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UW-Whitewater Forensics Institute

We are working on seeing if this event can be offered Summer 2021.  Due to the pandemic we are looking at our options and will post once we have a solid plan.  Check back soon for MORE details!

The Whitewater Forensics Institute (WFI) gives high school forensics competitors all of the tools they'll need to be successful communicators, both in and beyond forensics. At WFI, students will work with the nationally ranked UW-Whitewater forensics team. Students can expect the following from WFI:

  • A competition-ready speech or piece by the end of the week
  • Individualized coaching from collegiate coaches and competitors
  • Workshops geared towards being a more effective communicator
  • Lasting relationships with fellow competitors and mentors

This camp is available to speech team competitors of all experience levels entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2020.

Date: Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, July 17, 2021

The enrollment in the camp is limited to 25 registrants in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention. 


Register Online Closed

Registrations accepted online until noon 7/07/21. We do accept walk up registrations, if not sold out. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.

Fee: $510

Registrants will be housed in one of the residence halls located on the UW-Whitewater campus. The residence hall has a secured entrance and the campers are monitored by the residence hall directors, assistants, and by our own camp counseling staff. Roommate requests made by online registration closing date will be honored when possible; otherwise campers are paired by age and gender. Developing new friends is encouraged. Rooms are double occupancy only. Please note that our residence halls are not air conditioned. We strongly advise campers to bring a fan if possible. The bathrooms and showers offer clean, individual stalls for privacy. Resident campers will have three well-balanced meals each full day. Meals are included in the registration fee.

Bring-A-Friend Discount:

Returning attendees can receive a $35 discount off their camp fee by bringing one new attendee with them this year to this event. Both the returning attendee and the new attendee will receive the discount when they list each other's name on the registration. Make sure you check "Bring-A-Friend Discount" in the registration if you believe you qualify. Discount cannot be applied after you register and pay.  You will be charged $35 if listed friend does not attend.

Fees Include

The resident camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* and insurance.

*T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by 6/25/21.


All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of the event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund. Please contact Continuing Education Services at prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

In the event of a cancellation, Continuing Education Services should be notified no later than 21 days before the start date of the event session in order to receive a refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit. Cancellation requests received less than 21 days from the start of the event will receive a refund minus a 50% late cancellation fee of event cost. Cancellations due to medical reasons will receive a full refund, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, if the cancellation is requested and medical documentation is provided prior to the start of the event. Valid medical cancellations must include a signed letter from a licensed physician to qualify. NO REFUNDS will be given for withdrawal due to early departures, disciplinary reasons or no show after the event has started.

All cancellation requests must be submitted to; provide registrant's name, event title and medical documentation, if applicable. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded or the registrant can choose to apply fees to a different summer event.

Received an Award, Sponsorship or Discount?

For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice.  Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.

Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.

A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.

Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from and are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Info Packet

Pre camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), parking details, check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, mailing address for camper mail, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at

Info Packet Available 3 weeks prior to event

Check in and Orientation

Registrants must check in at the location mentioned in the Info Packet. Parents/guardians are invited to visit with staff members and ask any last minute questions. Please note that there are no structured activities during the check-in period, but residential staff will be in the residence hall to help campers get settled in their rooms and encourage campers to begin getting to know one another in an informal setting. 

Arrival/Departure Outside the Event Scheduled Time

If your schedule results in you arriving after the designated check-in or before check-out time, please indicate in your registration the time you will arrive/depart in the “Special Need/Comments” field or email, if changes happened after you registered. On the day of arrival to campus, check the schedule in the Info Packet to see where the group will be at the time of your arrival. Please call the staff number listed in the Info Packet if you have any questions the day you arrive. If there are questions prior to camp, please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from registrants and guardians.  Click here to review our frequently asked questions about summer camps.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here. Campus building addresses can be found here.


Parking details will be available in the Info Packet.  Notice: All campus parking lots require a parking permit.  Failure to follow parking regulations will result in a fine.  More information is available on the Visitor Center website.

Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. UW-Whitewater will hold all registrants responsible for their conduct.  Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from event.  Registrants dismissed from the event will not receive a refund.  Please review the Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we recommend that all portable electronic devices be left at home, but ultimately it is your decision. We know that parents and children value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment's notice.  For that reason, we do not prohibit cell phones at camp, but ask that cell phone use does not interfere with the event and other participants.  Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for cell use with their child.  We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items.

WFI will offer instruction for the following events:

    • Limited Preparation: Extemp, Impromptu
    • Public Address/Platform Speeches: Informative, Oratory, Oratorical Declamation, Special Occasion Speaking
    • Interpretation/Acting: Duo, Farrago, Group Interpretive Reading*, Play Acting*, Poetry, Prose, Solo Acting Humorous/Serious, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation
*= All students wishing to come to WFI for Group Interpretive Reading or Play Acting must have all members of the group at camp, and the group may not be larger than 3 students.

Typical Day One Schedule

2:00 - 3:00 a.m. Check In
3:00 - 4:45 p.m. Welcome meeting
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Large group ice breaker
7:45 - 10:00 p.m. Free Time
10:00 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change.

Typical Day Two - Six Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Power Talk
10:00 a.m. - Noon Lab Session
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Lab Session
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Lab/Bowling/Pool
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Improv Duet Acting
9:00- 10:00 p.m. Free Time 
10:15 p.m. All students in residence hall

*All times are subject to change.

Typical Final Day Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Power Talk
10:00 - Noon Lab Session
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Lab Session
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Showcase/Mixed Rounds
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Check out of residence halls

*All times are subject to change.

Camp Staff

Kevin Hill, Co-Director

Kevin Hill

Kevin graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2018, and is currently pursuing an online Masters in Mass Communication at the University of Florida.  Kevin works as a web developer for UW-Whitewater.  Kevin joined the team as a freshman in 2014, and as a coach in 2018 after graduating.  As a competitor, Kevin competed in persuasion, informative, critical analysis, after dinner speaking, impromptu, and extemporaneous speaking.  Kevin attended Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL where he competed in radio and informative speaking.  As a collegiate competitor, Kevin made numerous national finals, as well as many other national octa-finals, quarter-finals and semi-finals.  Kevin is also a two-time Interstate Oratory qualifier.

Brian Schanen, Co-Director

Brian Schanen

Brian graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Art in Communication in 2015 and a Master of Science in Communication in 2017.  He is now a lecturer at UW-Whitewater teaching courses in public speaking and persuasion.  Brian joined the team as a freshman in 2011, and as a coach in 2015.  As a competitor, Brian competed in persuasion, critical analysis, impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.  Brian attended Port Washington High School where he competed in radio.  As a collegiate competitor Brian made two national quarter-finals, and as a coach has had a hand in developing numerous national quarter-finalists, semi-finalists and finalists.


Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

By registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.  Any media shared with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on social media or use of its hashtags grants the University use to media for any purpose.