Public Forum Debate Camps

Our Public Forum Debate Camp welcomes middle school and high school students who are interested in building the skills they need to participate or compete in Public Forum debate. This curriculum is offered for students with at least 1 year minimum of competition experience within Public Forum Debate. We divide students up by age and experience level. Public Forum Debate Camp is perfect for students with one to two years of Public Forum debate experience, or for those students preparing to join their school debate team. Public Forum Debate Camp instructs students in the essential skills for success in competitive debate. Taught by renowned teachers with sterling track records, this debate institute teaches students the key processes of effective debate. Debate students leave our academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to succeed in debate. Students who compete on the national circuit in Public Forum should consider applying to our selective Competitive Public Forum for High School camp.


The Public Forum Debate Camp for Middle & High School students teaches students the key processes of effective debate such as case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life. This curriculum is offered for students with at least 1 year minimum of competition experience within Public Forum Debate.

Our educational approach has been fined tuned over years of experience coaching and teaching champion debaters. Our curriculum combines great educational content with proven teaching methods to help you successfully incorporate new skills and knowledge into your debating and academics. We prioritize your long-term debate and life success rather than merely preparing you for the next topic. Be Challenged By Your Peers We determine lab groups by experience level. If you are nationally ranked, we have an advanced lab that will set you up to win national championships. If you have one or two years of experience, we have competitive classes that will help bring you to the next level. Delivered By Expert Staff All of our advanced programs are taught by national championship caliber debate coaches. Your debate success is important to us so we never substitute experienced teachers with teenagers and college students.

Skills and Areas of Focus

  • Impact Calculus
  • Evidence Comparison
  • Time Allocation
  • Word Economy
  • Ethos and Confidence
  • Crossfire Strategy
  • Offensive Rebuttals
  • Final Focus Gameplan

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.

Practice & Application

We challenge students to constantly apply the material they learn throughout camp. Every lecture is accompanied by a practicum where students execute on what they just learned. Lab time is focused on practicing techniques, not just research every day. Between execution drills and practice rounds, every student speaks every day. Get Lots of Debates Between scheduled practice debates and the camp tournament, you will have at least ten full debate rounds with detailed, extensive post round feedback provided by experienced coaches that know how to fine-tune your approach. Every practice debate comes with the opportunity to do multiple speech redos. We make sure you get it right. Track Your Progression With Live Ballots, your practice results and feedback follow you throughout camp like a journal of your progress. This helps you identify areas of strength and weakness to apply specific drills and exercises so that you experience continuous improvement on a daily basis.

Sample Schedule

    Here is a sample daily schedule for this program:
  • 7:30 a.m. – Rise and shine! We offer an expansive breakfast in the campus dining hall, which includes eggs, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, yogurt and fruit.
  • 8:45 a.m. – Morning Announcements and review of activities for the day.
  • 9:00 a.m. – Morning Lecture on areas such as topic analysis, crossfire, rebuttal speeches, final focus and summary speeches.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Practicum: Small group exercises that apply the lesson plans including crossfire drills, refutation practice, final focus and summary speech redos, flowing exercises, and mini-debates.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Elective Course can be on topic analysis, international relations theory, economics, feminism, critical theory, advanced brief writing, and other pertinent topics to the resolution.
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch at campus dining hall for overnight students and commuters.
  • 1:00 p.m. – Lab time: Hands-on instruction in preparing for debates. Individualized instruction includes assistance in researching, writing, structuring and organizing pro and con cases. Instructors guide students in preparing rebuttal briefs for upcoming debates.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Practice Debates: Students debate almost every day and receive full critiques from national champion coaches.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Dinner Buffet dinner for overnight students and commuters.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Office Hours: Student’s will be able to go back in the classroom to work on their assignments or skills they may need additional assistance with. It’s a great opportunity for students to work individually with the camp staff.
  • 7:00 pm. – Electives: Students get to choose specifics topics to learn about in greater depth or work with a coach of their choice.
  • 9:00 p.m. – Free Time & Activities: in dorm, ice cream socials, movies, and games.
  • 10:00 p.m. – Room check and curfew.

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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.