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.
Communication skills are the most important skill necessary for success. Capitol Debate curriculum is focused on the whole student speaker and not JUST competitive debate It is a very good mix of public speaking and debating.
I made it to the finals of my division and it was all possible because my instructor was so helpful and he was a great teacher. He gave my partner and I so much information on not only the topic, but how to be a good debater too. Capitol debate has definitely developed my speaking skills which is why I'd like to come back next year to learn even more.
Great program that teaches kids to present their thoughts in a convincing and respectful manner. Good program to build self confidence and develop friendship.
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!
Capitol Debate has just the right amount of fun and learning; even class can be entertaining and it is filled with education and debates. The teachers are very thorough and the residential staff members are caring and fun.
The middle school camp was an excellent introduction to debate. The staff, programming, and college campus facilities were top notch. As a parent, I also appreciated the great ethnic and geographic diversity of the students.
The camp was challenging and very beneficial. My daughter not only learned a great deal, but she made treasured friends from around the globe!
Teenagers are naturally looking for opportunities to be heard. Give them the skills to think critically and debate coherently, so they can learn to think for themselves and argue for their own rights. Since we are not involved in any debate club or team during the school year, doing a camp like this is desirable.
Capitol Debate offers exceptionally smart staff members that will change your perspective about debate.
This camp was a really good experience. If your wondering if you should sign up or not, you’ll wonder why you questioned signing up after camp is over. These 2 weeks here helped me learn a lot and was overall an excellent camp to go to.
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 Debateâ€™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.