Summer Debate Institute (Gr 7-10)
Our Debate programs teach the fundamentals of public speaking and debate. Students spend the first week of camp 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.
Each session is 2 weeks long and runs Mondays to Fridays from 9am-4pm. Students do not need to have prior experience in debate or public speaking in order to attend.
Tuition: Regular tuition for each 2-week session is $1,550. However, right now we’re offering the special price of $1,125. You can use the promo code DECEMBER to get this $425 discount until December 30, Midnight EST.
Each session will center on one of the following topic areas:
Globalization & the Economy: in this topic area, students will learn about political, economic, and military globalization. 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.
Drop Off and Pickup: Class starts at 9:00 am and Class ends at 4:00 pm.
Lunch and Snacks. Students need to bring their own lunch or snacks. We ask that all students do not pack any lunch with peanuts or tree-nuts (cashews, macadamia nuts, almonds, etc) due to allergy concerns.
Required Materials. Paper, Pens/Pencils, and a Notebook. Students should also bring a laptop or a tablet if possible to do research and writing. If you know that your child will not have access to a laptop, please let us know as soon as possible; we will do our best to have a couple laptops on site for students to share.
No Class on July 4. There is no class on July 4th – for all students registering for a session that includes July 4th, tuition will be reduced by 10%. After registering, you will receive a 10% refund in June (so that you have the option of changing to another session as long as possible).
- For our Young Speakers Program (Gr 4-6), go here.
- For our Explore Programs (Gr 7-9), go here.
- For our Advanced Debate programs (Gr 8-10), go here.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 617-901-4564