Capitol Debate Summer Camps

  • San Diego, CA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Camp Type: Overnight, Day
  • Age of Campers: 8 - 18
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 2001
  • Accreditations: 1

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Communication, Law & Debate - Loyola Baltimore, July 13 - July 25, 2014.  University of San Diego, June 29 - July 11, 2014. Lawrenceville School Princeton, New Jersey July 27 - August 8, 2014.

Communication, Law, & Debate teaches high school students the fundamentals of argument, enabling them to develop core skills that boost confidence and build self-esteem. Our residential debate camp gives high school students the chance to cultivate their communication skills in a warm and friendly environment. The instruction, skills, and experience our students gain will aid them on their debate team, model United Nations team, mock trial team, or speech team.

Our debate camps are intended to provide specific guidance in structuring arguments, writing cases, researching evidence, writing rebuttal briefs, delivering speeches, and refuting opposing debate teams.

Debate students will gain more than just debating techniques. They will have an increased sense of self-worth. They will learn thinking skills that are critical to communication among their peers. They will work with leading lecturers from around the country— lecturers who have years of teaching and debating experience.

How We Teach

The aim of our academic camp is to enhance the lives of our students, and we do that with careful instruction and application in small groups. The theories taught in class are always applied in practice. The skills we teach are specifically applied in the areas of public forum debate, Model United Nations, and mock trial.

A lecture on evidence and statistics will be followed by application. Campers will be placed with a small group of debate students, who have similar experience, to examine the evidence and find flaws in the statistics.

Application is the key to concrete understanding. The principles taught at our summer debate institute are cemented in the minds of our students through real-time application and experience, under the observation of our staff.

What We Teach

Our high school debate camps teach students to:

  • Deliver Winning Speeches
  • Refute the Other Debating Team
  • Take Notes During a Debate
  • Cross-Examine Their Opponents
  • Structure Their Arguments
  • Back-Up Their Arguments with Evidence
  • Research the Evidence They Need
  • Write Persuasive Cases
  • Draft Rebuttal Briefs

Our high school debate institutes place campers under the oversight of instructors and lecturers who have given their lives to teaching and debate—instructors who have acquired their skills over a lifetime of experience.

Three students Prepare
Students Will Learn the Skills They Need to Compete in High School Debate

Every time a student presents or participates in a debate, our instructors are observing, critiquing, and giving feedback. Students receive a notebook that details specific ways they should refine their approach to debate, strengths they posses, and areas where they need to grow. Students, you will receive what you need to become a skilled debater.

To achieve a balanced program, we mix theory, practice, and practical instruction.

Middle School Debate Camp-

Loyola Baltimore, July 13 - July 25, 2014.  University of San Diego, June 29 - July 11, 2014. Lawrenceville School Princeton, New Jerse July 27 - August 8, 2014

Our middle school debate camps teach the fundamentals of argumentation, enabling kids to develop core debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. They offer students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment.

The curricula of our middle school debate camps aim to equip children to structure arguments, prepare debate cases, research evidence, write rebuttal briefs, deliver speeches, and refute opponents. It will prepare them to join high school debate teams, Model United Nations teams, or speech teams.

Not only will our students learn debating skills, they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills, and improve communication with their peers.

How We Teach

We challenge our debate students to apply the material they have learned in their lectures. Rather than just hearing and forgetting huge amounts of information, they put into practice the theories presented in class.

For example, following a lecture on evidence and statistics children will be split into small groups. With the guidance of experienced instructors, our middle school debate students will test their understanding by examining evidence and finding flaws in the statistics presented.

Our experience has shown that such exercises best develop, stretch, and cement a child’s understanding of the core skills we are teaching, helping them to maximize their potential

What We Teach

Students of our middle school debate institutes learn to:

  • Deliver Winning Speeches
  • Refute the Opposing Debate Team
  • Take Notes During a Debate
  • Cross-Examine Their Debate Opponents
  • Structure Their Arguments
  • Back-Up Their Arguments with Evidence
  • Research the Evidence They Need
  • Write Persuasive Cases
  • Draft Rebuttal Briefs

We Make Debaters Better

Middle school debate is a chance for children to practice basic argument skills, with the guidance of our experienced teachers. Each camper receives detailed feedback, notes, and instructions about how to improve. They review, refine, and re-deliver their debates the next day. Parents, your child will become a better debater.

Two Students Prepare Their Case at Middle School Debate Camp

Academic Camps Allow Children to Learn, Grow, and Gain Real Experience

Our debate camps are specifically designed to provide practical application. Campers have access to expert training. They have access to all the tools they need to grow and progress in debate.

Creative Writing Program - Loyola University Maryland, July 13 - July 25, 2014, University of San Diego, June 29 - July 11, 2014

Capitol Classic Debate’s creative writing camp lets children learn the basics of constructing original works of literature. Our goal is to give them the information, instruction, and guidance they need to become competent authors in a wide range of literary styles.

Our creative writing camps focus on equipping campers to begin writing their own literature. They learn tried and true techniques while still developing their own voice and style. Students will study the works of great authors, past and present, learn stylistic literary methods, and begin composing their own works.

Writing workshops introduce students to the details of literature. Campers study these details to begin developing skills that will aid them in academia and their future careers.

How We Teach

Similar to debate and public speaking, writing can only be learned by writing. Through examining the art of respected authors, campers will see and hear the styles and techniques of literature.

That is only half the story, however. After seeing what writers wrote, our campers learn how they wrote it. Every approach we teach is tried and applied by the students as they compose works of their own.

Experience in writing is essential to becoming an author. The only way to learn how to write is by writing and writing and writing.

What We Teach

Our summer writing camps teach students to understand, analyze, and write:

  • Advertising
  • Idea Development
  • Essay Writing
  • Studying Literature
  • Short-Stories
  • Voice & Characterization
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Children’s Books
  • Journalism

We Make Writers Better

Our instructors not only lead students as they learn the underlying principles of creative writing, but they show concrete examples of how to apply them. Their experience, insights, and encouragement provide the springboard from which students grow and improve as authors.

Three Boys Writing at Our Academic Summer Camp

Capitol Classic Debate’s Summer Writing Camp Teaches Students the Elements of Writing and Creative Styles

Students will write many works of literature during this program. Each piece they write will be read, analyzed, and appraised by our staff. Students will receive feedback, ask questions, and get specific answers from their instructors. Parents, your student will become a better writer.

Our goal in this class is to give campers the tips, tricks, and technical theories they need to write well, without stifling their natural style.

How We Teach

All the students of our broadcast journalism programs participate in live broadcasting. They are taught the theories and craft of this verbal media. Every tactic we teach, from writing to researching to presenting, is tried in real-time.

Students have access to a university broadcasting center. They put ideas into practice in front of their peers, in front of a real camera, and in front of a real collegiate audience.

The benefit of broadcasting camps is the chance to apply the philosophy of journalism, with the facilities and equipment necessary to gain real experience. The skills campers learn will be learned through practice, rather than through endless lectures in a classroom.

What We Teach

Students at our broadcast journalism classes will learn to:

  • Perform Interviews
  • Participate in Live Shows
  • Edit and Produce
  • Research and Write Stories
  • Present on Camera
  • Create News Segments

Public Speaking Camp – Notre Dame of Maryland, June 22 - July 12, 2014. University of San Diego, June 29 - July 11, 2014

The Introduction to Public Speaking workshops, held at our debate camps, guide children through the techniques of public speaking, helping them to discover the gift of communication. They will learn to present a polished speech before their peers. They will go through exercises and practice sessions to develop delivery skills such as vocal variety, articulation, and voice projection.

The Intermediate Public Speaking for kids takes them further. They will learn more advanced techniques and how to write and deliver different forms of speech.

These classes can be taken separately or together. We offer the option of a two-week summer debate camp session that allows children to immerse themselves in the public speaking school experience.

All children want to shine amongst their peers. Our teachers are highly skilled and creative in cultivating children’s communication skills. By attending our academic summer camps, they will learn the skills that will benefit them in academics and their future careers.

How We Teach

We challenge our students to apply the material they have learned in their lectures. Rather than just hearing and forgetting huge amounts of information, they put into practice the theories presented in class.

For example, all our debate classes and public speaking workshops include real-time debates or solo presentations. Students will prepare, organize, and present 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.

What We Teach

At our academic camps, public speaking for kids allows them to get hands on experience in presenting. They will learn:

  • Techniques to Overcome Anxiety
  • Organization Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Vocal Variety
  • Articulation
  • Voice Projection

Program Options

We offer the following combinations:

One Week Session: Introduction to Public Speaking

Two Week Session: Introduction to Public Speaking plus Public Speaking 2

Two Week Session: Introduction to Public Speaking plus Mock Trial

We Make Speakers Better

Public speaking is learned through practice. It is refined by study. It is expanded by understanding the concepts that create it. Through all this, insightful instruction is essential. Our staff minutely monitor the performance and progress of each camper. They listen to the speeches, give tips about how to improve, and provide extensive notes for the students to review. Parents, we will teach your child to become a better, more confident speaker.

A Young Speaker at Academic Camp
Students Learn the Basics of Public Presentation, Then Advance to More Difficult Forms of Speech

Practice, study, and understanding are the keys to effective presenting and public speaking.

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