American University Summer Debate Camp Video Tour!

  • Dates: July 21 to August 1, 2024
  • Ages (as of camp): 11-17
  • Dorm: Lett's Hall - Traditional Style High Rise, Air-Conditioned. Doubles
  • Dining: Mary Graydon Center, All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
  • Early Bird Price until April 4, 2024:
    • Commuter: $3799.00 $2999.00
    • Residential: $4199.00 $3799.00
  • Residential Check-In: Sunday, July 21, 2024 6 to 8 p.m. ET
  • Commuter Check-In: Monday, July 22, 2024 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Check-out: Thursday, August 1, 2024 Noon ET (following Parent Demonstration Debates and Award Ceremony Starting at 9 am)
Step into the modern, well-equipped classrooms at American University, where each space is designed for dynamic learning and spirited debate. Surrounded by the latest educational technology and resources, students can delve deep into discussions, strategy formulation, and critical analyses. These classrooms serve as incubators for the next generation of thinkers and leaders, offering a conducive environment for developing skills essential for success in debate and beyond.
Letts Hall, a central feature of American University, offers a perfect living solution for debate camp enthusiasts. This residence hall, known for its blend of comfort and practicality, houses spacious double rooms equipped with modern amenities and shared hall bathrooms. The communal areas, encompassing lounges, study spaces, and kitchens, are ideal for debate camp students to engage in thoughtful discussions, prepare for upcoming debates, or relax after a day full of learning and competition. Letts Hall enriches the debate camp experience, providing a supportive environment that fosters both academic excellence and meaningful social connections.
The Quad at American University is a centerpiece for outdoor activity and relaxation, especially cherished by debate camp attendees. This expansive area, adorned with lush green fields and outdoor basketball courts, offers a haven for physical activity and leisure. Students can enjoy spirited basketball games, engage in various outdoor exercises, or simply bask in the tranquility of this open space. The Quad serves as an ideal counterbalance to the intellectual stimulation of debate, providing a space where students can recharge, build friendships, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
The Mary Graydon Center (MGC) stands as a vibrant hub for student life at American University, especially for those attending the debate camp. Its dining hall is a testament to this vibrancy, offering a wide array of meal options that cater to various dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher choices. In the spacious and modern Mary Graydon Dining Hall, debate camp students find a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy meals and socialize. The menu is a culinary adventure, featuring traditional American dishes alongside international cuisines, allowing students to explore a world of flavors. More than just a place for dining, the Mary Graydon Dining Hall is a communal space where debate campers can connect, exchange ideas, and foster a sense of community amidst the excitement of the camp.

Immerse yourself in the world of debate at American University, located in the heart of Washington, D.C. This prestigious setting offers an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the political and cultural heartbeat of the nation. As you explore the art of debate in a city that's home to pivotal decision-making and historical landmarks, you'll gain unique insights and experiences. American University provides the perfect backdrop for a transformative summer camp, where students not only enhance their debate skills but also connect with the essence of our democracy.

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Capitol Debate: Nurturing Tomorrow's Leaders Through Speech & Debate!

Embark on a two-week transformative experience with Capitol Debate. From engaging lectures and personalized labs to practical applications and dedicated supervision, witness firsthand the unparalleled commitment we have to every student's growth. Whether a beginner or seasoned debater, every moment is designed for learning, speaking, and succeeding. Let the rhythm of our dedicated days and the passion of our esteemed staff show you why speech and debate is a pivotal tool for the future.


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Capitol Advantage SealWe have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of debating & public speaking. Click here to view our full staff listing.

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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.

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Capitol Debate’s academic summer programs are spread across the United States, from East to West as well as internationally. With such a large number of location available you're bound to find the perfect summer debate program location for you.

  • Low faculty to student ratio – Capitol Debate firmly believes in individualized instruction, which can only happen with small class sizes.
  • 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 programs, 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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Leading Curriculum

At our Public Speaking and Debate Program level, middle school and high school students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling them to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. Students at the Public Speaking and Debate Program level will work on effective public speaking and argumentation, allowing them to further advance their presentation and debate skills to prepare them for the real world. Capitol Debate offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun!


At Capitol Debate summer programs, students will learn the art of public speaking and debate. Students will cover many topics including:

  • Structuring Arguments
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  • Researching Evidence
  • Writing Persuasive Cases
  • Drafting Rebuttal Briefs
  • Organizing Ideas
  • Delivering Winning Speeches
  • Standing Up Confident
  • Articulating Ideas
  • Refuting Opposition
  • Listening Carefully
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