Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
American University is a private research university in Washington, D.C., United States. The university was chartered by an Act of Congress on February 24, 1893 as 'The American University' when the bill was approved by President Benjamin Harrison. The university is currently ranked 8th in the world for its graduate programs and 9th in the world for its undergraduate program in International Affairs by Foreign Policy, and the Washington College of Law. Like Capitol Debate, American University strives to create meaningful change in the world, and the students who attend our Debate and Public Speaking Camp at American University can expect a fantastic educational experience and will leave with the life skills needed to effect change in their futures.
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 & board. Commuter program discounted by $600 and does not include breakfast.
Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.
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
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.
I came back to this camp again and this time it was just as good or better than last year. Also, my lab leader was extremely inspirational and made learning fun and enjoyable. I'll be walking away with lots of information and inside jokes. CRUSH THEIR DREAMS!!!
I think that Capitol Debate has helped me be a better public speaker and learn more about PF debate. My favorite part was the gym nights and relay races because I got to know other people better. I am definitely coming back next year.
I was a beginner debater. I knew a bit, but not a lot. This camp is very engaging, as well as very interesting. The lectures were informative, and the practice was helpful, too. It requires time and effort, as debate does, but there is enough time for fun. Dinner was enough time to sociailize. I recommend being a resident, as you can make friends with your dormmates, I certainly did. And after 8, it can be the most fun parts of camp. But you need to work hard, so you have to be willing to put in the effort and try hard. The most successful students here were the ones that worked hard, and the ones that practiced and took the time to ask questions. You must also take suggestions, and listen to your peers. At the end of the day, you want to win the tournament, you want to debate like no tomorrow, but for a beginner, and for me, the main goal was to prove to myself that I could be a good debater and speaker, and that regardless of wins or losses, I would learn and take suggestions, improve on myself, and take losses. I wanted to debate, and Capitol Debate gave that to me in twelve days i won't forget.
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!
Best place for beginners and experienced debaters alike. They motivate the students to come out of their shell. Students learn to do research, coherently write their arguments, and present effectively within 2 weeks. This is a great achievement particularly for a beginner.
OMG!!! I thought I would be worried about my daughter going to the camp for her first time sleeping away but I did not worry at all. The staff is amazing and took great care of my daughter. They build relationships with the students while teaching them so much.
Capitol debate is more than just a debate camp, it is a summer camp that actually engages with the children, challenging them mentally to go beyond what they have already inquired.
I met a lot of really cool people, made friends, and had a lot of fun. I definitely grew not only as a debater but also as a person in this camp.
Capitol Debate has made me think about myself, and what I can change about how I live, and how the others around me see me as a person.
We would say that the camp combines learning, working on speaking skills, camaraderie and fun very well. I would say highly organized and impactful two weeks.
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.