The Lawrenceville School

Summer Debate Camps

Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate

Capitol Debate is pleased to return to the historic Lawrenceville School, just outside of Princeton, New Jersey. The Lawrenceville School is one of the most prestigious schools in the entire world and has been ranked as the number one private high school in the country, with an average SAT score of 1430 and an ACT score of 32. The school is fully gated and is only accessible to the public during daylight. Security patrols the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Classrooms are state-of-the-art and contain amenities such as SmartBoards, offering a summer learning environment that is second-to-none.Commuter Option Sold Out - Limited Residential Still Available

Capitol Debate Summer Camps at The Lawrenceville School

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 12 to July 23, 2020
    Commuter Cost: 3,099 $2399 | Residential Cost: 3,599 $2899*
    Register by January 30 and save $700 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 »


*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.

The Lawrenceville School Camp Reviews

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

  • Daniel Austin

    Camp Director

  • Daniel Austin is a high school social studies teacher in Piscataway, NJ, where he frequently incorporates debate and public speaking activities into the US History curriculum. A lifelong New Jersey re…  Read More »

  • Olivia Adams

    Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

  • Olivia Adams is a middle-high school teacher at The Echelon Academy in Burtonsville, Maryland. After 8 years of speech and debate on the high school and collegiate levels, it's safe to say that th…  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 »

  • Colette Dorsey

    Camp Instructor

  • Colette Dorsey lives in Aberdeen, Maryland. She is proud to be involved in secondary education for 28 years. Colette sponsors the Speech and Debate Club at Patterson Mill High School. She also spends …  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 »

  • Marissa Pena

    Camp Instructor

  • Born & raised in South Texas, Marissa Pena has been teaching high school speech & debate in the Houston area since 2015, specializing in individual events and Congressional Debate. She has coached a …  Read More »

  • Chuck McCarthy

    Camp Instructor

  • Chuck McCarthy has held multiple roles at Wall Hall School in Wall, New Jersey from AP American History Teacher to National Honors Society Faculty Advisor to Social Studies/ROTC Department Chairperson…  Read More »

  • Grace Findley

    Camp Counselor

  • Grace Findley is currently a Sophomore at Florida State University where she studies Political Science and Communications and competes in Parliamentary debate. During her time at Boca Raton Community …  Read More »

  • Mike VanderLinden

    Camp Counselor

  • Mike van der Linden is a senior at Western Washington University in Bellingham where he is majoring in Business administration with a management concentration. He has spent the last two years as a m…  Read More »

  • Nicole Sandoval

    Camp Counselor

  • For the last four years, Nicole Sandoval has competed in Public Forum debate. She has attended multiple national tournaments and serves as an officer for her school’s debate team. Notably, she repre…  Read More »

  • Josh Slocum

    Camp Counselor

  • Josh is a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications at Missouri State University with plans to attend law school. In high school, he joined debate as soon he could and found his home …  Read More »

  • Hailey Cruz

    Assistant Camp Director

  • Hailey Cruz earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Education in May 2015 at Kean University. She spent one year oversees in Wenzhou China, where she taught English to Chinese students, as well as…  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.