At our house we give lots of school credit for Speech and Debate. They put a lot of time in and certainly deserve credit for it. What I like is that it’s not simply textbook learning, its knowledge they will actually be understanding and using, not simply memorizing. I can’t stress enough how amazing this is! Debate is one of the only academic activities I know where they really get to assimilate so many typically academic skills/knowledge into real life activities.
We had everyone at the camp over for a cookout one night (a break from all the thinking!) It was a lot of fun even though it was very hot.