Leadership Camps

Program Overview

The world is changing fast and the way our children must successfully navigate through it is evolving at a neck-breaking pace. 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. Our two-week program will provide students with the proper mindset, skillset, toolset and critical leadership skills needed for success in today’s middle schools, high schools and beyond.

To this end, we offer a wide range of structured experiences designed to: build trust, facilitate effective communication; promote wellness, self-respect, tolerance, and personal insight. Our Youth Leadership Program is filled with distinctive experiences, hands-on exercises, interactive lectures and workshops designed to bring these concepts to life. Our students learn to work together to develop and inspire effective change in their own lives, their communities and the lives of those around them.

2017 Rates & Hours


Tuition: $3,395 – For a limited time only
Registration Closes May 24
Rates includes Tuition, Room and Board
Check-In: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on First Day of Camp
Pick-Up 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Last Day of Camp
Field Trip: 5th Day of Camp Fun Outing 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Meals: All meals provided except during field trip
Fees: An additional fee of $47.50 is assessed to comply with federal,
state and local government regulations


Tuition: $2,995 – For a limited time only
Registration Closes May 24
Rate includes Tuition, Room, and Board
Check-In: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. First Day of Camp
8:30 a.m. each Morning
Pick-Up 7:00 p.m. each Evening
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Last Day of Camp
Field Trip: 5th Day of Camp Fun Outing 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner provided except on field trip
Fees: An additional fee of $47.50 is assessed to comply with federal,
state and local government regulations
    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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The Capitol Debate Leadership Program will introduce campers to techniques specifically designed to identify, nurture and strengthen the leaders which reside within them. We will share the most current and effective leadership skills being used today and prepare them for the real-world work and life environments in which they will soon find themselves.

Our goal is to educate, arm and develop youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities and to foster relationships among students from different ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds.

  • How to move beyond fear and limiting beliefs
  • Out of the box thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Teamwork and team building skills
  • Confidence building techniques
  • Public Speaking skills
  • Goal setting
  • Strategic Crossfire Techniques
  • Decision making skills
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Stimulate idea development
  • Self expression

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Practice & Applications

The most effective way to implement new ideas, concepts and strategies into a student’s life is to put them into practice immediately. We realize that our campers are being lectured during the entire school year. Our goal is for campers to have a transformational experience and The Capitol Debate Youth Leadership Camp accomplishes this through exciting, hands-on exercises, fun team-building exercises and distinct, interactive experiences designed to promote growth and enjoyment. Afterall, it is summer camp, not summer school.

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Sample Schedule

Here is a sample daily schedule for our overnight and commuter camps:

  • 7:30 a.m. – Overnight Campers
    rise and shine! We offer an expansive breakfast in the campus dining hall, which includes eggs, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, yogurt and fruit.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Commuters arrive
    and sign in at designated location.
  • 8:45 a.m. – Morning Announcements
    and review of activities for the day.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Skill lessons
    (ex: Defining Leadership)
    Students brainstorm for a list of who they believe are leaders. They then analyze and discuss what are the common characteristics amongst them.
  • 10:00 a.m. – Small group exercises
    (ex: self identification)
    students identify their leaders amongst their peers. This activity is followed by identifying why they believe such students to be leaders and what characteristics they appear to have in common.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Elective Course
    can be on topic analysis, international relations theory, economics, feminism, critical theory, advanced brief writing, and other pertinent topics to the resolution.
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
    in campus dining hall for overnight students and commuters.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Lab time
    Hands-on instruction in goal setting, prioritizing and identifying values.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Free time
    Join a game of basketball, swim, shoot pool, play foosball, soccer, video games, frisbee or watch TV on the big screen!
  • 5:30 p.m. – Dinner
    Buffet dinner for overnight students and commuters.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Guest lecturer
    Specialists in areas such as economics, foreign policy, environment, criminal justice and law are invited to speak to the students about contemporary issues.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Practice Debates
  • 8:00 p.m. – Commuters Depart
  • 8:00 p.m. – Activities
    in dorm, ice cream socials, movies, and games.
  • 10:00 p.m. – Room check and curfew.

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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.
Register Now – Chapel Hill
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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 team@capitoldebate.com. 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 www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com. 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.