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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! Complete description »
*Cost covers tuition, room, and board;however, the commuter option does not include breakfast. Additionally, the cost excludes $75 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance. Please note that all program prices are subject to change without notice.
Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.
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Dorms: Our campers will be housed in Letts Hall. Letts Hall has a traditional residence hall design with corridor-style rooms and shared hall bathrooms on the north and south sides of the building. It is secured 24 hours a day via swipe cards.Each floor community has a central lounge space with a kitchen, lounge furniture, and television for us to host residential life activities. Each floor has a study lounge used as a study location or a meeting space, as well as a laundry room. The Sky Lounge is a entertainment and programming space praised for its views of the city.
Dining: Students are going to have an authentic university dining experience at the Terrace Dining Room. Terrace Dining Room features a host of local sustainable entrees, international cuisine and home-style entrees.
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.
They bring their communication and research skills from the camp back to their classroom and school. The debate program has transformed their leadership skills that they are able to step into leadership roles at their schools with confidence. They lead the swim team and debate group and help other students at their high schools. I am very satisfied. I continue to send them back to the debate camp year after year and will also send two more of my children when they are old enough. I highly recommend this program to parents who are considering sending their kids in the future.
Allowing your child to attend this camp is life changing in a very good way!
I came, not a very good speaker but with the help of my instructors and newly made friends, i learned to become more confident speaking in front of others.
My daughter had a blast! She loves debate, so having an opportunity to have a ton of fun while learning more about debate was a perfect combination. Staying on campus was a great experience for her. She matured even more in those 2 weeks. She seemed like a true college student when we picked her up.
Camp was really fun and the instructors taught us a lot about debate and how we can be more persuasive!
We have two boys who attended camp for several years and have not only had a blast but come home each time as better men. They are growing up before our eyes and have gained confidence, independence, communication & writing skills and a love for debating. They work hard & play hard. They have lots of freedom in a safe environment and have maintained several friendships outside of camp. The various extracurricular activities (sports, movies and field trips) make for a nice balance & provided them with the break they needed.
I had never considered myself to be able to become good at public speaking, but I think that I've improved a lot here. I've made lots of new friends, and I'm amazed on how close we all got and how much I'll miss them all. Also, the staff is amazing!
It is not the subject of the camp, but the people who make it up. It is not how we change the camp that makes it better, but how the camp changes us. It is not one side, but a symbiosis of student and staff that is optimally shown at Capitol Debate. Thank you, Rider 2017, for how you changed me.
Capitol Debate changed my life! I learned so much about debate and met many new friends! It was the greatest camp ever!
Over the past two years, the highlight of my summers have been Capitol Debate camps. These camps provide such an enjoyable learning opportunity as well as lifelong friendships and incredible instructors. These two weeks flew by, and I am looking forward to next time!
Capitol Debate is the nation's leading expert in teaching communication skills to middle school and high school students. Our nationally recognized staff has hundreds of years of pedagogical experience in helping youth find their voice. Thousands of shy students have walked through our doors in our nearly 20 years of summer camps to become confident young adults and leaders in their community.
We 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.
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.
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.
Please note that 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 cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.