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

    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 $425/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 425 4-16 0 Forest Hill, Toronto
    Sylvan Learning Thornhill   
    Sylvan camp will spark the creativity of campers through various hands on STEM related activities, such as robot building, math/science projects and creative writing.

    Thornhill; Markham

    Education: Academic/Tutoring

    • Ages 3 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $149/month
    Day, Program Coed 149 3-18 1 Thornhill, Markham
    Sylvan Learning of Mississauga Centre   
    We offer low monthly rate programs in Readng, Writing, Math, Homework, Science Study Skills and Advanced Reading Strategies. Our STEM related programs and camps receive great popularity.

    Mississauga

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $159/session
    Day, Program Coed 159 4-18 2 Mississauga
    Debate Camp   
    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 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $425/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 425 10-16 3 Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Toronto
    Focus Learning Academic Centre   
    An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps.

    York Mills, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 8 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $420/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 420 8-15 4 York Mills, 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.

    Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 11 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $585/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 585 11-18 5 Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, South Annex, Toronto
    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.

    Vaughan

    Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)

    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $325/program
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 325 6-18 6 Vaughan
    Topkids Education Center   
    Topkids Education Center provides tutoring in academics, music, art, drama, public speaking, virtual sports, and more! Take advantage of our free trial class! PA Day, March & Winter Break, and Summer Camps too!

    Windfields, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 100
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $25/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 25 4-100 7 Windfields, Toronto
    Explorer Hop   
    Featured in BBC. A camp where kids learn about Entrepreneurship, Money Management, Innovation, Debate Camp and even get to create their own board game!

    Leaside, Toronto

    Education: Entrepreneurship

    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program, family
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program, family Coed 350 6-14 8 Leaside, Toronto


    Camps offering debate and speech for kids as an activity
    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 15
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $150/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 150 4-15 0 Brampton, Downsview, Toronto
    Camp Pathfinder   
    Est. 1914. A traditional boys' summer camp, island campus in Algonquin. Full in-camp program. Water, land and camp skills. Wilderness canoe trips, Spectacular setting. Exceptional staff. Positive masculine culture. Fun!

    Algonquin Park

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Boys
    • Overnight, family
    from $1,000/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight, family Boys 1000 7-16 1 Algonquin Park
    Power of Words Academy   
    Creative Writing & Drama Camps | Reading Comprehension, Writing & Public Speaking School Year Program. In a setting that gets students excited about learning, we prepare them to be leaders! FREE TRIAL CLASS / ASSESSMENT.

    Don Mills, Toronto; Richmond Hill; Markham

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 7 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 200 7-14 2 Don Mills, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham
    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!

    Bridle Path, Toronto; Newmarket; Bayview Village, Toronto; Hogg's Hollow, Toronto

    Sport (multi)

    • Ages 3.5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $250/week
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed 250 3.5-16 3 Bridle Path, Toronto, Newmarket, 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 $1,095/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 1095 6-16 4 Bracebridge
    Encounters with Canada   
    A leadership program, where teens develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options

    Ottawa

    Education: Leadership

    • Ages 14 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 750 14-17 5 Ottawa
    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 $2,715/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Overnight, family Coed 2715 6-16 6 Minden
    UCC Summer Life   
    A Co-ed Summer Enrichment Experience in the Heart of Toronto, Canada for International and Local Students ages 10 to 16.

    Forest Hill, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 10 to 17
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $4,995/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 4995 10-17 7 Forest Hill, Toronto
    Oxford Learning High Park   
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain and Science Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $400/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 400 4-12 8 Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Webtree International School of Excellence   
    A traditional summer camp with a variety of unique camp activities, including the Arts, Athletics, Digital Media, STEM, and English. Our program includes Academic Mornings, Weekly Field Trips, and Escape Rooms.

    York Mills, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 13
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $250/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 250 8-13 9 York Mills, Toronto
    Niagara Christian Collegiate   
    Give your child a fun-filled learning adventure at any of NCC's Summer Camps. Or get a head start on your studies during our August Credit Program!

    Fort Erie

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $3,550/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 3550 11-17 10 Fort Erie
    Ridley College Summer Programmes   
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Day Camps, Advanced Performance Sports and many more!

    St. Catharines

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $325/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 325 4-17 11 St. Catharines
    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 12 Don Mills, 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 $320/week
    Day Coed 320 6-17 13 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
    Ryerson Performance Youth Camps   
    Ryerson PYC offers 1-4 week day camps in acting, musical theatre, dance & more, which culminate in performances for friends & families. Explore the world of the stage, &expand your creative potential with Ryerson PYC!

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

    Art : Theatre Arts

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $325/session
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 325 4-18 14 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Downtown East, Toronto
    Power4Teens   
    A unique, intimate small camp experience. Getting outdoors, amazing life lessons on self esteem, empowerment, self understanding, the beach, pool, Stand up paddle boarding, boxing, yoga, meditation and more.

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; Port Carling

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $375/week
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 375 8-16 15 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Port Carling
    Kidzwhiz   
    Kidzwhiz introduces children aged 6-16 to the art and science of coding, robotics and game development. Our mandate is to future-proof kids' intellectual and creative thinking.

    Markham

    Computer (multi)

    • Ages 6 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $350/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 350 6-16 16 Markham
    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
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 3100 7-17 17 Maine
    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 $900/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 900 11-17 18 Stanstead
    Bishop’s College School Summer Camps   
    A fun summer camp to learn ESL, FSL or Technology! Students participate in enriching class time as well as many fun local activities and outings!

    Sherbrooke

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 11 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $4,400/month
    Overnight Coed 4400 11-16 19 Sherbrooke
    Camp de vacances Kéno   
    In the heart of a regional park, Kéno offers a life experience. Welcoming campers from Canada and abroad for a full French immersion, Kéno specialises in out-tripping expeditions with stays from 3 to 25 days.

    St-Léonard-de-Portneuf

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 5 to 20
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $459/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 459 5-20 20 St-Léonard-de-Portneuf
    Learn & Experience   
    L&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime.

    Shawnigan Lake; International

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 8 to 16
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $750/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 750 8-16 21 Shawnigan Lake, International
    Behaviour Matters   
    Focused on developing social skills, emotional/self-regulation and self confidence. Programs are interactive, skills, and strength-based, consisting of games, team building; role-plays, art, discussions, take-home tasks.

    Lawrence Heights, Toronto

    Education: Leadership

    • Ages 4 to 18
    • Coed, Girls, Boys
    • Program, family
    from $600/group
    Program, family Coed, Girls, Boys 600 4-18 22 Lawrence Heights, Toronto
    Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen's University   
    An academically enriched university experience for students in grades 5 to 12 focussing on unique courses, living in residence, and campus life. Come and experience your future!

    Kingston

    Education (multi)

    • Ages 10 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $305/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 305 10-18 23 Kingston
    Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)   
    Connections: Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) is an engineering-focused summer program that exposes students from Grade 4 - 11 to engineering design and various engineering disciplines.

    Kingston

    Science: Engineering

    • Ages 8 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $200/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 200 8-17 24 Kingston
    Block 8 Academy   
    Active, fun weekly camps with a variety of activities ranging including cooking, parkour, lake days, STEM class, improv, theatre and the arts. We keep your child active and encourage their creativity!

    Port Moody

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 5 to 12
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $50/day
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 50 5-12 25 Port Moody
    Radiant Girls   
    Girls Wellness & Leadership programs, with prof. coaches, chef's and trainers. Featuring Yoga/Pilates, Outdoor Adventures, Confidence & EI Activities, Meaningful Art, Leadership Games, Relationship Building, and More!

    Burlington; Hamilton

    Education: Leadership

    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Girls
    • Day, Overnight, Program, family
    from $479/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 479 7-16 26 Burlington, Hamilton
    Apostrophe Kids   
    Academic enrichment program developed by an Ontario Certified Teacher to build student confidence and engagement in Language Arts and Math. Classes are once a week for 90 minutes from September to June.

    Oakville; Mississauga

    Education: Academic/Tutoring

    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Coed
    • Program
    from $159/month
    sessions & dates
    Program Coed 159 7-15 27 Oakville, Mississauga
    1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College   
    Leadership program and fun summer 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, Program
    from $150/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight, Program Boys 150 9-18 28 Quebec City, South Annex, Toronto, Bancroft
    Brentwood College School Summer Camps   
    Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, Brentwood College School offers focused camps for Soccer, Academics, Rowing, Rock Band, Debate, and Musical Theatre for kids aged 7 to 17.

    Mill Bay

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $200/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 200 7-17 29 Mill Bay
    Kids Comedy Camp   
    What could be more fun than this camp! Each five-day Kids Comedy Camp features two trained comedians as coaches for the campers to develop their comedic arts and literacy skills - with healthy humour!

    Runnymede, Toronto; Humber Valley Village, Toronto; Port Hope

    Art (multi)

    • Ages 11 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $349/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 349 11-14 30 Runnymede, Toronto, Humber Valley Village, Toronto, Port Hope
    Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure   
    An outdoor adventure camp on a tall ship: building leadership, good citizenship & lifelong friendships. Ages 12-14 on Black Jack in small team-building groups & ages 14+ on Fair Jeanne, earning HS credit on select trips.

    Ontario (1); United States (4)

    Travel

    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $900/session
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 900 12-18 31 Brockville, Harbourfront, Toronto, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire
    Codezilla   
    Educational Fun! 40+ schools, 5 camps in GTA. Small-size camps, girl-friendly curriculum. STEM and Coding camps include: Game Makers, Toy Makers, Slime Makers, Movie Makers, App Makers, Doll Makers and Space Makers.

    Danforth Village, Toronto; Wychwood Park, Toronto; West Toronto Junction, Toronto

    Education: STEM

    • Ages 6 to 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $340/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 340 6-14 32 Danforth Village, Toronto, Wychwood Park, Toronto, West Toronto Junction, Toronto
    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 14
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $180/week
    Day, Program Coed 180 3-14 33 Thornhill
    Wildhorse Camp   
    Heartbeats and Hoofbeats - A unique stay where you immerse yourself in our horse culture! Take lessons, learn new skills and practice out in the fields and forests of our beautiful Ranch. Just Ride!

    Rocky Mountain House

    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian

    • Ages 11 to 17
    • Girls
    • Overnight
    from $750/week
    Overnight Girls 750 11-17 34 Rocky Mountain House
    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 $260/week
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 260 6-16 35 Highland Creek, Toronto
    Hollows Camp   
    A traditional overnight and day camp located 1 hour north of Toronto. Activities include: canoeing & kayaking, archery, paintball, tennis, trampoline/circus, horseback riding, bushcraft, drama, arts, and swimming.

    Bradford

    Traditional (multi activity)

    • Ages 7 to 15
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $400/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 400 7-15 36 Bradford
    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 $225/2 weeks
    Day Coed 225 5-16 37 South Annex, 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 $489/week
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 489 6-16 38 Southern Bruce County
    UME Academy   
    Learn technology, critical thinking and the design process through game-making. For children who are ready to be creators and teens who are thinking about careers in technology, game design engages and educates.

    Vancouver; Yorkville, Toronto

    Computer (multi)

    • Ages 6 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $495/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 495 6-17 39 Vancouver, Yorkville, 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, Windsor, Guelph, Orangeville, Victoria, and Vancouver. Click on a camp to learn more about its programs and approach.





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