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American University Public Speaking and Debate Camp, Washington, DC

Located in Washington, D.C.'s vibrant heart, American University's summer public speaking and debate camp is an unparalleled experience. Here, campers dive deep into the capital's political and cultural epicenter, mastering pubic speaking and debate skills that are invaluable across all professions. The University's world-class facilities support a myriad of activities, from athletics to tech, all under the guidance of our dedicated staff. Beyond skills, our camp nurtures community, fostering friendships and personal growth.

American University boasts sprawling green landscapes and outdoor basketball courts for recreational fun. Letts Hall, the premier residence on campus, offers spacious living with modern amenities. Its strategic location and community-driven programs make it a genuine home away from home. For dining, the Mary Graydon Center stands out. With diverse culinary offerings, it caters to all palates while promoting a vibrant student community. Join us this summer for a unique D.C. experience at American University.

Ages (as of camp): 11-17

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Dates: July 21 to August 1, 2024
Dorm: Lett's Hall - Traditional Style High Rise, Air-Conditioned.  All Doubles.
Dining: Mary Graydon Center, All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
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)

See for Yourself the Impact of Our Summer Camps!

Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new skills through our programs; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve public speaking and communication skills with their peers. Two weeks at camp will result in lifelong friendships and memories that will resonate with our students throughout their academic, personal and professional careers. Campers return to our program year after year because of how life-changing our Summer Debate Camps prove to be. Our parents will tell you themselves that they proudly stand by their investment in Capitol Debate because of the impact it has had on their families.

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What to Expect at a Capitol Debate Camp

Expert Staff

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.

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 as well as internationally. With such a large number of location available you're bound to find the perfect camp 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 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.

Expert Staff


Leading Curriculum

At our Public Speaking and Debate Camp 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 Camp 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. The camp offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun!


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

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