Debate and speech camps for kids

Find a debate and public speaking camp or program in Canada


Many kids are interested in debating and public speaking. Luckily, in Canada, there are lots of great camps that will allow your child to improve their skills in these areas.  Below, please find kids camps, as well as after school and evening programs that will help your child develop skills in debating and public speaking. Read more

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  • Camps that specialize in debate and speech for kids

    Power of Words Academy   
    An after-school writing and public speaking enrichment program. With a vigorous and interactive learning environment, your child will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to be effective writers and strong speakers.

    Don Mills, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 7 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $150/month
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 150 7-12 0 Don Mills, Toronto
    Focus Learning   
    Focus Learning is a STEM-focused learning centre. Our goal is for young learners to discover their inner curiosity and learn to learn! We are adding Minecraft: Education Edition, and BizKids Academy this summer!

    York Mills, Toronto; Don Mills, Toronto; Markham

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $355/week
    Day, Program Coed 355 4-17 1 York Mills, Toronto, Don Mills, Toronto, Markham
    Debate Camp Canada   
    For all students interested in public speaking, debating and model parliament. A well-rounded program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Both day and overnight camp options available.

    Ottawa; Bridle Path, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Montreal; Humber Valley Village, Toronto

    Education: Public Speaking/Debate

    • Ages 10 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $395/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 395 10-17 2 Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Toronto
    UTS: Experience Innovation   
    A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 9 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors.

    South Annex, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 10 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $565/session
    Day Coed 565 10-18 3 South Annex, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning South Mississauga   
    We offer low monthly rate programs in Readng, Writing, Math, Homework, Science Study Skills and Advanced Reading Strategies. Our STEM related programs in Robotics, Coding, Engineering are fun and affordable..

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $145/session
    Day, Program Coed 145 3-18 4 Mississauga
    AEMbots.com   
    We have established an award winning robotics program. Our Robotics Program serves to stimulate the student's interest in robotics while simultaneously gaining life experience through project building and team work.

    Vaughan

    Education: STEM

    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $35/day
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 35 6-14 5 Vaughan
    Cornell International Summer Debate Camp   
    Cornell University hosts an International Summer Debate Camp where students from all over the world engage in and advance their argumentation, debate, persuasive communication, and public speaking skills.

    New York

    Education: Public Speaking/Debate

    • Ages 14 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    Cost Varies
    Overnight Coed 0 14-18 6 New York


    Camps offering debate and speech for kids as an activity
    The Wylde Swan   
    Grow into a citizen of the world with this unique summer camp offering international travel, sailing aboard a tall-ship, education in geography, environmental sciences, leadership, communication skills, and so much more!

    Markham; International

    Sport: Sailing/Marine Skills

    • Ages 14 to 25
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $1,599/session
    Overnight Coed 1599 14-25 0 Markham, International
    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds.

    Minden

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight, family
    from $2,460/2 weeks
    Overnight, family Coed 2460 6-16 1 Minden
    MakerKids   
    Empowering the makers of tomorrow! MakerKids specializes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs with highly trained instructors. We run camps, after-school programs, private classes and more.

    Summerhill, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Ottawa

    Computer (multi)

    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $1/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 1 6-14 2 Summerhill, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ottawa
    UCC Summer Camps   
    A traditional day camp in the heart of Toronto offering Kids, Sports, Arts, Tech and Leadership programs for children aged 4-16. Lunch and Extended Care provided at no additional cost. Flexible weekly programming.

    Forest Hill, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $400/week
    Day Coed 400 4-16 3 Forest Hill, Toronto
    UCC Summer Life   
    A Co-ed Summer Enrichment Experience in the Heart of Toronto, Canada for International Students ages 10 to 15.

    Forest Hill, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 10 to 15
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $4,995/session
    Overnight Coed 4995 10-15 4 Forest Hill, Toronto
    TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps   
    TAC Sports, TAC Aquatics and Lifetime Skills Academy (LSA) specialize in sports, swim and S.T.E.M programming. Ages 4-16, Co-ed. Year round Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues across the GTA! Grow, Learn, Lead!

    Richmond Hill; Allenby, Toronto; Bayview Village, Toronto; Hogg's Hollow, Toronto

    Sport (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $250/week
    Day, Program Coed 250 4-16 5 Richmond Hill, Allenby, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Hogg's Hollow, Toronto
    Camp Muskoka   
    Boost your camper's self-confidence in a fun, safe & supportive community. Great staff, delicious food, comfy modern lodging and a variety of over 50 activities to choose from!

    Bracebridge

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $995/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 995 6-16 6 Bracebridge
    ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College   
    An exciting 4-week Summer Camp for International students aged 12-18 who want to learn and improve on the English Language. 110hours of ESL classroom instruction+Outdoor Activity Trip. Includes TOEFL Junior Assessment.

    Newmarket

    ESL

    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $5,600/month
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 5600 12-18 7 Newmarket
    Camp de vacances Kéno   
    This camp in the heart of a regional Quebec park offers traditional summer camp activities like rock climbing, sea kayaking, nature trails and more.

    St-Léonard-de-Portneuf

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 20
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $400/week
    Overnight Coed 400 6-20 8 St-Léonard-de-Portneuf
    Ridley College Summer Programmes   
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Experience Niagara, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Rowing and many more!

    St. Catharines

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $260/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 260 4-17 9 St. Catharines
    Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp   
    Offers many sports summer camp activities along with ESL and FSL integration. Activities include golf, horseback riding and much more.

    Sherbrooke

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 11 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $4,300/month
    Overnight Coed 4300 11-16 10 Sherbrooke
    Sylvan Learning Ottawa   
    Sylvan Ottawa offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps, tutoring and homework help programs for kids in JK to Grade 12. Attend full full day, half day or 1-hour after-school programs.

    Ottawa

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 5 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $129/month
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 129 5-18 11 Ottawa
    Meadow Green Summer Camp   
    MGA is well-known for its academic excellence and for providing individualized programming. The morning program focuses on language arts and math, the afternoon on activities such as sports, crafts, and games.

    Mississauga

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 3 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $395/week
    Day Coed 395 3-13 12 Mississauga
    Sidney Ledson Institute   
    Give your child the advantage of academic advancement / reinforcement in curriculum subjects and SSAT/ISEE prep during the Summer holidays.  Daily physical activity and outdoor play.

    Don Mills, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 2.5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $275/week
    Day, Program Coed 275 2.5-14 13 Don Mills, Toronto
    Camp Pathfinder   
    Est. 1914. A traditional boys' summer camp on a wooded island in the heart of Algonquin. Full in-camp program. Wilderness canoe trips, water and land sports, ropes, ecology. A spectacular setting and exceptional staff.

    Algonquin Park

    Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping

    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Boys
    • Overnight, family
    from $1,000/week
    Overnight, family Boys 1000 7-16 14 Algonquin Park
    Camp North Star   
    A co-ed overnight camp on 200 acres in Poland, Maine. Campers enjoy an elective program with 100+ choices that focuses on instruction and skill development in Arts, Athletics, Enrichment, Outdoors and Waterfront.

    Maine

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $3,100/session
    Overnight Coed 3100 7-17 15 Maine
    Power4Teens   
    A unique, intimate small camp experience. So much fun with amazing life lessons on self esteem, empowerment, self understanding and a variety of activities, paddle boarding, boxing, yoga, boot camp, meditation and more.

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; Torrance

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $375/week
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 375 8-16 16 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Torrance
    Lovell International Camps   
    Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. Offering a host of sports and activities including: Language, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Horse Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Cultural Excursions & Overnight Expeditions.

    International

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $800/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 800 6-18 17 International
    Brain Power Enrichment Programs   
    With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA.

    North Toronto, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 7 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $325/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 325 7-18 18 North Toronto, Toronto
    Ryerson Summer Day Camps   
    Ryerson University offers safe and fun experiences for kids and teens. Programs include basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, science, engineering, journalism, robotics, architecture, film, french, design, and more!

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $300/week
    Day Coed 300 6-17 19 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Me to We Take Action Camp   
    Take Action Day & Overnight Camp are where young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, games and hands on volunteer experience, in a fun and inclusive environment!

    Arizona; Bethany; Corktown, Toronto

    Education: Social Justice/Empowerment

    • Ages 9 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $400/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 400 9-18 20 Arizona, Bethany, Corktown, Toronto
    Laurus Summer Camp   
    Montreal & Laval's #1 lifestyle summer day camp that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 to 15! Registration is Open for 2018!

    Montreal; Laval

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $200/week
    Day Coed 200 3-15 21 Montreal, Laval
    LIT Education Inc.   
    A specialized learning academy to help those who are looking to enter college or university in Toronto or an English speaking institution, immigration, or employment.

    Deer Park, Toronto

    Education: Academic/Tutoring

    • Ages 12 to 65
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $100/week
    Day, Program Coed 100 12-65 22 Deer Park, Toronto
    Ryerson Performance Youth and Community Programs   
    Theatre day camp that introduces kids, teens, and adults to the joys of performing, and trains those looking to pursue theatre. Develop self-confidence & social skills while exploring the world of the stage.

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $325/session
    Day Coed 325 4-18 23 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Downtown East, Toronto
    Brentwood College School Summer Camps   
    Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, Brentwood College School offers focused camps for Soccer, Rugby 7s, Outdoor Pursuits, Rowing, Rock Band, Debate, and Musical Theatre for kids aged 8 to 17.

    Mill Bay

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $185/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 185 8-17 24 Mill Bay
    Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)   
    Connections: Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) and QSEA Jr. is an engineering-focused summer program that exposes students to engineering design, various engineering disciplines, Makerspaces, and Innovation.

    Kingston

    Science: Engineering

    • Ages 13 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $375/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 375 13-17 25 Kingston
    Kidnetix   
    Be creative, have fun and meet new friends in our March break and Summer camps in Brampton and Toronto. Dynamic programming includes: Lego Robotic's, sports, arts & crafts, workshops, field trips & indoor playground fun!

    Brampton; Downsview, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $150/week
    Day Coed 150 4-12 26 Brampton, Downsview, Toronto
    Radiant Girls   
    A unique Girls Wellness Camp in a retreat setting. Featuring Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Coaching for Confidence & Emotional Intelligence, Meaningful Expressive Art, Fun & lots of giggling.

    Burlington; Hamilton; Milton

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 13
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $50/day
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 50 8-13 27 Burlington, Hamilton, Milton
    University of King's College   
    University of King's College has: 1) summer day camp for ages 6-12, 2) Humanities for Young People, a summer live-in program for teens, 3) soccer and basketball camps in March Break, in-service days and early August.

    Halifax

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $150/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 150 6-17 28 Halifax
    Glenburnie Summer Camp   
    Glenburnie Summer Camp 2035 Upper Middle Rd. E., Oakville, ON L6H 2K7 This camp offers a variety of activities ranging from science and technology to arts to sports. Extended care is also available.

    Oakville

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $190/week
    Day, Program Coed 190 4-12 29 Oakville
    Oxford Learning High Park   
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Tutoring takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $310/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 310 4-12 30 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    ExplorerHop   
    Where Kids learn about Money & the World. Experience different cultures, learn about Money Management, Open your own business and immerse in fun activities, sports and music .

    Leaside, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 7 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $275/week
    Day Coed 275 7-14 31 Leaside, Toronto
    1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College   
    Leadership camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service, and friendship.

    Quebec City; South Annex, Toronto; Bancroft

    Reading: Leadership training

    • Ages 9 to 18
    • Boys
    • Overnight
    from $150/week
    Overnight Boys 150 9-18 32 Quebec City, South Annex, Toronto, Bancroft
    Stanstead College Summer Camps   
    Summer Camps for local and foreign students. Wide variety of camps offered such as Language, STEM, Cultural, Hockey Specific and much more!

    Stanstead

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $1,000/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 1000 11-17 33 Stanstead
    Brock Youth University   
    A unique program experience right on the Brock University Campus. Over 95 programs to choose from including +40 STEM Camps. Choose from: class day and overnight trips, summer camps and after-school programs.

    St. Catharines

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $178/session
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed 178 8-17 34 St. Catharines
    Royal Ontario Museum Summer Club   
    Diverse Toronto summer camp (with March Break programs) offering kids programs in science, history, art, environment and more.

    South Annex, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $250/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 250 5-16 35 South Annex, Toronto
    Brick Labs   
    Discover your "inner brickness" at our fun-filled LEGO-themed Art, Education and Entertainment facility. Parties, Clubs, Camps, Drop-ins and more. Create, innovate and collaborate in 1 of our 4 themed labs.

    York Mills, Toronto

    Science: LEGO

    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $15/day
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 15 5-16 36 York Mills, Toronto
    Camp Cherith - Ontario   
    This Christian camp includes focuses on theatre arts, horseback riding, canoe tripping and more, situated in the heart of Grey-Bruce in south central Ontario.

    Southern Bruce County

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $479/week
    Overnight Coed 479 6-16 37 Southern Bruce County
    Bee Smart Learning Centre   
    Balance of Learning and Fun! Learn hands-on science, enriched mathematics, English/ESL, photography & movie making, orchestra, theatre and more. Fun outdoor sports, games and field trips.

    Thornhill

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 3 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $180/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 180 3-16 38 Thornhill
    Camp UofT Scarborough   
    Camp UofT Scarborough is a progressive summer day camp that provides recreational activities in tennis, team sports, horse-back riding, and a variety of arts and science programming such as dance, drama and computers!

    Highland Creek, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $235/week
    Day Coed 235 6-16 39 Highland Creek, Toronto
    ICE Robotics   
    A personalized interactive Summer Camp, providing more than 25 STEM learning modules in combination with variety of in-door and out-door activities.

    New Toronto, Toronto

    Education: STEM

    • Ages 5 to 21
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $50/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 50 5-21 40 New Toronto, Toronto
    STEAMlabs   
    A hi-tech maker space for curious hands-on kids. We use the latest tools and technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting, to help your child bring their ideas to life.

    Downtown West, Toronto; Danforth Village, Toronto; Wallace Emerson, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $10/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 10 6-17 41 Downtown West, Toronto, Danforth Village, Toronto, Wallace Emerson, Toronto



    What a debate and speech camp has to offer

    In a debate and speech camp, your child will learn effective skills and techniques. While some camps focus primarily on debate or public speech, most camps teach these together, since they focus on similar sets of skills. You'll find bothsummer and winter debate and speech camps.

    Nevertheless, there are some distinct skills your child will acquire from each kind of camp. In a debate camp, your child will learn and develop the following kinds of knowledge and skills:

    • The structure of debate
    • Different types of debate (such as parliamentary, policy, and Socratic debates)
    • Debating rules and etiquette
    • Researching topics
    • Staking and defending a position
    • Use of arguments, logic, and reasoning
    • How to address an opponent’s claim or argument
    • Refutation and counterpoints

    In a public speaking camp or course, your child will acquire many of these same skills and much of the same knowledge. In addition, though, they’ll acquire some new knowledge and skills, including the following:

    • Different types of speeches and topics
    • Projecting and modulating one’s voice
    • Organizing and structuring a speech
    • Delivery strategies
    • Use of transitions
    • Playing to an audience
    • Use of emotional techniques

    Benefits of debate and speech camp

    In a debate and public speaking camp, your child will be able to practice their techniques in front of audiences. They’ll also receive instruction from trained teachers, and feedback from teachers, fellow campers, and audiences. They may also have the opportunity to compete in competitions, in Canada, the US, or overseas.

    These camps teach your child practical and theoretical skills that can allow them to excel in and outside of school. They also, though, have some less obvious benefits. For instance, they can help your child become more well-rounded and healthier, by improving their

    Above, we list debate and public speaking camps in Canada. These include camps in Toronto, Mississauga, EtobicokeOttawa, WindsorVictoria, and Vancouver. Click on a camp to learn more about its programs and approach.





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