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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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2017 Summer Debate Camps


High School Debate Camp

The High School Public Forum Debate Camp teaches students the key processes of effective debate such as case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life.

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Middle School Debate Camp

The Middle School Debate Camp teaches the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling students to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. The camp offer students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun!

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Creative Writing Camp

The Creative writing camp lets children learn the basics of constructing original works of literature. They learn tried and true techniques while still developing their own voice and style. Students will study the works of great authors, past and present, learn stylistic literary methods, and begin composing their own works.

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Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp

The best way to promote in depth understanding of Lincoln Douglas concepts and positions is through application and skill-building exercises. Students apply the many concepts they are introduced to in lectures labs by utilizing a variety of drills, speaking exercises, mini debates, and practice debates to emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned.

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Leadership Camp

Focusing on empowering tomorrow’s leaders, the Capitol Debate Leadership Program is a distinct and innovative, two-week, character development and leadership program aimed to provide students the unique opportunity to develop in-demand leadership skills built upon a foundation of strong personal character.

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2017 Rates

Residential Rates Commuter Rates  
$3,095 $2,795 For a limited time only
$3,395 $2,995 If you register after May 1
An additional fee of $47.50 is assessed for safety regulations and Local & Federal governmental compliance
Registration Closes June 1, 2017

Accepting All Experience Levels

Capitol Debate is the nation’s leading expert in teaching debate to middle school and high school students. Never debated before? No worries. Our nationally recognized staff has hundreds of years of pedagogical experience in helping youth find their voice. Thousands of shy students have walked through our doors in our nearly 20 years of summer camps to become confident young adults and leaders in their community.

Are you a competitive debater? You have come to the right place. Our Senior Instructors have coached more national champions than any other camp in the nation. Our alumni have won the Tournament of Champions, the National Forensics League Championships, and the National Catholic Forensics League Nationals! Come join other experienced debaters as we guide you to the next level of competition!

So whether you are a middle school student or a high school student, or whether you are brand new or have many years of competitive experience, we have a class for you. Students are placed in the right class based on age and experience level.

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 embarks on the University of Houston for the Summer of 2015 from June 7 to June 19. 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 Texas at Dallas
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 Texas Dallas.
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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 2016 summer camp program at the Georgia Institute of Technology – a new location for 2016!
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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 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 in 2016.
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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 new summer camp locations for 2016.
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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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Hofstra University
July 16 – July 28, 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 16 – July 28, 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 2016 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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We know when it comes to your sending your loved ones to camp you want to make sure they are safe and cared for. Here at Capitol Debate we take pride in providing a safe, fun & educational environment that you can feel great about and that your children will love. We would love to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.

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The Capitol Advantage

Expert Staff

We have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of the debating & public speaking.
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Top of the Line Curriculum

Our programs draw students from around the world because we focus on our resources year round to ensure that we can bring the best information to our students. Our curriculum focuses on theory and application to provide results that you will be able to see as they become better, more confident speakers.

Convenient Locations

Capitol Debate’s academic summer camps are spread across the United States, from East to West.

    Rest assured that students will get top-notch instruction with the Capitol Debate Guarantee:

  • Low faculty to student ratio – Capitol Debate firmly believes in individualized instruction, which can only happen with small class sizes. We promise an 8:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • Personalized Instruction – Capitol Debate instructors give students hands-on instruction with researching, writing, speaking and organizing. After practice debates, instructors give students lengthy feedback to help them improve their skills.
  • Senior faculty oversee all classes – Unlike other debate camps, Capitol Debate’s instructors have an average of 15 to 30 years of pedagogical experience in the classroom. Many have coached national champions!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice – We make sure students are not just sitting in lectures, but instead are getting up and speaking every day and applying the lessons learned in a small group setting.

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Cancellation Policy: All payments are nonrefundable. Should cancellation be necessary, a Capitol Debate account credit for the tuition only will be provided for use up to 1 year from the final date of the program originally purchased. All requests for cancellation must be made in writing and be sent electronically to Any request for cancellation must be made prior to the closing date for registration for your program. Any and all payments made towards additional add-on packages (including but not limited to snack packs and residential packs) are non-refundable and are non-creditable. Should cancellation be necessary, all payments made towards add-ons will be retained as non-refundable. Any and all payments made toward additional fees (including but not limited to the Safety and Compliance Fee) are non-refundable and non-creditable. Should cancellation be necessary, all payments made towards additional fees will be retained as non-refundable. Cancellations received on or after the closing date for registration for the program you have purchased will follow the sliding schedule below for application of credit to your Capitol Debate account.
Cancellations within the policy will be credited as follows:
  • After Closing Date for Registration | 85% credit
  • 30 – 22 days before start date | 70% credit
  • 21 – 8 days before start date | 60% credit
  • 7 – 4 days before start date | 50% credit
  • 3 – 1 day before start date | 25% credit
  • No Show | 0 credit
Trip / Cancellation Insurance: Trip and/or Cancellation Insurance can be purchased through a 3rd party provider such as or Plans range in cost from $20 to $285 and can protect your investment in various ways from lost luggage or missed connection compensation to cancellation for any reason with 70% – 100% refund options. Most plans require enrollment on or before the final payment is made for your trip so please be sure to look into these available options today.
For more information about Capitol Debate’s policies, terms and conditions of registration, please see our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.