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.
Not only is the debate experience exceptional, the community of self-aware, intelligent teens instilled an optimistic hope for my generation.
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 had never considered myself to be able to become good at public speaking, but I think that I've improved a lot here. I've made lots of new friends, and I'm amazed on how close we all got and how much I'll miss them all. Also, the staff is amazing!
I think that the camp was a great experience and I made some new friends while I was there.
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.
This is a wonderful program that introduces the fundamentals of debate and an excellent camp for younger students to get the away from home experience. Program is well run and the staff is super!
It has given me new insights into debating and has set a base for my debating career.
Capitol Debate makes learning engaging and fun, which is the best of both worlds!
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.
My son enjoyed both the academic challenge and the social activities. While preparing for his final debates, he was supported by an excellent, knowledgeable staff and a community of other campers who had similar goals and interests. The camp staff pays close attention to the campers' needs. They organize the campers' days carefully to encourage both academic learning and fun, social interaction. This high degree of organization and the staff's compassionate attention was key to making my son's camp experience a success.
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.