Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
Capitol Debate is pleased to bring our Debate and Public Speaking Camp to UPenn. The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League University located in Philadelphia. It is known for being one of the United States first 9 colonial colleges, and the nation's first school of medicine. Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin, it also has the top ranked Business school in the United States, the Wharton School. "UPenn" as it is known, has produced two Presidents, over 20 billionaires, and a myriad of Fortune 500 CEOs. The impressive campus features Gothic architecture reminiscent of Oxford or Cambridge. Notable alumni include Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Noam Chomsky, and Willam Carlos Williams. The University of Pennsylvania requires residential students to be entering high school in the fall of 2019. If your student will be a middle schooler in the fall after camp, they can participate as a commuter camper
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.
Truly amazing experience, best camp you will ever go to!!!
This camp taught me a lot! I learned so much from very kind and amazing instructors and had so much fun in the process. All of the instructors wanted me to succeed and pushed me to try my hardest. I have become a better debater and made new friends through this amazing relationship. I look forward to coming back!
Best place for beginners and experienced debaters alike. They motivate the students to come out of their shell. Students learn to do research, coherently write their arguments, and present effectively within 2 weeks. This is a great achievement particularly for a beginner.
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.
One of the best learning experiences. I truly had the summer of a lifetime.
My time at capitol debate was incredible, and the quality of teaching and fun was the reason I came back.
The best camp you could ever ask for, ranging from education to fun, you will NOT want to go home!
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.
As a future educator in debate, Capitol Debate gave me an amazing opportunity to both learn about teaching from other staff members while also learning incredible lessons from the students themselves!
I feel so lucky that we discovered Capitol Debate camp! Max loves debate and although he did not have a lot of experience he quickly got up to speed at debate camp thanks to the patient and amazing debate coaches. Max learned a lot about debate, got a lot of practice in a safe and supportive environment, and made a lot of friends--who were smart, nice, and just as interested in debate! He had an incredible experience and can't wait to go back 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.