Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
Capitol Debate is pleased to offer our one of our most popular debate camps in New Jersey, located at the beautiful 280 acre enclosed Rider University at Lawrenceville Township, just outside of Princeton, New Jersey. Rider University provides students with over 70 choices of undergraduate majors and over 40 graduate-level degree programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, music, fine and performing arts, counseling, as well as human services and leadership.
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.
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 $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.
One of the best learning experiences. I truly had the summer of a lifetime.
I was amazed by the amount of knowledge my son gained during the two-week camp. This was his first experience of learning and actually practicing debate, and I think now he has solid knowledge of what a public forum debate is and how to search for evidence to support his argument.
I made a lot of friends and learned how to debate! I never felt uncomfortable and everyone was really welcoming! I can't wait for next summer!!
I think Capitol Debate has helped me gain the skills and experience that I need to be a successful teacher in the future. It has allowed me to teach children something I am passionate about and see that passion passed on to the next generation.
Capitol Debate makes learning engaging and fun, which is the best of both worlds!
I became much more independent and mature in these two weeks than what I normally would have in two months. You have so much fun in the dorms that you don't have time to miss your family. Camp is an awesome and epic experience!!
Capitol Debate is an amazing place to make new friends and have fun as well as developing new skills that really make an impact on the way you debate. This is definitely a place that I would want to come back to next year.
I'm also thankful for all the staff's efforts and caring. We talked with our son every day and could see he was adjusting to the dorm life well with the caring RAs. Whenever I emailed Rachel, she replied to me right away with detailed information that I exactly needed. I also appreciate the nurse for taking care of our son when he had a nose bleeding (due to seasonal allergy) several times during the first few days of the camp. Certainly Capitol Debate camp provides experience and education that students cannot have from their school.
Capitol Debate made my summer way better than it's been. I loved learning debate with enthusiastic teachers and good friends. I will be back every year and maybe try different locations.
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 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.