Babson College, Boston

Summer Debate Camps

Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate

Babson College is a private business school located in the affluent Boston suburb of Wellesley, Massachusetts. An independent, not-for-profit institution, Babson is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). 2015-2016 academic year, more than 2,100 undergraduate and 900 graduate students are attending Babson, representing more than 80 countries. As the No. 1 leader in entrepreneurship for 20 consecutive years, Babson is globally recognized for its one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (ET&A) methodology that teaches undergraduates, graduates, and executives to balance action, experimentation, and creativity with a deep understanding of business fundamentals and rigorous analysis as the ideal approach to creating economic and social value.

Summer Camps at Babson College, Boston

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 13 to July 25, 2019
    Cost: 3,699 $2949 if registered by January 31*
  • At Middle School Debate Camp level, 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 High School 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.


  • Business Communication Summer Camp
    July 13 to July 25, 2019
    Cost: 3,699 $2949 if registered by January 31*
  • In the fast-paced business world, future entrepreneurs are challenged more than ever to communicate effectively. Whether it is selling a product, making presentations to prospective clients, pitching ideas to their board or seeking business investors, our future entrepreneurs need to present themselves in a positive light. Complete description »

    *Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $600 and does not include breakfast.


  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 27 to August 8, 2019
    Cost: 3,699 $2949 if registered by January 31*
  • At Middle School Debate Camp level, 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 High School 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.


  • Public Forum Debate Camp
    July 27 to August 8, 2019
    Cost: 3,699 $2949 if registered by January 31*
  • The High School Debate Camp 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. Complete description »

    *Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $600 and does not include breakfast.


  • One Week Summer Debate Rookie Camp
    July 27 to August 3, 2019
    Cost: 1,899 $1749 if registered by January 31*
  • Rookie debaters will first be introduced to public speaking. Students will prepare, organize, and present a speech in front of their peers. Our experience has shown that such exercises best develop, stretch, and solidify a child's understanding and grow their abilities in the core skills we are teaching. Rookie debaters will also be introduced to the foundational principles of debate such as structuring an argument, backing it with evidence, researching, writing cases, and planning defenses. Complete description »

    *Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $300 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 $47.50 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance. Please note that all program prices are subject to change without notice

Our Camp Parents Have Spoken!

Here's what they said about Capitol Debate's Summer Camps.
data from 2017 parent survey

Student's had Fun
Student's Learned a Lot
Want Students to Return
Recommend camp to their friends

Summer Camp: A Life Changing Experience

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.

Babson College, Boston Camp Reviews

Activities & Schedule

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.

Typical daily Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. - Rise and shine!
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - Commuter check in
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning announcements
  • 9:00 a.m. - Leadership exercise
  • 9:30 a.m. - Morning lesson
  • 10:30 a.m. - Small group exercises
  • 11:30 a.m. - Get up and speak
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - Hands-on class time
  • 2:30 p.m. - Team building exercises
  • 3:30 p.m. - Practice
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. - Study Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. - Commuter check out
  • 7:00 p.m. - Recreational activities
  • 9:00 p.m. - Residential unwind hour
  • 10:00 p.m. - Room check and curfew

Activities outside of the classroom include:

  • Field trip
  • Talent show
  • Spa night
  • Movie night
  • Field Day
  • Karaoke night
  • Leadership Activities
  • Team building exercises

The Capitol Advantage

Expert Staff

We have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of the debating & public speaking. Click here to view our full staff listing.

Top of the Line Curriculum

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.

Convenient Locations

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.

  • Low faculty to student ratio – Capitol Debate firmly believes in individualized instruction, which can only happen with small class sizes.
  • Personalized Instruction – Capitol Debate instructors give students hands-on instruction with researching, writing, speaking and organizing. After practice debates, instructors give students lengthy feedback to help them improve their skills.
  • Senior faculty oversee all classes – Unlike other debate camps, Capitol Debate’s instructors have an average of 15 to 30 years of pedagogical experience in the classroom. Many have coached national champions!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice – We make sure students are not just sitting in lectures, but instead are getting up and speaking every day and applying the lessons learned in a small group setting.

Expert Staff

Bob Dolan

Camp Director

"My favorite part of helping students learn debate is guiding them toward independent research and thought; helping them discover multiple ways of analyzing a position." - Bob Dolan

Bob Dolan's …  Read More »

Linda Rzatkiewicz

Camp Wellness / Nurse

Linda, a Registered Nurse for 36 years, has worked at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the University of Rochester in New York. She has done private duty nursing with infants, children, and adults.…  Read More »

Hailey Cruz

Residential Life Director

Hailey Cruz is excited to join the Capitol debate team as a Residential Life Director at Iona College for the first time! She earned her bachelor's degree in English Education in May 2015 at Kean Univ…  Read More »

Doug Miller

Camp Instructor

Doug Miller was formerly the Director of Debate at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California. As a coach at Fairmont, Doug lead Fairmont Preparatory Academy in the last 2 years to champions …  Read More »

Brad Hicks

Camp Instructor

Bradley T. Hicks has been a teacher for 17 years and currently teaches U.S. History, Government, and Economics in Williston, Florida. He holds a B.A. from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Inspire…  Read More »

Claire Ingelfinger

Camp Instructor

As a former high school history teacher who now works with the Quincy Public School system as a substitute, it makes sense that Claire would become an Instructor with Capitol Debate. Having coached Mo…  Read More »

Matt Campbell

Camp Instructor

Matt has spent seven years teaching 8th Grade history, civics, and geography in Abington, Massachusetts. Matt has been involved in running debates in his classroom on a variety of topics from the deat…  Read More »

Haley Rubin

Resident Advisor

After competing in Congressional debate on the local, state, and national circuit for four years, Haley has had a significant role as a competitor and teacher in speech and argumentation. As the forme…  Read More »

David Mason

Resident Advisor

David is currently a senior debater at Millburn High School in New Jersey. He is in his second year of both serving as novice captain and teaching middle school debate. Through his career, David has r…  Read More »

Catie Ford

Resident Advisor

Catie Ford competed in public forum debate for Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida for four years, serving as team captain in both her junior and senior year. She amassed a career tot…  Read More »

Max Wu

Resident Advisor

Max Wu spent 4 years competing on the Mission San Jose Public Forum Team, with extensive success countrywide. In the 2015-2016 season, he highlighted an impressive season by reaching the finals of the…  Read More »

Allen Abbott

Resident Advisor

Allen Abbott is a senior at the Quarry Lane School in California, where he competed in speech and debate events for all four years of high school. In his sophomore year, he founded his school's nation…  Read More »

Keshav Kundassery

Resident Advisor

Keshav Kundassery competed in Public Forum for 4 years at Mission San Jose High School in California where he captained the PF team. He reached the final round of the TOC, won the University of the Pa…  Read More »

Josie Banks

Resident Advisor

Though Josie competed in Public Forum Debate, her background is primarily on the public speaking side of the activity. She participated in multiple Modern Woodman Speech contests throughout her earlie…  Read More »

Sam Smith

Resident Advisor

My name is Sam Smith, I am a Junior at Kansas State University majoring in Philosophy (Bachelor of Science). I've always wanted to work at a Summer Debate camp because I really enjoyed my experience a…  Read More »

Tatiana Butkevits

Resident Advisor

Tatiana Butkevits is a senior at Boca Raton Community High School where she has served as a debate team officer since her sophomore year. Tatiana competes in Public Forum debate and has received 4 Gol…  Read More »

Kelly Zheng

Resident Advisor

Kelly Zheng is a senior at Miramonte High School in California, where she serves as a team president. Kelly has reached late elimination rounds at tournaments such as the University of the Pacific, SC…  Read More »

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 timetable found in the Terms, Policies, and Conditions page for applicable credit.