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Why Capitol Debate?

Our aim is to enrich the lives of students. To do that, we gather expert staff, with a diverse group of students, and select excellent facilities and locations to create fun, safe, and supportive environments. Read More »

Here’s what sets us apart
Our Mission
Why Debate?
Expert Staff
Alumni Success Stories
Widely Attended
Safe & Secure
Great Facilities in Great Locations
Lots of Fun
For All Ages & Experience Levels

2017 Summer Debate Camps

We offer debate camps, public speaking schools, writing classes and youth leadership camps.. Select a program to find your camp. Read More »

Overnight & Commuter Camps
Competitive Public Forum Camps
Middle School Debate Camps
High School Debate Camps
Leadership Camps
Creative Writing Camps
Lincoln Douglas Debate Camps
Day Camp Only
Debate Day Camp
Public Speaking
Leadership and Mock Trial Day Camp

About Our Workshops

After school workshops run concurrently with regular middle school semesters. These programs offer an opportunity for children to learn debate, leadership, and public speaking. Read More »

After School Workshops
Introduction to Debate Online Courses

Debate Teams

Ready to compete? Our teams receive the instruction and opportunity to compete in national tournaments. We offer programs in different locations and online to reach as many students as possible. Read More »

Capitol Classic's Debate Teams
Boston Club
Midatlantic Club – MD, VA, DC, PA, NC
National Travel Debate Team
Northeast Club – NY, NJ, CT
West Club – CA, TX, AZ, WA

Attendee Info

Already registered? Now it is time to get ready for camp. For students attending any of our summer camps or seasonal programs, please visit the appropriate page (on the left) to see information about your specific program, from packing lists to trip details. If you need to check your billing information, view your forms, or change your personal info, please visit your Online Account.

Information for Attendees
2017 Summer Camp Attendee Information
Day Camp Attendee Info
2015 Middle School Nationals
Staff Portal

Debate News

Debate News provides up-to-date information and resources to the national high school public forum debate community. It consists of tournament updates, statistics and rankings, including awards for season-long excellence.

Debate News
Media Mentions
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About Our 2017 Locations

30 Locations in 2017: More Camps Near You!

Capitol Debate’s academic summer camps are spread across the United States. In the midst of geographic and cultural diversity, there is a uniformity in our locations. All our programs, take place on beautiful campuses or in high schools, with state-of-the-art facilities. Students have access to the resources that our collegiate partners offer. We offer location from the east to the west coast:

USA_2016Our locations offer a wide selection of academic camp workshops, including Public Forum Debate, Middle School Debate, Creative Writing, and Lincoln Douglas Debate. Our day camps and after school workshops give further flexibility for students seeking instruction in debate, public speaking, mock trial, and leadership.

This variety of locations, with a variety of dates and program combinations, provides access to classes and academic resources for students around the country.

2017 Locations

Arizona State
June 3 – June 15, 2017

The 2016 university ratings by U.S. News & World Report rank ASU No. 1 among the Most Innovative Schools in America. Arizona State University is the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S. Students get to study at a University known to be a comprehensive knowledge enterprise dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact.
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University of Houston
June 3 – June 15, 2017

By popular demand, Capitol Debate is back on the University of Houston for the Summer. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the world. Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston.
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The University of Dallas, TX
June 4 – June 16, 2017

Home of the Cowboys and many of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, Dallas is a metropolitan mecca full of arts, history, sports and culture. Capitol Debate is pleased to offer students the opportunity to attend a 2016 summer debate camp program right here at The University of Dallas, TX.
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Georgia Institute of Technology
June 4 – June 16, 2017

Students can spend part of their summer at a nationally ranked, top 10 public university (according to U.S. News and World Report) by attending Capitol Debate’s summer camp program at the Georgia Institute of Technology!
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June 17 – June 29, 2017

Noted for its strong emphasis on science and technology, business management, and the law programs, the university is classified a “research ­intensive university” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Capitol Debate students will get the chance to study at a University that promotes community well­being and individual achievement through education, research, scholarship, and creative activities.
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San Jose State University
June 17 – June 29, 2017

The oldest public school of higher education in California, SJSU was designed in the Spanish Revival style with influences from Gothic, Renaissance Revival, and Modern, reflecting the rich diversity found in San Jose. History, technology, beautiful landscapes are abundant at one of Capitol Debate’s new summer camp locations, San Jose State University.
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Barry University Miami, FL
June 18 – June 30, 2017

Originally founded in 1896, Miami is one of the world’s most popular locations. It is the principal, central, and most populous of its metropolitan area and part of the second-most populous metropolis in the southeastern United States.Once ranked as “America’s Cleanest City”, Miami today is a colorful, cosmopolitan city. Capitol Debate campers will love studying in the sunny climate and natural beauty of Miami, Florida.
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Concordia University Austin, TX
June 18 – June 30, 2017

Located in Central Texas on the eastern edge of the American Southwest, Austin is the capital of the state of Texas. The city dates back to the 1830s, when the first settlers arrived in the area. The City is named for Stephen F. Austin, the “Father of Texas.” Austin is an incredible place to live, learn, and play, and Capitol Debate campers will love the opportunity they have to study in this wonderful city.
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University of San Diego
June 18 – June 30, 2017

Our west coast students will study and live at the University of San Diego. The campus is situated five miles inland, on the edge of a canyon, a short drive from La Jolla, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma. It has been ranked among the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses. The weather is absolutely perfect during the summer!
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University of North Carolina
June 18 – June 30, 2017

We are excited to announce the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of its locations for the summer. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is renowned for its beauty and strong academic culture and we are sure that every student will have a memorable camp experience.
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University of British Columbia
July 1 – July 13, 2017

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Like Capitol Debate, UBC has embraced innovation and encourages students, staff and faculty to lead discovery and explore new ways of learning with the goal of developing leaders with ideas that can change the world. Capitol Debate Campers will love studying at university that has educated seven Nobel Prize winners and three prime ministers.
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Washington University
July 16 to July 28, 2017

Washington University is a private research university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1853, and named after George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries and Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with the University. Capitol Debate campers will enjoy learning valuable life skills at this historic University.
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University of Central Florida
July 2 – July 14, 2017

The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the second-largest university in the nation. Capitol Debate campers will thoroughly enjoy this 1,415 acre campus. Their instruction in debate and the time they will spend in beautiful Orlando, Florida will be unmatched.
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Marymount University
July 2 – July 14, 2017

Founded in 1950, Marymount is a comprehensive University that emphasizes intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective. Like Capitol Debate, a Marymount education promotes career preparation, and provides opportunities for personal and professional growth. Capitol Debate campers will enjoy studying near our nation’s capitol in a student‐centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on the intellectual, ethical development of each camper.
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California State University, Fullerton
July 2 – July 14, 2017

Located in Fullerton, California, Cal State Fullerton offers students a unique debate camp experience. Capitol Debate is pleased to offer CSUF as one of our three California locations.
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Villanova University, PA
July 2 – July 14, 2017

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in history or enjoy local arts and culture, can you can find both near Villanova University, one of Capitol Debate’s summer camp locations.
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Loyola University Graduate Center
July 17 – July 28, 2017

Most of our academic day camps are held at Loyola University’s Columbia Graduate Center. The campus is the location for many of the University’s graduate programs, including it’s Masters of Business Administration. It is situated in an industrial park, close to a local church, numerous restaurants, financial institutions, and technology companies.
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Portland State University, OR
July 15 – July 27, 2017

Portland is located in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest. It is the 28th most populous city in the United States and ranks as the 8th most popular American city, based on where people want to live. Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-­to-­table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and 10,000+ acres of public parks. Capitol Debate students will love studying in this beautiful, picturesque town in America’s gorgeous Northwest.
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Iona College, New York
July 30 – August 11, 2017

Join Capitol Debate near “the city that never sleeps” during our 2017 summer camp program! We’re pleased to bring our nationally recognized debate program to Iona College, located in the vibrant college town of New Rochelle, N.Y., just 20 miles from midtown Manhattan.
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Hofstra University
July 15 – July 27, 2017

Hofstra University is a private, non­profit institution of higher learning. Its main campus is located in the village of Hempstead, New York, United States, approximately 7 miles east of New York City on a beautiful, 240-acre campus on Long Island. Capitol Debate campers will enjoy learning in state of the art classrooms and laboratory facilities, and a superb faculty during their stay at camp.
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Drew University
July 16 – July 28, 2017

Drew University is a private university located in Madison, New Jersey, in the United States. Drew has been nicknamed the “University in the Forest” because of the serenity of its beautiful wooded 186­acre campus in a thriving small town close to New York City. Dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on learning, Capitol Debate campers will get a great education in an amazing setting at Drew University this summer.
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University of Denver
July 1 to July 13, 2017

Founded in 1864, The University of Denver is the oldest independent private university in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. The 125 ­acre main campus is a designated arboretum and is located primarily about seven miles south of downtown Denver. With a stunning campus set against the background of the snowcapped Rockies Capitol Debate campers will enjoy an amazing experience at our Denver University camp.
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Loyola University Chicago
July 16 – July 28, 2017

Easily accessible for our Chicago students, Loyola University Chicago is renowned for its educational spirit and we are sure that every student will have a memorable camp experience at this incredible new location. It is currently (2014) ranked number 101 among national universities.
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Loyola University Maryland
July 16 – July 28, 2017

Students at our debate camps stay in Loyola’s dormitories and have access to extensive academic and athletic resources. Loyola’s beautiful campus sets on 79 acres in a northern Baltimore suburb. Debate students live in apartment-style dorms, dubbed “palaces” by The Princeton Review, with private bathrooms, living areas, dining rooms, and kitchens.
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Kean University
July 29 – August 10, 2017

With a rich history in higher education that spans over 150 years since its founding in 1855, Kean University is a world-class, vibrant and diverse university. Kean distinguishes itself through excellence in academics, a commitment to the success of every student, and a dedication to preparing students for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and fulfilling lives. Capitol Debate campers will love studying at this beautiful University in New Jersey.
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Babson College, Boston
July 29 – August 10, 2017

Capitol Debate is proud to offer it’s renowned summer program at Babson College by popular demand. Students at Capitol Debate’s Babson College Debate Camp will be housed in Mandel Hall, the newest and nicest residential building on Babson’s campus.
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American University
July 30 – August 11, 2017

Chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893 as “The American University,” and approved by President Benjamin Harrison, American University is currently ranked in the top 10 in the world for both Graduate and Undergraduate programs.
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Rider University, NJ
July 30 – August 11, 2017

Capitol Debate is pleased to offer our Princeton Summer Debate Camp, located at the beautiful 280 acre enclosed Rider University Campus in the Lawrenceville Township, just outside of Princeton, New Jersey.
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Iona College, New York
July 30 – August 11, 2017

Join Capitol Debate near “the city that never sleeps” during our summer camp program! We’re pleased to bring our nationally recognized debate program to Iona College, located in the vibrant college town of New Rochelle, N.Y., just 20 miles from midtown Manhattan.
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Cornish College of Arts, WA
July 30 – August 11, 2017

We’re excited to offer several west coast locations for our summer camp programs, including Seattle, Washington. Capitol Debate’s summer camp is located in a thriving neighborhood in Seattle, easily accessible from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and through Amtrak, light rail and bus.
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