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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.  

For instance, there are summer and winter debate and speech camps. There are also after school and evening programs offering instruction in debate and public speaking.

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.

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

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



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  • 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; Summerhill, Toronto; Montreal; Humber Valley Village, Toronto

    Education: Public Speaking/Debate
    • Ages 10 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $395/week
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    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 395 10-17 0 Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, Summerhill, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Toronto
    Camps offering debate and speech for kids as an activity
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  • 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 Camp
    from $400/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 400 4-16 0 Forest Hill, Toronto
    Startup Skool
    Educating your child for the future: entrepreneurship, design thinking, and technology training for youth ages 8 - 18. Your child will learn the soft and technical skills required to excel in the real world.

    Vancouver; Vancouver; Victoria

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $395/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 395 8-16 1 Vancouver, Victoria
    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 Camp
    from $2,340/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 2340 6-16 2 Minden
    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 Camp
    from $895/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 895 6-16 3 Bracebridge
    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; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $260/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 260 6-17 4 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Ridley College Summer Programmes
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Symphony, Discover Canada, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Entrepreneur Workshop, Rowing and many more!

    St. Catharines

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $3,499/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 3499 9-17 5 St. Catharines
    KidzWhiz
    Kids technology programs in Lego robotics, animation, game design, Scratch, Minecraft, and programming. We do weekly programs, March Break and Summer Camps, and birthday parties. We participate in the FLL competition.

    Markham; Markham; Markham

    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 12
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $225/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 225 6-12 6 Markham
    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

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 2.5 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $150/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 150 2.5-14 7 Don Mills, Toronto
    Ryerson Performance Youth and Community Programs
    Theatre day camp that introduces kids, teens, and adults to the joys of performing, & educates + trains those looking to pursue theatre. Develop self-confidence & social skills while exploring the world of the stage.

    Downtown East, Toronto; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 4 to 99
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $300/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 300 4-99 8 Downtown East, Toronto, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy: Artsfilled Day Camp
    Does your child enjoy Sports, Arts, Music,Dance & more? When each day is dedicated to a new area of fun, children are always engaged in learning something new and there's never a dull moment! Spaces fill fast-call today!

    Caledon

    Art (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $120/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 120 4-12 9 Caledon
    Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code
    Our Camps are designed for creative kids and teens between the ages of 7-13 years old who want to use technology to change the world by becoming creators and not just consumers.

    Downtown West, Toronto; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Junction Triangle, Toronto

    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed, Girls
    • Day Camp
    from $1/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed, Girls 1 6-17 10 Downtown West, Toronto, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Junction Triangle, Toronto
    Bee Smart Learning Centre
    Balance of Learning and Fun! Learn hands-on science, enriched mathematics, English/ESL, photography & movie making, and more. Fun outdoor sports, games and field trips.

    Thornhill

    Education: Math
    • Ages 3 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $180/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 180 3-14 11 Thornhill
    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

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 250 6-14 12 Vaughan
    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 Camp
    from $950/week
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Girls 950 8-16 13 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Torrance
    Laurus Summer Camp
    Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports!

    Montreal

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 200 3-15 14 Montreal
    Hands on Exotics
    An educational day camp that provides campers with a hands on experience with exotic animals. Zoo Camp includes activities such as zookeeping, animal enrichment, arts & crafts, sports, science experiments and more!

    Alderwood, Toronto

    Science: Zooology/Animals
    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $410/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 410 6-16 15 Alderwood, Toronto
    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 Camp
    from $230/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 230 6-16 16 Highland Creek, Toronto
    Arts Unleashed
    Confidence. Creativity. Imagination. '100% kid-created' Performing Arts company where children build their own live plays! Painting, set design, characters and costumes. Sometimes Messy. Always exciting.

    Pickering; Pickering; Ajax

    Art : Theatre Arts
    • Ages 2 to 10
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $216/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 216 2-10 17 Pickering, Ajax
    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

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $15/session
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 15 7-17 18 Downtown West, Toronto
    Lovell International Camps
    Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. With over 25 different sports ex.: Boating, Canyoning, Golf, Gymnastics, High Ropes, Hiking, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Climbing, Paddle Board, Tennis, Wake-board.

    International; International

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day & Overnight Camp
    from $5,170/3 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day & Overnight Camp Coed 5170 6-18 19 International
    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; Ottawa

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day Camp
    from $224/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 224 4-18 20 Ottawa
    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 Camp
    from $15/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Camp Coed 15 5-16 21 York Mills, Toronto
    Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure
    Set sail, haul the line, take the helm & climb aloft! Maybe earn a high school credit, meet new friends, challenge yourself, practice leadership skills, swim, eat great food & have fun sailing a 110' tall ship!

    New Brunswick (1); Nova Scotia (2); Ontario (4); Quebec (1); United States (1)

    Travel
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight Camp
    from $900/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Camp Coed 900 12-18 22 Kingston, Ottawa, Hamilton, Quebec City, Louisbourg, Lunenburg, Saint John, New York