Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
SJSU is conveniently located on more than 150 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area. Situated near the Bay area and in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is home to some of the world's largest, most admired businesses, while also offering a central location close to everything northern California has to offer, from mountain peaks and beautiful bays to thriving vineyards and historic landmarks. The oldest public school of higher education in California, SJSU was designed in the Spanish Revival style with influences from Gothic, Renaissance Revival, and Modern, reflecting the rich diversity found in San Jose.
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.
In a mere two weeks, Capitol Debate taught me skills that could be used for a lifetime. In addition, they improved my (nonexistent) speaking skills and boosted my confidence. I've never had so much fun in my life.
Capitol debate has helped me find my voice in the world and has had me complete my personal goal while stretching far and beyond what my goal was. The staff there was awesome and the lectures made a lot of sense, and they gave us some pretty good advice for the debates. I know I've made some life time friends and hope to see them next year. It was an awesome year! Thanks Capitol Debate!
It is a really fun summer camp, kids can learn some interesting topics that school education does not offer. Very good experience!
Capitol Debate is an amazing place to make new friends and have fun as well as developing new skills that really make an impact on the way you debate. This is definitely a place that I would want to come back to next year.
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.
This camp was really fun to be at, and I would enjoy coming back next summer. The staff was really nice
This is a great opportunity to have your child enhance his/her English skills, learn how to compose an essay and research a topic while still having fun. It is also a great way to improve public speaking.
Debate camp really changed my life. It turned my endless rambling into quality speech and overall made me just that much better of a person.
Before coming to Capitol, debate was a small part of my life and I had never really spent too much time on it. Capitol has unlocked my passion for debating and I really want to dedicate myself to debate for the next three years of my high school experience. I feel integrated into the debate community and I have already made unforgettable friends through it.
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.
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.