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Looking for a fun & educational summer day camp for your tween or teen? Whether they are born debaters or struggle with confidence in public speaking, your kids will love Debate Camp!

Debate Camp is celebrating 20 years of summer camps built on the foundation that public speaking should be a fun experience and not be intimidating for kids.  They carefully create a welcoming environment with just the right level of challenge for all campers. Campers will learn analysis, critical thinking, collaboration, connection, creativity, delivery, and respect!

Debate Camp will be held at 2 convenient locations in Metro Vancouver for Summer 2023:

  • Camps at York House School in Vancouver run the weeks of July 3 - 7July 10 - 14, with bus transportation available for campers coming from Richmond; AND
  • Camps at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver run the week of July 17-21.


Debate Camp teaches and develops camper skills in parliamentary debate.  Campers work in teams of 2 to generate ideas in support of, or in refutation of a selection of debatable topics (new each day).

public speaking
Campers work towards speaking for 2 - 3 minutes, often with limited notes.  All sessions warm up with speaking games that encourage participation and help campers overcome any reluctance to speak.
Model UN
Model United Nations is introduced after speaking & debating skills development is underway. Campers take on the role of select countries & try to solve a fictional world problem. 

register NOW for debate camp IN VANCOUVER or West Vancouver!

We love that ALL are welcome at Debate Camp, from the novice, reluctant speaker to the already-competitive debater. Grade 5-11 students are divided into groups so that each camper can thrive & develop their skills. 

OPEN PROGRAM:  Built for true beginners.  There are 2 or 3 groups of Open Program campers at each camp, often further divided by age group - to ensure that older campers still feel comfortable at the novice level. 

PLUS PROGRAM: Built for campers who are familiar with debating and may have some experience from previous summers or at school. They may have also shown interest and enjoyed success in public speaking.

LEVEL UP PROGRAM: Built for campers who know how to debate, either parliamentary or public-forum style. They may have attended in previous summers or are a regular part of a debating program at their school.

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