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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
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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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Why Debate?

Debate Camps Prepare Students to Become Thinkers, Speakers, and Leaders

Learn Critical Thinking, Communication, Leadership, & Cooperation at Capitol Debate

The Benefits of Debate

The benefits of debate are multifaceted and far-reaching. Their effects are felt in every area of human pursuit. Students exposed to academic argumentation advance in several significant areas.

  • Logic & Critical Thinking 

    Reasoning is a principal aspect of debate. Successful argumentation requires clear thinking, sound logic, an understanding of the subject matter, the issues effecting it, and the interaction between those issues. 

  • Leadership 

    Debate requires confrontation. It requires courage, taking charge, and the willingness to stand alone. These are not natural traits, but they are essential in nearly every endeavor and vocation. 

  • Cooperation 

    The ability to learn from, aid, and work with others is crucial. The constructive discourse between multiple minds provides insights that would be lost or left undiscovered by one person. 

  • Communication Skills 

    Clear and concise communication is paramount to success not only in debate, but in law, politics, engineering, and every other occupation. Debate requires students to write, speak, persuade, and refute as they present their case. 

  • Academic Skills 

    Underpinning all these other benefits are the administrative skills essential to academics such as research, writing, and organization. Students must study subjects, plan their cases, and organize their information to present. These skills form the basis for future academic research.

  • College Entrance & Scholarships 

    All these skills are especially relevant in the academic realm. Studies show that the SAT and ACT scores of students with debate experience are consistently higher than others. In addition to entrance scores, students who participate in debate as an extracurricular activity are more likely to be accepted into prestigious colleges and universities. Many institutions offer full or partial scholarships for students who debate in high school. 

Students Learn the Academic Skills They Need to Become Future Leaders

The Need for Debate

A Generation of Thinkers  – In a time when education equals regurgitating disconnected facts without considering what they mean, critical thinking is desperately needed. The next generation of leaders needs to be the next generation of thinkers. They need to be the men and women trained, practiced, and expert in dissecting, discussing, and critiquing issues while presenting new ideas about how to improve them. 

A Generation of Speakers – Thinkers need the tools to communicate. Without a voice, the most brilliant mind will go unnoticed. Free speech is only an effective element of society if those speaking are speaking well, with conviction, reason, and ethics. 

A Generation of Ethical Leaders – Leaders who know how to lead, know how to think, and know how to communicate are essential. But underlying those traits must be a firm adherence to ethical behavior. A leader with ethics will stimulate and encourage civic discourse to provide positive social change. 

Take a look at some of our articles on the benefits of debate!  Click on the links below:

Debate Dramatically Helps with College Admissions

Debate has tremendous Cognitive Benefits

All the Academic Virtues of Debate