Drew University

Summer Debate Camps

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

Founded in 1867, Drew University is a private university located in Madison, New Jersey. Drew has been nicknamed the "University in the Forest" because of the serenity of its beautiful wooded 186-acre campus in a thriving small town close to New York City. Like Capitol Debate, Drew University is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Drew University is home to Nobel Prize Winners and several international semester programs. Drew University also offers one of the tip five theatre programs in the United States ranked by the Princeton Review.

Summer Camps at Drew University

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    June 30 to July 12, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2999 if registered by April 1*
  • 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.


  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 14 to 26, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2999 if registered by April 1*
  • 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.


  • One Week Summer Debate Rookie Camp
    July 14 to 21, 2019
    Cost: 1,899 $1799 if registered by April 1*
  • 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.


  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 28 to August 9, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2999 if registered by April 1*
  • 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.


  • Four Week Public Speaking and Summer Debate Program Bundle
    June 30 to July 26, 2019
    Cost: 6,799 $5849 if registered by April 1*
  • Are you interested in enrolling your student for a truly progressive debate camp experience? Through our four-week debate camp package, students will be introduced to the principal concepts of public speaking and debate. They will then be given the opportunity to extend the scope of their understanding through studying high-level concepts of argumentation, extensive research, advanced rhetorical devices, and persuasive speaking methods. This package will cover two levels of debate experience over the course of four weeks and prepare students for transformative communications careers. Students will be provided accommodations and meals for the entirety of the program.

    *Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $1,200 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

Our Camp Parents Have Spoken!

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

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

See for Yourself the Impact of Our Summer Camps!

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.

Drew University 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 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

  • Chuck Nicholas

    Camp Director

  • Since 1985 Chuck has coached all forms of debate as well as High School & Middle School Mock Trial. He also directs plays. At the 2016 NSDA SLC Nationals , he co-coached the 8th place South Carolina…  Read More »

  • Belinda Elam

    Camp Wellness / Nurse

  • Belinda Elam is an LPN Nurse and has been a nurse for 9 years. She graduated from Brown Mackie College in Akron, Ohio where she received her nursing diploma. She is a 1:1 school nurse in the Cleveland…  Read More »

  • Colette Dorsey

    Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

  • Colette Doresey lives in Aberdeen, Maryland. She is proud to be involved in secondary education for 26 years. Colette sponsors the Speech and Debate Club at Patterson Mill High School. She also spends…  Read More »

  • Bob Wieckowski

    Camp Instructor

  • Staff member biography coming soon.

  • Daniel Bronson

    Camp Instructor

  • Daniel Bronson is currently a high school social studies teacher and debate coach at Dover High School in Dover, New Jersey. He teachings Advanced Placement Government and Politics. He has earned a Ma…  Read More »

  • Margaret Rockey

    Camp Instructor

  • Staff member biography coming soon.

  • Maria Mayo

    Camp Instructor

  • Staff member biography coming soon.

  • Chris Ahern

    Camp Instructor

  • Chris Ahern has been teaching 12th-grade English in New Jersey for 22 years. During his tenure, he has been the high school debate team coach while integrating debate into his instruction. He is also …  Read More »

  • Mai Rubin

    Camp Counselor

  • Mai Rubin is a student at Florida State University who debated in High School Public Forum Debate for three years at Boca Raton Community High School, spending two of those years as the Public Forum t…  Read More »

  • Jonathan Savoy

    Camp Counselor

  • Jonathan Savoy got his start in competitive speech and debate while in high school and quickly built up experience in public speaking, mock trial, and a wide variety of other competition events, achie…  Read More »

  • Bryce Henshaw

    Camp Counselor

  • Bryce Henshaw is a student at Willamette University. She has had six years of debate experience, four years in high school where she participated in Policy Debate, and two years in college participati…  Read More »

  • Adrienne Houpt

    Camp Counselor

  • Adrienne Houpt is currently a Counseling major at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. While in high school she competed in Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Program Oral I…  Read More »

  • Allen Abbott

    Camp Counselor

  • Allen Abbott attends the University of Chicago, where he studies economics and public policy. In high school, he founded his school's national-level debate program and served as his team's…  Read More »

  • Tyler Durbin

    Camp Counselor

  • Tyler Durbin is a returning Capitol Debate camp counselor with a background in instruction and teaching. After competing in Policy debate for four years of high school, he switched to Parliamentary de…  Read More »

  • Kinny Torre

    Assistant Camp Director

  • Kinny Torres competed in policy debate for three in high school, where he was the captain of his policy team and won several tournaments in the Washington State Area. In college, he competed in Parli…  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.