*Cost covers tuition, room, and board. Commuter option does not include breakfast. Cost excludes $75 fee for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance.
For over a decade Capitol Debate has strived to enrich the lives of students through communication programs. We gather expert staff, with a diverse group of students, and select excellent facilities and locations to create fun, safe, and supportive environments. Founded in 1867, Drew University is a private university located in Madison, New Jersey. Drew has been nicknamed the "University in the Forest" because of the serenity of its beautiful wooded 186-acre campus in a thriving small town close to New York City. Like Capitol Debate, Drew University is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Drew University is home to Nobel Prize Winners and several international semester programs. Drew University also offers one of the top five theatre programs in the United States ranked by the Princeton Review.
Here's what they said about Capitol Debate's Summer Camps.
data from 2017 parent survey
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.
It will improve child's self-confidence, speaking English (for foreigners), communication skills, make friends, etc. My son learned a lot about debate, and made several good friends, he became more confident to speak English as he is from China. We'd like to improve more next year.
My son absolutely loved the camp even though the work was rigorous and the hours long. He came away loving debate and wanting to excel in debate. Each day my son was excited to be at debate camp. The program is well organized, engaging, fun while at the same time the students are receiving a rigorous crash course in debate. He definitely will attend next summer.
I made a lot of friends and learned how to debate! I never felt uncomfortable and everyone was really welcoming! I can't wait for next summer!!
It was a great experience for beginner debaters, and it really helped to improve not only my research skills, but my public speaking and confidence as well. I am very grateful for Capitol Debate for doing this!
This camp was a blast. I want to go back again next year, and also do a residential camp later on. This camp was a fun and educational camp. I had loads of fun. It taught me positive things. And the number one thing that will always be left with me is one song. "Scoreboard" by Apollos Hester. He was very inspirational. I really want to come back, and will definitely tell people about this wonderful camp.
We would say that the camp combines learning, working on speaking skills, camaraderie and fun very well. I would say highly organized and impactful two weeks.
I didn't realize how much I would miss this camp until I left on the last day. Truly amazing. Everything. I learned so much from this camp, and not just about debate. The instructors were dedicated and fun. I made so, so many friends here. I learned how to work with others, to communicate effectively, and so much more. This camp was a valuable experience.
Allowing your child to attend this camp is life changing in a very good way!
Great introduction to public speaking, overcoming nerves, and gaining confidence. Our daughter amazed us at her final debate....her demeanor and confidence brought me to tears. She said everyone...instructors and students were all so nice. Just an awesome experience!
Capitol Debate has taught me a lot, and gave me the voice to make a difference in my life, other individuals lives, and my family's life. Thank you for giving me the tools to make an impact to all those around me.
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.