Babson College, Boston

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Summer Debate Camps: Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate

Babson College is a private business school located in the affluent Boston suburb of Wellesley, Massachusetts. An independent, not-for-profit institution, Babson is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). 2015-2016 academic year, more than 2,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students are attending Babson, representing more than 80 countries. As the No. 1 leader in entrepreneurship for 20 consecutive years, Babson is globally recognized for its one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A) methodology that teaches undergraduates, graduates, and executives to balance action, experimentation, and creativity with a deep understanding of business fundamentals and rigorous analysis as the ideal approach to creating economic and social value.

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Capitol Debate Summer Camps at Babson College, Boston

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp - 4 Spaces Left
    July 27 to August 8, 2019
    Commuter Cost: $3099 | Residential Cost: $3699*
  • 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 »


  • Public Forum Debate Camp
    July 27 to August 8, 2019
    Commuter Cost: $3099 | Residential Cost: $3699*
  • The Public Forum Debate Camp for Middle & High School students teaches students the key processes of effective debate such as case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life. This curriculum is offered for students with at least 1 year minimum of competition experience within Public Forum Debate. Complete description »


  • One Week Summer Debate Rookie Camp
    July 27 to August 3, 2019
    Commuter Cost: $1699 | Residential Cost: $1999*
  • Rookie debaters will first be introduced to public speaking. Students will prepare, organize, and present a speech in front of their peers. Our experience has shown that such exercises best develop, stretch, and solidify a child's understanding and grow their abilities in the core skills we are teaching. Rookie debaters will also be introduced to the foundational principles of debate such as structuring an argument, backing it with evidence, researching, writing cases, and planning defenses. Complete description »


  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 12 to July 23, 2020
    Commuter Cost: 3,099 $2099 | Residential Cost: 3,599 $2599*
    Register by August 15 and save $1,000 off the full price!
  • 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 »


  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 26 to August 6, 2020
    Commuter Cost: 3,099 $2099 | Residential Cost: 3,599 $2599*
    Register by August 15 and save $1,000 off the full price!
  • 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 »


  • Public Forum Debate Camp
    July 26 to August 6, 2020
    Commuter Cost: 3,099 $2099 | Residential Cost: 3,599 $2599*
    Register by August 15 and save $1,000 off the full price!
  • The Public Forum Debate Camp for Middle & High School students teaches students the key processes of effective debate such as case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life. This curriculum is offered for students with at least 1 year minimum of competition experience within Public Forum Debate. Complete description »


  • One Week Summer Debate Rookie Camp
    July 26 to August 2, 2020
    Commuter Cost: 1,899 $1549 | Residential Cost: 2,099 $1749*
    Register by August 15 and save $350 off the full price!
  • Rookie debaters will first be introduced to public speaking. Students will prepare, organize, and present a speech in front of their peers. Our experience has shown that such exercises best develop, stretch, and solidify a child's understanding and grow their abilities in the core skills we are teaching. Rookie debaters will also be introduced to the foundational principles of debate such as structuring an argument, backing it with evidence, researching, writing cases, and planning defenses. 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.

Our Camp Parents Have Spoken!

Here's what they said about Capitol Debate's Summer Camps.
data from 2017 parent survey

Students had Fun
Students Learned a Lot
Want Students to Return
Recommend camp to their friends

See for Yourself the Impact of Our Summer Camps!

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.

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Activities & Schedule

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.

Typical daily Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. - Rise and shine!
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - Commuter check in
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning announcements
  • 9:00 a.m. - Leadership exercise
  • 9:30 a.m. - Morning lesson
  • 10:30 a.m. - Small group exercises
  • 11:30 a.m. - Get up and speak
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - Hands-on class time
  • 2:30 p.m. - Team building exercises
  • 3:30 p.m. - Practice
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. - Study Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. - Commuter check out
  • 7:00 p.m. - Recreational activities
  • 9:00 p.m. - Residential unwind hour
  • 10:00 p.m. - Room check and curfew

Activities outside of the classroom include:

  • Field trip
  • Talent show
  • Spa night
  • Movie night
  • Field Day
  • Karaoke night
  • Leadership Activities
  • Team building exercises

The Capitol Advantage

Expert Staff

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.

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 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.

  • 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 camps, 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.

Expert Staff

  • PJ Samorian

    Camp Director

  • P.J. Samorian has served the speech and debate community for 30 years. He is currently the Speech and Debate Department Chairperson at American Heritage School in Boca/Delray Florida. He is an NSDA tr…  Read More »

  • Paul Narey

    Camp Instructor

  • Paul Narey is a debate coach and professor of communications at the University of Wyoming this school year. Before this, he taught debate in Korea and has 8 years of competitive experience in high sch…  Read More »

  • Richie Panuyas

    Camp Instructor

  • Richie has been a professional educator for over seven years. He has worked with all populations at every grade (K-12) and every level (Special Ed to Gifted). He has worked at summer programs since 20…  Read More »

  • Gabe Rusk

    Camp Instructor

  • Gabe Rusk has spent the vast majority of his life dedicated to speech and debate. As a debater in high school he won the most competitive national championship in Public Forum debate AKA the Tournamen…  Read More »

  • Omar Moore

    Camp Instructor

  • Omar Moore served as Debate Captain & President of the Advanced Technologies Academy Debate Team in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout his four years of high school, he primarily competed in Public Forum and L…  Read More »

  • Josh Schulster

    Camp Instructor

  • Josh Schulster spent four years debating with Boca High and quickly developed a passion for Public Forum debate. As a sophomore, Josh was the captain of the Public Forum division and has mentored youn…  Read More »

  • Matthew Doggett

    Camp Instructor

  • Matthew Doggett is an Assistant Professor and Director of Debate at Hillsdale College from 2010-present, Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Memphis, MA in Political Science from Appalachian…  Read More »

  • Mona Rigdon

    Camp Instructor

  • Mona got her Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University but found a passion for teaching, so she changed careers. Currently, she teaches the gifted and talented and Ventur…  Read More »

  • Katelyn Applegate

    Camp Counselor

  • Katelyn Applegate is a freshman at Florida State University where she is double majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders and Nursing. In high school, she competed in Public Forum and is continui…  Read More »

  • Sid Puranik

    Camp Counselor

  • Sid Puranik is a senior at Tompkins High School in Houston, Texas and is an avid debater and activist. His debate career has focused on Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking, both of which …  Read More »

  • Selma Tabakovic

    Camp Counselor

  • Selma Tabakovic competed in Public Forum for 3 years at Lakeland High School in Westchester, New York. Selma debated at the United States Congress in March 2016 regarding the unfair surveillance of Is…  Read More »

  • Ryley Hartwig

    Camp Counselor

  • Ryley Hartwig is finishing his second year at Florida State University, majoring in Political Science. When in high school, Ryley competed for American Heritage School for 3 years in Public Forum Deba…  Read More »

  • Mackenzie Jackson

    Camp Counselor

  • Mackenzie Jackson has been apart of the West Orange High School debate team for 3 years, serving as Public Forum Captain while competing in Public Forum debate. She has reached quarter finals in the F…  Read More »

  • Collin Frazey

    Camp Counselor

  • Collin is the Public Forum captain on the Corona del Sol High School debate team, where he founded the PFD program his freshman year. Over the course of his career, he has been an active competitor on…  Read More »

  • Dan Wadley

    Assistant Camp Director

  • Dan Wadley has been teaching Biblical Ethics at The McCallie School for the past thirteen years. He has a total of 39 years in teaching career at two different schools. During his current time at McCa…  Read More »

  • Victor Gazio

    Camp Facilitator

  • For over 15 years, Victor Gazio has utilized his passion by working with youth organizations. Victor has been involved with Capitol Debate since its inception. Prior to working full-time with Capitol …  Read More »

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.