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ACE Camp

Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2004 11:54 pm
by Golden Tiger 86
Moderator: I split this off from the DePauw camp thread. Please try not to thread-jack in the future. - MaS

While possibly cheaper, longer, and a shorter drive, how can ultimate frisbee compare with meeting and giving Michael Vick a high-five.

P.S. You also get a lot of chocolate, Doritos, and other assorted trans-fats from the staff while there.

Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 10:32 am
by jrbarry
I like that expensive camp, ACE! :-)

Kidding aside, the US has plenty of room for several quiz bowl camps. ACE will probably NOT do any more than the 2 we do every summer. And I would love to find a college who would subsidize our camps to allow a lower entry fee.

Posted: Wed Apr 14, 2004 3:07 pm
by Golden Tiger 86
I can say with all honesty that the reason I am where I am today is because of the ACE Camp. And how in the WORLD can you not have fun when the Atlanta Falcons are in town.

P.S. You do realize that most hardcore college quiz bowl players despise TRASH (although I personally like it). And, there are a lot of "open" TRASH tournaments in the Southeast, usually held by Charlie Steinhice at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga


Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:38 pm
by jrbarry
Have you ever attended an ACE quiz bowl camp?

Why are you interested in dissing our camps? We ACE folk certainly have never dissed anything you guys are doing.

As to some campers disliking ACE camps. Of course that has happened and will continue to happen. No camp that has 300+ high schoolers is gonna please all of them every year. We do have a remarkable repeat business, however. Over 50% of our campers each year are repeat players. I am proud that so many have seen the value of ACE camps and continue to support us.

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:59 pm
by buzzermaster
I went to ACE at SEMO for two years and improved vastly. I didn't think it was possible to improve so much in less than a week. The only part I didn't like about ACE was the QU tournament. I realize this might be necessary because so many teams focus on QU. Better QU than TRASH, though. I am one of those aforementioned hardcore academic players that despise trash.

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:15 pm
by mrblinux
Agreed, that was the one part I hated about it.

I'm coming back this year, to Furman! :lol:

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2004 9:54 pm
by ChopinManiac
Yeah, i loved ACE camp. It was alot of fun and even though it was strict about times to be when and where, it was also extremely beneficial in my quest of becoming a better quiz bowl player. While i cannot go back this year due to GHP, if i could i definitely would and i know that at least two of my teammates are planning to. Just my two cents, but i would definitely recommend it.


Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 2:50 am
by einstein must die
i never went to an ACE camp. kinda wish i had...

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 3:46 am
by Chris Frankel
laslow: yes :D

it's the only way to get through tournament editing + ridiculous amounts of schoolwork .

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:17 am
by No Sollositing On Premise
ater wrote:hey shut up you blankety-blanks
Ummm... is it safe to assume that that was alchohol related? Again?

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 12:52 am
by harshrealm
For all that I complained about it, I did enjoy ACE. My only regrets are not having been the football fan I am now back then and that I didn't learn from my first year to bring some food on my own. Maybe quizbowl kids have a tendency towards sado-masochism, who knows...

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:10 am
by mujason
Of course quizbowl kids have a tendency toward sado-masochism; sadists write ACF questions and masochists play ACF questions! (hee, hee)

Jason Mueller

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 5:20 am
by solonqb
That post was wrong on so many levels...

Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 10:58 pm
by Matt Weiner
mujason wrote:Of course quizbowl kids have a tendency toward sado-masochism; sadists write ACF questions and masochists play ACF questions! (hee, hee)

Jason Mueller
This attitude will get you into the ACF cabal* for sure!

*There is no ACF cabal.

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 10:19 am
by jrbarry
We still have room at BOTH camps, July 11-15 at SEMO in Cape Girardeau, MO, and July 21-25 at Furman in Greenville, SC. Check our website for more details

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2004 3:04 pm
by mrblinux
I should be sending in my form any day now..

Posted: Mon Jun 14, 2004 11:20 am
by Stefan
Who is going to SEMO this year? I will be back.

Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2004 8:22 pm
by jrbarry
As of June 15, we have 100 registered for Furman and 58 for SEMO. That is behind where we usually are for Furman and ahead of ususal for SEMO.

Most Brookwood team members are coming to the SEMO camp this year. I would estimate that we'll have about 80-85 players at SEMO (compared to 68 last year.)

Anyone who still wants to register may do so by going to our website at

We take campers right up until a couple fo days before the start of camp.

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 7:43 pm
by jrbarry
Taylor: I am waiting for your camp registration...Where is it? Don't you want to learn something this summer? Make the Brookwood Academic team better for 2004-2005? Huh, tay-tay whover you claim to be>???

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2004 11:16 pm
by solonqb
Why don't you use your deity-given phpBB superpowers to move the irrelevant portion of the thread to the Forbidden Zone?

Just a suggestion.

EDIT: Never mind...words taken right out of my mouth.

Posted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 11:45 pm
by jrbarry
Last call. We have 297 total campers this year already registered at our two camps. We have room for a few more if anyone is interested. Check our website for more info.

Posted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 10:09 pm
by mentalchocolate
I'm going and I think the Pikeville team also are going to SEMO from Kentucky. Maybe a few other teams or individuals may show up as well. :shock:

Posted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 2:55 am
by somerandomguy
I remember that the science major rotates the focus of study from year to year, last year was chemistry and bio if i remember, and the year before it seems was geology. Does anybody know what the focus is going to be this year? I'm thinking it was astronomy or physics, but i'm not sure which one...

(I've been attending the Furman camp if that matters.)

Posted: Mon Jul 12, 2004 11:52 am
by Allandaros
Is there any way to confirm our registration for the camp? Any forms we should have recieved in the mail?

Posted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 11:52 pm
by KentB
I just finished the first ACE camp today, and it was great. I learned more in 5 days than I learned all of last year, probably. Even the stuff I haven't retained fully, I have written down so I can write questions about it and stuff later. I look forward to playing this year with the new information I learned with ACE. - Yes, I know this sounds like a cheesy adverstisement :P

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 6:49 pm
by mrblinux
KentB, Mr. Barry, or others - the results are up for the SEMO tournaments. How will the structure of the camp tournaments be different this year? Are there only two, and what kind of questions will be used for the give/take tournament?

Maybe :chip:? Maybe not :chip:?

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 9:09 pm
by DumbJaques
Camp was pretty great. Both minor subjects (art and music) were extremely informative and covered material I remember coming up frequently at PACE and other tournaments. Terrill Wilkins (Dorman, class of 03) did the art lecture, and told us stories about obscure art tossups he'd gotten. The majors were pretty solid, I have about 20 pages of literature notes to study, plus a couple of great packets. Undoubtedly, the best part was playing with and against some top players. Although playing hold em till 2 am in the dorm common room was pretty cool, too.

In response to inquiries about types of questions, I'm not sure if Furman will be the same, but our tournaments were designed to expose players to as many formatas as possible. This was enlightening, but occasionally annoying (two individual rounds in a 4 round game). Also, while we did get to play NAQTs in practice, we weren't able to use them for mini-tournaments, i assume because they take a while/not many players were used to them. Still, it was a great experience, and I'm definately going back next year. Good luck to everyone going to Furman.

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 11:54 pm
by bigtrain
I am from WJ and am going to Furman. Who from RM are you and who from RM is going to Furman? I assume you are the RM player who placed 2nd in lit..congrats.

Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 2:23 am
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
This camp was simply amazing. Between learning 80-90% of all math I'm going to need for the next two years (going from no trig background to a very good beginning on trig AND calc), realizing that I, too, can become a music specialist, sitting in on Group 1's practice and watching the best science, lit, and soc. studies players I've EVER seen slaughter the heck out of each other, being in, let alone placing 2nd, that awesome math tournament (incredibly fast paced, maybe 4 total negs the entire 30 questions for all players), and beating Wei Lu the last night of hold 'em was the best experience of my quiz bowl career and I'd be nuts not to go next year. Very simply, with the practices and tourneys they give you, one can become someone who gets 4 or 5 out of every 6 tossups in a subject you have minimal experience in, then with their notes, handouts, and teaching, keep it and spread it to anyone who didn't go. Kudos to Mr. Barry and all the staff for an excellent camp and one that I will be returning to next year.

Posted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 2:11 pm
by DumbJaques
I am from WJ and am going to Furman. Who from RM are you and who from RM is going to Furman? I assume you are the RM player who placed 2nd in lit..congrats
Humza and Alex are going to Furman. I believe they are majoring in science and social studies, respectively. I'm Chris Ray, I played mostly on B and C team this year, so we've probably run into to each other once or twice. Thanks for the congrats, there were some seriously good players there and it wasnt easy.

Who from WJ are you?

Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 2:15 pm
by KentB
Wow. You beat Wei Lu in poker. Way to be. I kept tellin that kid he was gonna lose his money one of those nights and he finally did... hahahahaha.

Yeah, I am currently writing a bunch of music questions from the stuff that we learned, and I will write a bunch for art and social studies as well. I still need copies of the literature information, so I'll wait til after the Furman camp and try to get some from Mr. Barry if they have extras.

Posted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 3:47 pm
by bigtrain
I'm Alex, the freckled junior on WJ.

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 10:20 pm
by drpangloss
threadjackers unite! Ah well, I have gone to SEMO for two years now and am planning on a third year, but I was wondering if going to both camps is allowed/productive. Can anyone help me?

Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:38 pm
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
It should be productive, as long as you are taking different majors. I can't imagine taking any major that you have some experience in twice being effective. I don't see why you can't go to both, but I'm not Mr. Barry.

Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2004 3:29 pm
by jrbarry
We use the same practice and tournament questions at both camps, so we do not encourage players to attend both. If someone really wanted to, they could do both but could notn practice or play in the tournaments.