wishing to go to any site that is off campus must sign out and in at the Camp Office. Students are allowed to go to various places within a short distance from campus provided they are with at least two other students.
3.Can I fly in a day early or leave a day late?
Students who are traveling from long distances may have to arrive early. Summit Debate can accommodate those students! However, Summit Debate cannot accommodate requests for late departures. We need to be out of the dorms by noon on departure days without exception.
- For the camps in Boston students can arrive on July 13th between 3pm and 10 pm for a fee of $100.00 and students are responsible for their own transportation to the dorm. The average taxi fare is between Logan Airport and Emerson College is $30.00. The average taxi fare from South Station Train Terminal to Emerson College is $5.00. Students who are arriving on July 14th can sign up for a one way shuttle service of $15 or a round trip shuttle service of $30. Airport shuttle service will be provided by the National Debate Forum on July 14th from 7:30am until 6:00pm and on July 28th from 5:00am until 1:00pm. Students who reserve shuttle service will be met in the baggage claim area once their flight arrives and will be transported to Emerson College. On the return to the airport students will be dropped off at the ticketing area at the airport and will arrive at least 90 minutes before their scheduled departure. Students who choose to arrive or depart at times outside our shuttle hours will be responsible for their own transportation from the airport to Emerson College. Students who arrive at South Station, will be met by a faculty member and will be picked up by the NDF shuttle or escorted back to campus in a taxi. The cost for a shuttle to the South Station Train or Bus Terminal is $5 for a one way and $10 round trip. All shuttle transportation requests must be made in advance on the travel form and returned no later than July 1st. Students who request shuttle service after this time will not be accommodated, unless there is an opening in the shuttle schedule at that given time. Our advice is to return the travel from in before July 1st and make sure to have the most accurate arrival and departure times, flight/train/bus information and contact information available. This will insure that your shuttle request is fulfilled without any complications.
4. How do I contact the Summit Debate office while camp is in session?
There are a few ways to contact us before or during the summer session. If you have questions prior to the start of camp you can contact us at email@example.com. During the camp call us at (954)-593-2974 and our contact phones will be answered 24 hours, seven days a week during all sessions.
5. What forms must be filled out before I can attend camp?
The following are the forms that are required for ALL Summit Debate institutes:
- Health Form: Along with the health form we require a copy of your insurance card, if you do not have insurance, you must send a notarized letter naming the parent or guardian who will be responsible for all medical expenses.
- Travel Form: Please attach your complete airline information, including the arrival and departure info. If you are not flying or taking a train you still need to fill out the travel form and let us know how you are arriving. If you are commuting, there is a space on the form to indicate you are a commuting student.
6. Can I request a roommate?
Yes provided the request is made early (with your application) and both students agree to be housed together. All roommate requests made after June 1, 2013 will not be guaranteed. We will do our best to make those accommodations, but we have to submit rooming lists to our university hosts several weeks in advance and it might not be possible to make changes as we get closer to the start of each institute.
7. Can I request an instructor?
Yes. We will try and accommodate all requests. At the institute students will be placed in lab groups based on their experience level. However, students are able to work with every instructor!
8. What happens if a student becomes ill at the institute?
Summit Debate has on staff a dedicated dorm staff person who handles all medical issues, along with Summit Debate administrators who have over 20 years of experience in dealing with health related situations that may require medical attention. Parents will immediately be contacted if their child becomes ill. Parents will be in constant communication with our Director of Residential Life.
In some cases, students are simply given the appropriate medical treatment onsite and will return to programming. In some cases, students will be taken to a walk-in Urgent Care facility for diagnosis and treatment. In rare cases, students will be taken to an Emergency Care facility for diagnosis and treatment. Unless there is a life threatening injury or situation, parents will always be in consulted about the course of treatment.
In the event of a life threatening injury or situation, Campus Safety along with local emergency medical technicians will be the first responders to the situation. Parents will be notified immediately of the situation and the emergency medical technicians will speak with the parent directly. Finally, in the event that a student’s treatment plan or illness prevent him or her from continuing with the programming, the student will be released to the care of a parent or guardian. There are no refunds for students that miss classes or need to withdraw from the program.
9. Is there a curfew?
The programs at Summit Debate can very intensive and demanding of its participants. Students will be in classes and working in their events 12 hours each day. To make sure that students are well rested and that other residents in the program can get a full night’s sleep all Summit Debate institutes have curfews. There are times when students have to be in their rooms as well as “lights out”. The standard curfew has students in their suites by 11:30 pm and “lights out” at Midnight.
10. Do I need a coach’s recommendation?
While they are not required, coach’s recommendations can be helpful when applying to the programs. If you elect to submit a recommendation, the coach’s recommendation can be sent via email or regular mail at any time in the application process. If you are applying for financial assistance, a coach’s recommendation for admission to our programs is required and must be on file in our office.
11. Is there financial assistance?
In addition to the scholarships that Summit Debate gives out to successful underclassmen at various tournaments throughout the year, we also do offer financial assistance on a need basis. Please send us a letter and as much documentation as you can provide to demonstrate financial need for the committee’s consideration. All requests and documentation must be mailed to us by March 15, 2013! All awards will be given out by March 30, 2013! After that date, some assistance may be available on a very limited basis.
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