Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate
The University of California at Los Angeles is one of the premier research schools in the United States and boasts a top-20 overall ranking of Universities worldwide. It is located in the Westwood region of Los Angeles and is surrounded by the Bel Air, Brentwood, and Beverly Hills neighborhoods. With the second-ranked fine arts program in the U.S. and the top ranked school for clinical psychology, UCLA's highlights are many and varied. It's athletic program is the most successful in NCAA history with 113 team championships and athletes earning gold medals in every Olympics since 1932.
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.
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.
I love Capitol debate. It is such a great opportunity to learn more and meet new people.
As a rather shy student, my experience had made a strong me... I had learned a lot about debating and public speaking. Now, I feel more comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups of people.
Capitol Debate makes learning engaging and fun, which is the best of both worlds!
This debate camp will give your kid the skill set to advocate for themselves for the rest of their life. They will also make close friends. Meg loved everything she learned but mostly she loved feeling apart of something bigger than herself. She loved the instructors and friends.
Thank you for making this such a great experience. I was nervous at first but I knew I made the right decision to come here. Everyone made it so special.
More than any other camp I have been at, the bonds that were made at UNC Chapel Hill this year were the most obvious. It was impossible for me not to cry at the closing ceremony because of how close we had all become.
The camp is run by very professional staff and seems carefully organized to provide teenagers with a perfect blend of fun and academic challenge, with long-lasting impact. Their peers were amazing kids and the counselors are truly dedicated.
This camp improved my argumentation and speaking technique significantly and had a great impact on me as a developing debater. This was the best debate camp experience of my life compared to others. I definitely found my voice!
The best camp you could ever ask for, ranging from education to fun, you will NOT want to go home!
Capitol Debate is not only an engaging, educational program, but it also is an amazingly fun camp. All the staff and campers were fun to be around, and we had a lot of time to bond with one another. I felt more confident as camp went on with myself as a public speaker or debater. I loved my experience at Capitol Debate, and there are memories from this camp that I never will forget.
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.