Your child will gain valuable critical thinking, reading, writing, and analysis skills.

This program is a good fit for beginner or intermediate students who want to learn basic public speaking and debate skills. Students spend the first week learning how to construct an argument, how to give a rebuttal, and how to engage in cross examination. During the second week, students research and prepare for a specific camp debate topic that is different for each session. We group students by age and experience to make sure that first-time beginners feel comfortable and have fun trying debate for the first time.

Age Range

12 - 15 Years Old


9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Skill Level

Beginner - Intermediate




2 weeks



Please note, there is a $75 per-week surcharge for our UES sessions due to a higher cost of rent in these locations. For all locations, we will not be running class on July 4th. Sessions that include July 4th will be receiving a pro-rated discount, which will be applied in June (in case you need to change dates before then).


Each session will center on one of the following topic areas. Please note, younger students will have lots of personal coaching, and will focus on simplified versions of these topic areas, so that they can feel comfortable learning about debate at their level.

Economic Policy & Trade: in this topic area, students will learn about globalization, trade policy, and economic interdependence. Students will discuss the benefits and harms of offshoring, will learn about the effects of global trade on local economies, and learn how the United States partners and competes with other nations on the global stage.

Foreign Aid and Policy: in this topic area, students learn about how the US works with other countries like China, Pakistan, and Israel. Students will focus specifically focus on the effects of foreign aid, including developmental aid, humanitarian aid, and military aid. Students will learn about the importance of foreign aid as a policy tool, but also as a humanitarian good.

Global Current Events: this topic area will focus on a current event topics that is in the news and being widely discussed. Topics may cover refugee crisis, nuclear proliferation, democracy promotion, climate change, or global politics with a specific focus on how US policy is contextualized in a global environment.  

Communication Confidence

Debate teaches students to stand up and explain their ideas to others. Our program is built around personalized coaching and feedback. From cross-examination, to researching, to delivering speeches, students are given consistent 1-1 feedback and encouragement. Students walk away empowered by their abilities to articulate and communicate more effectively.

All our programs guarantee a 6:1 student teacher ratio, which means that your child will get lots of individualized coaching and attention.

Students learn to construct arguments and to back them with strong logic and evidence. Debate forces students to really think rigorously about their positions.

Understanding and Refuting Opposition

Students learn the key to effective refutation is carefully listening to their opposition. They are able to break down, interpret, and understand all arguments through debating both sides on each topic. By understanding of nuances of every argument, they learn the lifelong skill of looking at every situation, problem, and solution through multidimensional lenses.

All our programs guarantee a 6:1 student teacher ratio, which means that your child will get lots of individualized coaching and attention.

Especially in public speaking, students have to learn that mistakes are OK, as long as they keep on going and give it their best shot!

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