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.
Capitol Debate is a wonderful place to learn about debate and make new friends. The staff is wonderful and helpful. This place has really made me smile. I met people from all over the state and some from neighboring states. I was happy to be here with both old friends and new friends.
Watching these sometimes churlish but lovable middle schoolers learn debate and develop into competent speakers wasa blessing!
Capitol Debate was an amazing thing for me to experience. In only two weeks, I learned and improved so much and found a new family. The practice debates were intense and the feeling of passion I felt when debating is something that I want to remember forever. I'll never forget the time I spent with everyone and I look forward to my new-found interest!
I love Capitol Debate! The curriculum in the program really works to improve all aspects of the campers. They learn to be leaders, speakers, and researchers in less than 2 weeks.
I found myself enjoying Capitol Debate a lot more than I thought I would. The people there were great and I'd love to see them again, and I felt that I really grew as a debater and a speaker. I definitely think that I improved with this camp, and I think that anyone who attends it will improve as well.
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!!
I would tell them that Capitol Debate offers a wonderful camp that could change there outlook on life .
Capitol Debate makes learning engaging and fun, which is the best of both worlds!
Supremely well run, thoughtful camp for anyone interested in debate. This camp beautifully combines an intellectually enriching experience with some plain ol camp fun. And the staff and faculty are - every one - friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic.
I learned so much from this debate camp! If you are just starting out or an experienced highschool debater, this camp is just right. The lectures are, and the labs are a great time to interact with new people. The free time had just the right amount of time, and we are given an abundance of time to work on our case.
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.