Rider University Summer Debate Camp Video Tour!

  • Dates: July 21 to August 1, 2024
  • Ages (as of camp): 11-17
  • Dorm: Lakehouse or Wright Hall - Traditional, Air-Conditioned
  • Dining: Daley Graydon Dining Hall
  • Early Bird Price until January 31, 2024: Commuter: $3399.00 $2699.00, Residential: $4199.00 $3499.00
  • 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
The Lynch and Adler Buildings at Rider University house exceptional classrooms that elevate the learning experience for students attending academic programs on campus. These state-of-the-art facilities feature advanced technology and modern furnishings, creating an engaging and interactive atmosphere that sparks creativity and critical thinking. Bright, spacious, and equipped with the latest audiovisual systems, the classrooms in these buildings enable seamless communication and collaboration, ensuring that every voice is heard and valued.
Lakehouse Dorms at Rider University provide a comfortable and convenient home away from home. These state-of-the-art residential facilities boast spacious, fully furnished rooms equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a pleasant and safe environment. The dorms thoughtfully separate boys and girls, with communal areas designed to nurture community and friendships, nestled amidst lush greenery and overlooking a serene lake.
The Campus Mall at Rider University is an expansive green space, perfect for relaxation and leisure activities. Students can enjoy outdoor basketball courts, pool tables, ping pong tables, and foosball, making it a vibrant spot for physical activity and social interaction.
Daly Hall at Rider University offers a dining experience with nutritious and delicious meal options to cater to diverse palates and dietary needs. The dining hall features a variety of stations with both hot and cold meals, including vegetarian and vegan options, making it a lively social hub for campers.
Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, provides an idyllic setting for summer debate camps. The serene campus offers an environment conducive to developing communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills. It is a place where young adults can forge lasting friendships and embark on a transformative journey.


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Capitol Debate is pleased to offer our one of our most popular debate camps in New Jersey, located at the beautiful 280 acre enclosed Rider University at Lawrenceville Township, just outside of Princeton, New Jersey. Rider University provides students with over 70 choices of undergraduate majors and over 40 graduate-level degree programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, music, fine and performing arts, counseling, as well as human services and leadership.

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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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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 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
  • 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