Leadership and Mock Trial Day Camp

Youth Leadership Programs in Columbia, Maryland


Rising 4th to Rising 9th

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Program Overview

Children and teens go through stages and challenges as they progress through school. They worry about image and re-evaluate themselves in light of the physical, mental, and emotional changes they are going through. Developing leadership skills at this critical stage enhances self-esteem and self-worth. It creates confidence and a strong belief in their abilities.

When they attend our summer debate camps, students participate in our youth leadership programs. They learn the core leadership skills that will help them maximize and reach their full potential. These skills enable them to stand out among their peers and build competencies that they will carry with them all their lives.


We Make Leaders Better

Our instructors teach without micromanaging. They guide without pushing. Students see the difference between genuine, caring leadership and detached, careless dictating. Our staff are trained to watch each student, within each group, and insightfully suggest ways to improve their team dynamics. Parents, your student will learn to become a leader.

Leadership principles are incorporated into our debate programs. As students begin to research, write, and argue together, they are forced to learn leadership as they simultaneously aid and guide their groups.



Program Overview

Our mock trial camps are intended to train students to express their opinions and develop their communication skills, as they participate in mock trials. They will have the chance to build confidence and debate skills in a comfortable environment.

Through participating in our middle school debate camps, students will have access to expert instruction and the resources and training necessary for success in debate. Our aim is to equip each camper with the tools needed for mock trial. They will learn the basic techniques that lawyers and debaters use in the courtroom, such as delivering speeches, cross-examining, and gathering evidence.

How We Teach

We have structured our debate camp programs so that students apply the material they have learned in their lectures. Instead of just taking notes they put into practice the ideas covered in class.

Following a class on mock trial techniques, students will be placed into small teams.  Using the theories presented in the course, they will organize and brainstorm ideas, gather evidence, and prepare speeches in preparation for defending their case. They will argue against their opponents’ case by cross-examining witnesses, finding faults with their evidence and arguments, and speaking eloquently in their own case’s defense.

Our classes are organized according to experience level, which allows campers to progress at a comfortable, yet rapid pace. Realistic exercises are the best at developing, stretching, and cementing a student’s understanding of the theories we are teaching.

What We Teach

Campers at our middle school debate institutes will learn:

  • Organization Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Techniques for Preparing and Delivering Speeches
  • How To Cross-Examine Witnesses
  • Debating Skills
  • Communication Skills
Cancellation Policy: All payments are nonrefundable. Should cancellation be necessary, full credit will be provided up to 1 year from the date of the event, if written notice of cancellation is provided prior to May 1st for camps and at least two weeks for other programs. Any add-ons, tournament or fees paid cannot be refunded and are non-transferrable. Summer camp cancellations received after May 1st or programs cancellations after two weeks prior to program starting must also be made in writing and will follow the below schedule for applicable credit to your account.
    Camp cancellation credit timetable:
  • After May 1 | 85% credit
  • 30 - 22 days before start date | 70% credit
  • 21 - 8 days before start date | 60% credit
  • 7 - 4 days before start date | 50% credit
  • 3 - 1 day before start date | 25% credit
  • No Show | 0 credit
    Other programs cancellation credit timetable:
  • Two weeks before program start | 100% credit
  • Within two weeks before program start | 50% credit
  • Day of or No Show | 0% credit

  • For more information about Capitol Debate’s policies, terms and conditions of registration, please see our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.
Trip / Cancellation Insurance: Trip and/or Cancellation Insurance can be purchased through a 3rd party provider such as www.aplusplans.com/ or www.insuremytrip.com. Plans range in cost from $20 to $285 and can protect your investment in various ways from lost luggage or missed connection compensation to cancellation for any reason with 70% - 100% refund options. Most plans require enrollment on or before the final payment is made for your trip so please be sure to look into these available options today.