Lawrenceville Summer Debate Camp Video Tour!

Experience the prestigious setting of The Lawrenceville School this summer with Capitol Debate. As one of the oldest boarding schools in the United States, Lawrenceville boasts a rich history and a 700-acre campus that combines traditional charm with state-of-the-art facilities. It's the perfect backdrop for our Capitol Debate program, offering an inspiring and intellectually stimulating environment for students to hone their public speaking and debate skills. Here, your child will have the unique opportunity to grow and learn in an atmosphere of academic excellence and cultural diversity, making it an ideal location for young debaters to discover their potential and voice.
Noye Hall's 14 modern classrooms and auditorium create the perfect setting for immersive debate training.
Dawes House, a traditional dormitory at the prestigious Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, offers a classic architectural charm, comfortably sized and air-conditioned rooms, ensuring a pleasant stay for all students. The majority of rooms are singles, providing privacy and a serene space for students to focus on their studies and rest. The dormitory features well-maintained bathrooms conveniently located in the hallways. Additionally, Dawes House is equipped with lounges that are large enough for fun and camaraderie, enhancing the traditional dormitory experience while prioritizing academic pursuits.
Immerse yourself in 'The Bowl's' large, well-maintained playing fields, bringing a balanced athletic dimension to your debate camp journey.
Experience the new Tsai Commons, a hub for community and dining designed to foster belonging and enrich the social fabric of the camp.

Ages: 11-17. Entering 6th grade to entering 12th grade in the fall after camp. 

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Capitol Debate is pleased to return to the historic Lawrenceville School, just outside of Princeton, New Jersey. The Lawrenceville School is one of the most prestigious schools in the entire world and has been ranked as the number one private high school in the country, with an average SAT score of 1430 and an ACT score of 32. The school is fully gated and is only accessible to the public during daylight. Security patrols the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Classrooms are state-of-the-art and contain amenities such as SmartBoards, offering a summer learning environment that is second-to-none.

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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Expert Staff

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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