What’s Going On in Colorado Springs

Nearly 600 students and their families will be gathering in Colorado Springs June 4-9.

Wendy and I have been extremely busy lately, hardly blogging at all, running what has turned out to be the largest Christian homeschool speech and debate tournament in history. I kid you not! Allow me to explain what is going on, and explain why we believe this is the most exciting family movement available to you. Don’t pass this post up; this is exciting stuff!

I am the Superintendent of the National Invitational Tournament of Champions in Colorado Springs June 4-9, 2012. Stoa is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization of homeschool families who appointed me to run their national tournament. The appointment was over a year ago, and I’ve been working my way through the details ever since. This took finding a venue, setting a date, appointing a director team, setting up the website, communicating everything to the Stoa membership and Board of directors…the exhausting list goes on.

There are so many exciting things going on with this year’s tournament! We’re having the tournament at Focus on the Family, a favorite vacation spot for homeschool families. Whit’s End, I’m sure, will be a favorite place for kids. We also have several VIP judges and a whole list of vendors interested in connecting with this community of academic speakers and debaters. We’ve invited the media, too, and have radio and television opportunities springing up. So much going on. And I didn’t even mention the 1300+ speeches and debates that will take place all week long!

It has been a lot of work, but when your work pays off, it is extremely exciting. When the league sent out the invitations a month ago, Wendy and I were concerned that people wouldn’t come. You see, half the league lives in California, the home of the national tournament of the last two years. The league, likewise, only grew in numbers by 2%. We were expecting perhaps 450 competitors. You know what we were blessed with? Six hundred! Well, 599 to be exact, from 26 states. This is a 24% increase from last year, and that was the largest invitational ever. Speech and debate is an expanding movement, and this year’s NITOC is an incredible accomplishment.

Whoa, this is awesome. God has opened up a wonderful opportunity to those of us (and I hope this includes you) who desire to train up a generation of young people with wholesome and godly skills and values. Little will be more impressive than seeing 599 students – suited up to deliver inspiring speeches and spar with award-winning debaters – for the sole purpose to glorify God and train for his good works.

You do realize that speech and debate is an integral way to instill Love in the House, don’t you? A theme of love is creativity, what we like to call “an image-of-God trait.” Raising children in love nowadays – especially for large families – takes creativity. We have found that speech and debate is the best academic activity a family can be involved in. We honestly believe that, and thousands of families are catching on that this is it.

I wanted to give you a head’s up why we haven’t been blogging lately, but more importantly, I want to give you an opportunity to get involved. We honestly believe every homeschool family should be involved in speech and debate, but most of you probably don’t think it is possible for your family. Tomorrow I’ll post three ways you can be involved, and nearly giving away some books to encourage you. Check back tomorrow!

For now, visit the National Invitational Tournament of Champions website. Wow, we have a lot of good work to do, and an exciting week ahead.


About Chris Jeub

Chris is the father of 16 children, busily running the family businesses and learning the depths of love along the way.

  • Llane

    Hey Chris! This is exciting news. 
    In the next few posts when you talk about families getting involved, could you include some tips for those of us who are in very small, even isolated rural communities with no groups to plug into?  That would be really helpful.

    • Chris Jeub

      This is a great question. I was going to wait till tomorrow with an answer: a $20 resource for $1. I’ll explain more in tomorrow’s post, but here’s the link to the book:

    • Christine Wells

      Hey, I’m an alumnus of the NCFCA, and I grew up in a very small town without other homeschool families, and about three hours from the nearest homeschool speech & debate club.  I got to know some members of that club through a homeschool convention, and they convinced my family to join.  Not having a club made speech & debate more challenging, but not impossible.  We attended workshops about the league at the homeschool convention, purchased books and tutorial videos about public speaking (including some of the Jeubs’ Monument books), and communicated via internet with some great friends who were in clubs and who were always willing to help us out with pointers and proofreading.  My sister was my automatic duo partner, and we would use each other and our parents as an audience.  We did it my last two years of high school – even in the middle of nowhere – and it was a great experience which I wish I’d gotten involved in earlier.  I’m sure your family can succeed in speech and debate, even without a club in your area!

      • Chris Jeub

        What an awesome testimony, Christine! Thanks for sharing it. When I started forensics, e-mail was just starting, and the Internet was considered a fad. I wrote Blue Book in order to afford jumping all over Minnesota trying to convince homeschoolers to do this thing called “debate.”

        Today, as you have testified, there really is no excuse. No matter how remote you are, you can do this, and it will be a blessing to your family. I’m glad my books had a part in your growth. God bless you, Christine!

  • Phil & Judy Palmer

    How exciting! How does one even go about learning debate? 

    • Chris Jeub

      Woohoo! Glad you asked: I’ll explain more tomorrow.

  • Sheila (UK)

    Good to hear from you Chris! It sounds exciting.

    • Chris Jeub

      Thanks Sheila. This movement…let’s bring it to the UK!

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