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- Capitol Debate


Why Capitol Debate?

Our aim is to enrich the lives of students. To do that, we gather expert staff, with a diverse group of students, and select excellent facilities and locations to create fun, safe, and supportive environments. Read More »

Here’s what sets us apart
Our Mission
Why Debate?
Expert Staff
Alumni Success Stories
Widely Attended
Safe & Secure
Great Facilities in Great Locations
Lots of Fun
For All Ages & Experience Levels
Capitol Debate Summer Camp FAQs
Hear From Your Directors

2018 Summer Debate Camps

We offer academic debate camps, public speaking programs and youth leadership camps. Select a program to find your camp. Read More »

Overnight & Commuter Camps
Business Communication
Competitive Public Forum Camps
Middle School Debate Camps
High School Debate Camps
Lincoln Douglas Debate Camps
Summer Camp FAQs
Day Camp Only
Debate Day Camp
Public Speaking
Leadership and Mock Trial Day Camp

About Our Workshops

After school workshops run concurrently with regular middle school semesters. These programs offer an opportunity for children to learn debate, leadership, and public speaking. Read More »

After School Workshops
Northeast Club – NY, NJ, CT
Introduction to Debate Online Courses

Debate Teams

Ready to compete? Our teams receive the instruction and opportunity to compete in national tournaments. We offer programs in different locations and online to reach as many students as possible. Read More »

Capitol Classic's Debate Teams
Boston Club
Midatlantic Club – MD, VA, DC, PA, NC
National Travel Debate Team
Northeast Club – NY, NJ, CT
West Club – CA, TX, AZ, WA

Attendee Info

Already registered? Now it is time to get ready for camp. For students attending any of our summer camps or seasonal programs, please visit the appropriate page (on the left) to see information about your specific program, from packing lists to trip details. If you need to check your billing information, view your forms, or change your personal info, please visit your Online Account.

Information for Attendees
2018 Summer Camp Attendee Information
Day Camp Attendee Info
2015 Middle School Nationals
Staff Portal

Debate News

Debate News provides up-to-date information and resources to the national high school public forum debate community. It consists of tournament updates, statistics and rankings, including awards for season-long excellence.

Debate News
Media Mentions
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For All Ages & Experience Levels

There is a Program for Everyone.

Students Make So Many Friends With Similar Interests

Capitol Debate has academic camps and debate institutes for students of all ages and experience levels. We believe the skills we teach are life long skills that must start at an early age.

Capitol Debate is the nation’s leading expert in teaching debate to middle school and high school students.   Never debated before?  No worries.  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.

Are you a competitive debater?  You have come to the right place.  Our Senior Instructors have coached more national champions than any other camp in the nation.  Our alumni have won the Tournament of Champions, the National Forensics League Championships, and the National Catholic Forensics League Nationals!  Come join other experienced debaters as we guide you to the next level of competition!

So whether you are a middle school student or a high school student, or whether you are brand new or have many years of competitive experience, we have a class for you.  Students are placed in the right class based on age and experience level.

Which class is perfect for you based on experience level?

Program/Experience Level No Experience Some Experience Advanced Experience
Middle School Debate
High School Debate
Public Forum
Circuit Public Forum
Public Speaking*
Mock Trial*

*Public Speaking, Mock Trial and Leadership are only offered at Loyola University, Columbia.

In all our programs and across all our camps, students are grouped by age and experience. They learn in the context of a larger group while teaming up and training with a smaller group.

Young Students Learn the Art of Being a Lawyer

If you have any questions about which program is best for your child, contact us at 800.450.5012 or!