Cornish College of Arts

Summer Debate Camps

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

Capitol Debate's summer camp is located at Cornish College of the Arts, easily accessible from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and through Amtrak, light rail and bus. With a temperate climate, picturesque views and a thriving cultural scene, Seattle, Washington is a premier location for our Debate and Public Speaking Summer Camp. Seattle is renowned for its beautiful architecture and landscaping, easy-access public transit, the arts and outdoor recreation.

Summer Camps at Cornish College of Arts

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 28 to August 9, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2749 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.


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.

Cornish College of Arts 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

Savon Ayodeji

Camp Director

Savon Ayodeji debated for 3 years with the Capitol Debate family in high school, advancing to elimination rounds at many nationally ranked tournaments before debating for 4 years at Liberty University…  Read More »

Diane Russell

Camp Wellness / Nurse

The healthcare industry has provided an avenue for a plethora of opportunities for Diane to utilize her nursing degree. Her background includes positions in pediatric/ psychiatric mental health nursin…  Read More »

Dana Kiel

Camp Instructor

Dana is a graduate of the University of Denver where she studied International Political Economy and traveled with the British Parliamentary Debate team. After graduation, she served as a 4th-grade te…  Read More »

Paul Narey

Camp Instructor

I am starting as a debate coach and professor of communications at the University of Wyoming this school year. Before that, I taught debate in Korea and have 8 years of competitive experience in high …  Read More »

Boka Golubovic

Camp Instructor

For 10 years now, Bojana has been a teacher of philosophy. Currently she works as a teacher of Philosophy and Logic at Gimnazija "Svetozar Markovi?" in Ni?, Serbia. She has been involved in bo…  Read More »

Sal Sandoval

Camp Counselor

Sal Sandoval competed in Public Forum for four years at Cypress Woods High School in Houston, Texas. While at CWHS, Sal served as an officer on his team both his junior and senior year and was also th…  Read More »

Siena Ruggeri

Camp Counselor

Siena has been involved in the debate community for eight years. In high school, she competed in Public Forum, Extemporaneous, and Congressional Debate. She attends Regis University, where she compete…  Read More »

Amelia Peck

Camp Counselor

Amelia Peck has competitively debated for five years and been part of Capitol Debate's Public Forum travel team for the last three years. During her career, she advanced to elimination rounds at a tot…  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 cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.