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
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.
Attending this camp was valuable for my son not only for the debate experience but it has also helped him in his school classes such as English and Social Studies. Doing research on the debate topic was so beneficial.
Capitol Debate has made me think about myself, and what I can change about how I live, and how the others around me see me as a person.
I don't do very well away from home. I was very skeptical about coming to camp, yet I am a returning camper. This camp is just amazing. I learned so so much. My instructor this year, Doug Miller, was so amazing. I have been debating for three years, yet I learned new things that I had never even heard of. I can tell you that I improved by a lot at the end of this camp experience and what I learned will definitely stick with me forever. All my worries about debating in a high school debate league have definitely been reduced. But it wasn't only class that changed me. This camp is just filled with such amazing people that you can go to at any time. The instructors also teach us so much. Finally, Victor is just amazing. He cares about all of his staff and students and wants the best for us. He basically never sleeps to answer calls from parents and help students. He loves his job and it is definitely reflected in the way that he will stay up all night if you need help and if you are having a problem, he actually acts on it and fixes it. This camp was amazing and I definitely recommend it.
My time at capitol debate was incredible, and the quality of teaching and fun was the reason I came back.
Capitol Debate helped me since last year, and this year. I have learned so much, learning how to speak well, learning how to write cases well, and learning to be a team. I want to have a shoutout to Victor, as he is the greatest person!
This debate camp has made me confident, and helped me hone on my debate skills. I effectively learned how to structure a persuasive piece of writing and deliver it eloquently.
Capitol Debate is more than just a summer camp and debate program; it's a family. I love Capitol because it builds a community of driven, intelligent students that want to use their voice to effectuate change in any field they choose to pursue. Capitol Debate fosters the building of communication, analytical, and research skills; but most of all, Capitol provides students with friendships and a community that they will cherish forever.
I was amazed by the amount of knowledge my son gained during the two-week camp. This was his first experience of learning and actually practicing debate, and I think now he has solid knowledge of what a public forum debate is and how to search for evidence to support his argument.
Watching these sometimes churlish but lovable middle schoolers learn debate and develop into competent speakers wasa blessing!
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.
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.