Why Thousands Have Chosen Capitol Debate

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Culturally Diverse

Capitol Debate programs draw students from around the world and our locations provide the resources to make every student’s stay rewarding. Our decades of experience let us create some of the safest and most secure academic programs in the country.
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Experienced Staff

We have a group of qualified educators who have taught and competed public speaking and debate for years, as well as residential advisors that are dedicated to making your students stay memorable as well outside of our classrooms.
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Fun & Safe Environment

The key ingredient that we add, the ingredient that makes everything work together, is fun. Our students genuinely have fun at our camps.
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Self Growth

Students gain the public speaking and debate skills they need to succeed in their personal and professional careers outside of the classroom. Our academic standards are high, which means our students are pushed to improve. They learn logic, critical
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Culturally Diverse

Capitol Debate programs draw students from around the world and our locations provide the resources to make every student’s stay rewarding. Our decades of experience let us create some of the safest and most secure academic programs in the country.
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Ready to Give your Student the Experience of a Lifetime?

With over 40 camps in 2020, Capitol Debate will transform thousands of lives this year. Capitol Debate has a proven track record of producing champions & Ivy League scholars.

Creating A Fun, Safe, & Supportive Environment

When we first developed Capitol Debate in 2006, and started our academic summer camps across Maryland and Virginia, our primary goal was to enrich the social, intellectual, and academic lives of our students through the debating process. We believe this would help them to cultivate the public speaking and leadership skills that are so vital to later career success.

Our goal hasn’t changed. While our academic camps have grown to serve thousands of students, the core value has remained at the heart of all our programs and activities.

With over 40 academic camps planned throughout the United States, Canada and Singapore, geographic expansion and adherence to our guiding principle have enabled us to enhance the lives of students across the world.

Our goal is to provide every single student access to debate through our programs, which is why we continue our expansion and have established our International Club Debate League.

Join us as we help youth find their voice and passion through debate!

Ronald Bratt

CEO
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Safe & Secure

It is our most important priority to ensure that the high standards held of our facilities and staff provide you and your family peace of mind while your student is with us at any of our summer camps or year round programs.

It is our most important priority to ensure that the high standards held of our facilities and staff provide you and your family peace of mind while your student is with us at any of our summer camps or year round programs.

When your child arrives to camp on the first day, they will be introduced to our staff members, peers, and our summer camp policies and guidelines. We establish these policies and guidelines to keep campers safe, happy, and healthy, during the time that they are under our watch.

  • State and federal background checks performed on all staff
  • Adult dorm directors present 24/7
  • Extensive safety training required for all staff
  • Nut-Free Policy activated at all camp locations
  • Swipe Card / Key coded access to enter buildings
  • Residential advisors on every floor
  • Students are required to remain in groups all day
  • Students are not permitted to wander alone or leave campus
  • Attendance is taken at every class to ensure students' safe arrival

At Capitol Debate, we have a strict NO Bullying policy and we will investigate and act on any case brought to our attention which involves accusations of such.

We have been running debate camps for more than 20 years. Our academic camp staff have over a century of combined industry experience. We study the standards of the American Camp Association closely to ensure our safety standards meet the maximum requirements. We have extensive measures for dealing with conflicts and crises. Capitol Debate us one of the safest, most secure summer camp programs in the country.

A supportive and shielded community lets students learn, free from unnecessary pressures or concerns. It allows parents to feel confident in their decision to send their children to camp. It allows us to create one of the best academic summer camps in the United States and across the world.

Widely Attended

Our academic summer camps and programs attract students from around the world.

Our academic summer programs include a cross-section of world cultures, creating an inspiring atmosphere for innovation and camaraderie. Students have the opportunity to interact and learn with like-minded children from across the United States and the entire world.

We have students from most US states and more than 15 countries attending our summer academic camp programs, middle school debate summer camp programs, high school debate summer camp programs, business communication summer camp programs, public speaking summer camp programs, leadership development summer camps and youth leadership summer camps.

Our summer academic programs have included international students from: Taiwan, China, Korea, India, Singapore, Mexico, Serbia, England, the Caribbean islands, Russia, South America, Canada, the Philippines, and many other countries. Using the platform of debate, our summer camp students are able to learn ways to speak confidently and improve their communication skills through a myriad of classroom activities.

Whether students are coming to camp for debate, public speaking, research, gifted learning, writing or leadership training, Capitol Debate teaches children to think, to think differently, and to think with others to achieve success through creative cooperation.