What to Bring

6th-12th Grade Summer Speech Institutes July 13-20 and 22-25

Thank you for enrolling in the SPEAK2compete Summer Speech Intensive. We are getting excited to work with you in hopes of shaping you into an elite competitor.

In order to facilitate your planning, I thought it would be good to share with you some important logistical information.

First, when packing, you will want to consider bringing the following:

  • Professional tournament attire for the "SSI Tournament” and Banquet (Concordia Camp only) – We recommend men bring dress shoes, dress socks, suit or dress pants with sport coat, dress shirt, and tie. We recommend women bring dress shoes (no open toed shoes), nylons, and dress suit with pants or skirt.

  • Casual summer attire is appropriate for the week. The academic buildings utilized during the day are air-conditioned and can be a bit chilly. Please plan accordingly.

  • Laptop or tablet (If you own a laptop, you will have access to our wireless network, but not the printers. It is not a requirement to bring a computer, as you will have access to computer labs. Having a laptop will provide you with more flexibility.)

  • Storytellers/Extemp Readers –bring your book. These will not be provided.

  • USB Stick/Jump drive

  • Pillow

  • Cell Phone and chargers

  • Blanket (Sheets will be provided.)

  • Toiletries

  • Towel

  • Cash for snacks at the camp store or a trip to the bookstore

  • Notebook and writing utensils

  • Sunscreen

Third, we have assigned a staff member to take high quality pictures for the duration of camp. We will load roughly 1,000 pictures onto a 8GB flash drive for you to take home at the conclusion of the intensive. The cost is $20. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a Team (group) photo and institute photo featuring all staff and students. These photos will not be on the flash drive. The cost per photo is $5. These items need to be ordered at the time of registration We will also have an institute store featuring water bottles, bags, stickers, buttons, t-shirts, flash drives, snacks, and posters that you may purchase during the week.

Fourth, the following personalized information concerns your remaining tuition balance. It is due Saturday, July 13th for Concordia and July 22nd for St. Thomas when you register on campus.

We accept cash and credit card. Credit card transactions will incur a $25 processing fee for any payment over $250. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. 

Finally, while we will have fun dedicating an entire week to forensics, our goal is for you to leave SSI with one event close to tournament ready, giving you a leg up on the competition. Be prepared to have fun, work diligently in order to maximize the opportunities afforded to you throughout the week, and never be tired. Positive attitudes make us happy!

Needed at the time of registration:

  • final payment

  • order for extra banquet tickets - $14 each (Concordia Only)

  • order for flash drive with camp photos - $20

  • order for camp group photo and pride photo - $5 each

 Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at theprocessstarts@speak2compete.com. We look forward to seeing you on July 13th or July 22nd!