Summer Debate Camps: Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
The Hun School of Princeton is a private, coeducational, secondary boarding school founded in 1914 by Dr. John Gale Hun. It is located between Philadelphia and New York City, nestled on an idyllic forty-five-acre campus, less than two miles from downtown Princeton and Princeton University. Students in grades six through a post-graduate year comprise a student body of 635, representing a diverse blend of nationalities, races, religions, and traditions.
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.
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.
I think that Capitol Debate has helped me be a better public speaker and learn more about PF debate. My favorite part was the gym nights and relay races because I got to know other people better. I am definitely coming back next year.
I made it to the finals of my division and it was all possible because my instructor was so helpful and he was a great teacher. He gave my partner and I so much information on not only the topic, but how to be a good debater too. Capitol debate has definitely developed my speaking skills which is why I'd like to come back next year to learn even more.
Capitol Debate has the perfect balance of learning and fun. Debate skills apply to all areas of study. Learning to research a topic, present arguments and speak convincingly are all valuable skills. However, while Capitol Debate emphasizes all of these skills, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and celebrate. The staff at CD is impressive and invested in each camper's success. Capitol Debate has changed my daughter's life. Her confidence has blossomed. She has a keen awareness of current events and constitutional rights. Additionally, she has new friends throughout the country.
It is a really fun summer camp, kids can learn some interesting topics that school education does not offer. Very good experience!
I would say, that I highly recommend debate camp because the kids work hard and play hard and that is what summer camp is all about. My son loved it! He met good friends and they are all planning on coming back.
Going to this camp changed me from being shy and scared of public speaking to having better social skills and being fine speaking publicly. I would definitely recommend this camp as a life changing experience.
Capitol debate is like a triple layered cake. Every time you thought you've thought you have seen the best, you see something better.
I think that the camp was a great experience and I made some new friends while I was there.
This camp really helped me improve my debate experience. I feel like I walked out of this camp as a more confident, knowledgable and all together better person
This camp was really fun to be at, and I would enjoy coming back next summer. The staff was really nice
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.