Yale University Summer Debate Camp Tour

  • Dates: June 24 to July 4, 2024
  • Ages (as of camp): 13-17
  • Dorm: Tentatively Pauli Murray, Air Chilled
  • Dining: Pauli Murray All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Yale University's rich history in academics and architecture, combined with Capitol Debate's expert instruction, creates an unparalleled learning environment for debate students.
Yale University's classrooms are designed to foster an environment of active learning and dynamic debate. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and resources, these spaces provide the perfect setting for students to explore the art of debate, engage in critical thinking, and collaborate with peers. The modern, well-equipped facilities at Yale ensure that every student has access to the best educational experiences.
The dorms at Pauli Murray College offer suite-style living with 2 to 4 rooms per suite and communal bathrooms on each floor, providing comfort and convenience. The Buttery in the basement is a recreational hub with games like ping pong, pool, and foosball, fostering a vibrant student life. The Movie and TV Room, as part of The Buttery, offers a cozy space for relaxation and socializing. These amenities create a supportive and engaging environment for students during their stay at Yale University.
  • The Buttery: A vibrant student hub with games like ping pong, pool, and foosball. Also serves as a venue for student events and performances.
  • Movie and TV Room: A comfortable space for screenings and socializing.
  • Indoor Basketball Court: A regulation-sized court for sports and activities, enhancing student life.
The Pauli Murray Dining Hall offers a world-class dining experience with a modern design and spacious interior. A diverse menu caters to various dietary needs, featuring sustainably sourced ingredients. The dining hall's communal tables and inviting atmosphere encourage socialization and community building among students.
Yale University, known for its academic excellence and historic campus, provides an enriching backdrop for debate students. The combination of Yale's architectural beauty and Capitol Debate's program allows students to engage deeply with debate in an inspiring setting.

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Capitol Debate Summer Camps - 2024 is operated independently of Yale University and is not sponsored or endorsed by the University. The views expressed in connection with the program are not the official positions, statements of advice nor opinions of Yale University and should not be viewed as an endorsement by Yale of any such views or statements.

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