The Hun School of Princeton

Summer Debate Camps

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

The Hun School of Princeton is a private, coeducational, secondary boarding school founded in 1914 by Dr. John Gale Hun. It is located between Philadelphia and New York City, nestled on an idyllic forty-five-acre campus, less than two miles from downtown Princeton and Princeton University. Students in grades six through a post-graduate year comprise a student body of 635, representing a diverse blend of nationalities, races, religions, and traditions.

Summer Camps at The Hun School of Princeton

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    June 30 to July 12, 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.

Hun School, Princeton NJ 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

Chuck McCarthy

Camp Director

Chuck McCarthy has held multiple roles at Wall Hall School in Wall, New Jersey from AP American History Teacher to National Honors Society Faculty Advisor to Social Studies/ROTC Department Chairperson…  Read More »

Bobby Strickland

Camp Wellness / Nurse

Bobby Strickland, a Registered Nurse, will be joining Capitol Debate for the first time this summer. He has four years of experience as an RN with a specialty in Intensive care. Bobby received his Ass…  Read More »

Daniel Austin

Camp Instructor

Daniel Austin is a middle school social studies teacher in Piscataway, NJ, where he frequently incorporates debate and public speaking activities into the ancient and medieval history curricula. A lif…  Read More »

Margarita Artoglou

Camp Instructor

I am a college senior majoring in Communication and Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism and minoring in English. I have experience in print and broadcast journalism, as well as PR and mar…  Read More »

Michael Perry

Camp Instructor

As a member of the Instructional Team at Capitol Debate, Mike is passionate in his desire to help students develop important life skills that will have a positive impact on their educational experienc…  Read More »

Robert Adanto

Camp Instructor

Robert Adanto is excited to be teaching at Capitol Debate this summer. While competing for Arizona State University Forensics, Robert became the first Sun Devil to win an individual event national cha…  Read More »

Marissa Pena

Camp Instructor

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Nicole Sandoval

Camp Counselor

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Morgan Moore

Camp Counselor

Morgan debated with the Shipley School Debate team for three years and was co-captain of the team during his sophomore and juniors years of high school. She has years of experience with the Lincoln-Do…  Read More »

Olivia Adams

Camp Counselor

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Griffin Badalamente

Camp Counselor

One of the oldest members of the Capitol Debate family, Griffin has debated public forum with Capitol for 7 years, his first tournament being middle school nationals in 6th grade. Griffin has gotten t…  Read More »

Grace Findley

Camp Counselor

Grace Findley is a senior at Boca Raton Community High School where she has served as PF captain since her junior year. She has reached elimination rounds at tournaments such as Harvard, Nova Titan an…  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.