Middle School Debate Camps

Maryland, New Jersey, Chicago, Boston, Houston, North Carolina, and California Academic Debate Camps

2015 Camp Dates!

June 7 - June 19, 2015
University of Houston
June 21 - July 3, 2015
The University of San Diego
June 27-July 9, 2015
Loyola University Chicago
June 28 - July 10, 2015
University of North Carolina
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Camp Rate Late Rate
  After Apr 1
Overnight $2,995 $3,395
Commuter $2,595 $2,995
 

Grades

Rising 6th to Rising 8th

Program Overview

Our middle school debate camps teach the fundamentals of argumentation, enabling kids to develop core debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. They offer students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment.

The curricula of our middle school debate camps aim to equip children to structure arguments, prepare debate cases, research evidence, write rebuttal briefs, deliver speeches, and refute opponents. It will prepare students to give outstanding speeches in class, perform in a school debate, join their high school debate teams, Model United Nations teams, or speech teams.

Not only will our students learn debating skills, they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills, and improve communication with their peers.

How We Teach

We challenge our debate students to apply the material they have learned in their lectures. Rather than just hearing and forgetting huge amounts of information, they put into practice the theories presented in class.

For example, following a lecture on evidence and statistics children will be split into small groups. With the guidance of experienced instructors, our middle school debate students will test their understanding by examining evidence and finding flaws in the statistics presented.

Our experience has shown that such exercises best develop, stretch, and cement a child’s understanding of the core skills we are teaching, helping them to maximize their potential

What We Teach

Students of our middle school debate institutes learn to:

  • Deliver Winning Speeches
  • Refute the Opposing Debate Team
  • Take Notes During a Debate
  • Cross-Examine Their Debate Opponents
  • Structure Their Arguments
  • Back-Up Their Arguments with Evidence
  • Research the Evidence They Need
  • Write Persuasive Cases
  • Draft Rebuttal Briefs

Schedule

Our typical day consists of lessons, followed by application, speech and debate practice, activity time and free time.  After 20 years of teaching debate camp, our renowned Faculty and staff have developed a schedule that inspires and motivates learning in a safe and fun environment.  Click here to see a sample camp schedule.

We Make Debaters Better

Middle school debate is a chance for children to practice basic argument skills, with the guidance of our experienced teachers. Each camper receives detailed feedback, notes, and instructions about how to improve. They review, refine, and re-deliver their debates the next day. Parents, your child will become a better debater.

Academic Camps Allow Children to Learn, Grow, and Gain Real Experience

Our debate camps are specifically designed to provide practical application. Campers have access to expert training. They have access to all the tools they need to grow and progress in debate.

**Cancellation and Refund Policy: Payments are nonrefundable. Credit will be provided up to 1 year from the date of the event. Full payments are fully nonrefundable but you can use 100 percent of it as credit one year after the date of the event.

Middle School Debate Camp Sample Schedule
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Middle School Programs Offered

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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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.

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We are excited to announce the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of its locations for the summer of 2015. 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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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. Loyola University Chicago is currently (2014) ranked number 101 among national universities and is consistently named a “best value” school by U.S. News & World Report.

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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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We’ve had an incredible demand for our Lawerenceville School Summer Debate Camp. We are currently sold out at this location and are no longer accepting wait-list applicants due to the extensive list.

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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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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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Register Now – Commuter