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Debate Camp

99 Cartwright Ave Toronto, Ontario, M6A 1V4 Locations: Ottawa, Bridle Path, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Virtual Program (view map)

Ages:
10 to 16 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, Overnight camp
Specialty:
Public Speaking/Debate
Cost:
$425 to $525

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Debate Camp
 

Time for some fun, phone-free and future-ready skills development? Debate Camp inspires youth to confidently speak, debate and think on their feet! Our camps, located across Canada and the Northeastern US, provide a safe and welcoming space for students entering grade 5 to 10 to develop their public speaking and parliamentary debate skills.  8:30am - 4:30pm day camps are offered throughout the GTA as well as in Ottawa and Montreal. Our 9-day overnight camp is in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.

Debate Camp opens young minds to world issues and helps kids engage others in constructive dialogue and debate - while having fun!  All ability levels welcome. Join us!


The Our Kids review of Debate Camp

 

Nick Szymanis founded Debate Camp Canada after having achieved a long and impressive career in private schooling. He held teaching and leadership positions at Havergal, Crofton House, and was director of academics at Sterling Hall. Director Oona Craig has a CV that is similarly impressive. In all, this is an academic camp that is placed very firmly on a foundation of academic experience and expertise. It’s not a traditional camp, of course, perhaps particularly because it’s not about providing a wide breadth of experiences, but rather an intensive focus on one: debating. That said, there is more breadth here than you might assume. Debate is a tool, like any camp activity, to get at other things, including confidence, resilience, skill development, and effective collaboration. The kids that attend find themselves in a group of peers that share their interests as well as their academic disposition, and many come away—as with any camp—with friends and memories for life.


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Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $515
North Toronto,ON
99 Cartwright Ave
Jun 22-26 $485 - $515
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $400 to $425
North Toronto,ON
99 Cartwright Ave
Jun 29-Jul 02 $400 - $425
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $510
Montreal,QC
3495 Rue Simpson
Jul 06-10 $485 - $510
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $515
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $510
Montreal,QC
3495 Rue Simpson
Jul 13-17 $485 - $510
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $515
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $510
Ottawa,ON
362 Mariposa Ave
Jul 20-24 $485 - $510
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 17
Public Speaking/Debate $495 to $525
North Toronto,ON
99 Cartwright Ave
Jul 20-24 $495 - $525
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $485 to $510
Ottawa,ON
362 Mariposa Ave
Jul 27-31 $485 - $510
Public Speaking/Debate|Arts & Crafts
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $495 to $525
Bridle Path,ON
2365 Bayview Ave
Jul 27-31 $495 - $525
Public Speaking/Debate
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $495 to $525
Bridle Path,ON
2365 Bayview Ave
Aug 04-07 $495 - $525
Public Speaking/Debate
Day Camp
Coed
Ages: 10 - 16
Public Speaking/Debate $400 to $525
Bridle Path,ON
2365 Bayview Ave
Aug 04-07 $400 - $425
Bridle Path,ON
2365 Bayview Ave
Aug 10-14 $495 - $525
Public Speaking/Debate
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Camp Address
99 Cartwright Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6A1V4
Other locations: Ottawa, Bridle Path, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Virtual Program

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Reviews & Testimonials


Summer 2019
Ottawa Parent — Parent

I would like to thank you for offering such great summer camp for my daughter. She has registered with her friends together to your summer camp this summer. It was her first debate experience. I was very impressed about the high quality you offered, from facility to staff until the program designed. Although it is kind of pricey, it delivered something of high value. Most of all, I know she is learning things not just killing time. Your debate camp is really a five star summer camp. Ottawa parent - 2019


Summer 2019
Montreal parent — Parent

I'm impressed that this camp offers something which presumes a natural inquisitiveness and intelligence in kids and empowers them. My son went in with great apprehension at the prospect of having to interact with new people and speak in front of them By the end of the week he was proud at having overcome some fear of public speaking and he said he would do this camp again. Montreal parent - 2019


Summer 2019
Boston parent — Parent

My kids complained bitterly the first day in the morning. They complained less and less and by Wednesday they liked it but didn't want to admit it. They really loved it by Friday. My husband and I feel that it's been the best camp for them and are really happy with what they learned. Thank you!! Boston MA, parent - 2019


Summer 2018
Boston parent — Parent

My daughter found your camp on a web search herself. She asked me to enrol her in the camp. I wasn't thrilled about the particular week in the summer, as it impacted our ability to schedule other 2 week camps. However, she absolutely loved the camp, and will be joining again next summer! Her joy and learning was evident, and was such a great time for her exact moment in her developmental stage. At 11.5 years, my daughter is breaking into new independence, and new thoughts about life, communications, politics, how society decides upon its "rules, norms, and laws". This camp gave some structure to her ideas, and most importantly, gave her a structured way to practice public speaking which I have been trying to build into all of her experiences for years. Hard to do outside of drama classes. She LOVED this camp West Roxbury, MA - parent - 2018


Summer 2018
Calgary parent — Parent

My son had an amazing week! Staff ratio to campers was ideal. Staff made the camp educational yet fun at the same time. My son returned each and every day talking about all the debates, all the arguments for /against, and all that he learned. I love that the topics were diverse and reflective of current issues. My son looked forward to going each day and was so disappointed at week's end. Having lunch included was definitely an added bonus! Will definitely return next year and for more than one session this time! Thanks to all the staff! Calgary parent - 2018


Summer 2018
Toronto parent — Parent

My daughter came to camp w/ an expressive communication disorder, and was encouraged to participate fully in all of the debates and activities-but was not pressured in a way that made her feel frustrated or discouraged. We are truly impressed w/ the entire program! Toronto parent - 2018



Accommodation & Property Details

Washrooms Facilities

  • Flush Toilets

Landscape

  • Open Field


Director's Message

Nick Szymanis, Director

Debate Camp creates a learning experience that is safe, welcoming, fun, and intellectually-engaging.  Our program is meant to appeal to all ability levels, from the reluctant speaker to the already-accomplished debater.

We believe that learning is best served by engaging students in an academic experience, while at the same time ensuring they feel empowered to take risks. 

We believe that "camp" creates a novel and secure learning environment in which campers feel safe to try new skills, think on their feet, see the opposing view, and to trust their teammates. 

 

We feel that debating is not an elite skill for competition purposes only. We believe that to have advocacy skills, an ability with rhetoric, an ability to effectively organize one's thoughts, an ability to listen and be heard and to honour one's opponents with effective points and counter-points, are skills that all kids should try.  We believe these are empowering skills that are highly relevant to life long learning. 

Campers repeatedly inform us of how successful their academic experiences are - after Debate Camp, largely because they felt emboldened and confident in their ability to engage in discourse on subjects they felt unsure about only weeks previous.   " I learned so much"  is the most consistent feedback we get. 

Moreover, we remain about training in the area of verbal advocacy; to stand, speak and be heard - an area requiring continued attention at a time when digital means provide so many alternatives to this.  In the generation of the smart phone, of potentially less human-to-human conversation over substantial matters, what we teach is even more coveted...

Education has forever operated on a belief in the skills, ability and good intention of the future generation. Debate Camp is honoured to be invested in this work

More info on myself, my team and our great little camp - visit: www.debatecamp.com


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $425 to $525 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Discounts

Discount if paid early $25

Stories


Debate Camp Canada

Debate Camp Canada has trained hundreds of eager speakers since it's start-up in the summer of 2002. Our camps have served the debate and public speaking communities in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. The new location of our residential camp, to Windsor Nova Scotia stands to make us truly a national program, with campers from across Canada attending each summer. In addition, we have opened two new day camps in the Toronto area and one in Vancouver, to serve all those eager students unable to make it to our annual overnight camp. Over the years, Shawnigan Lake School and Rosseau Lake College have provided great campus environments in which our programs have developed. Many debate and public speaking tournaments both in Canada and abroad, boast the participation of multiple debate campers from past summers - many of which have returned in the ranks of staff once actively competing at the university level. Our best stories certainly involve those campers who came to us, hesitant and often shy about public speaking and graduated after a few summers, with renewed self-confidence in a polished set of abilities that in some cases reaped rewards in tournaments or even just their own school's academic program. Moreover, everyone certainly had fun in the learning process. Join us in continuing this fine tradition.

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In the News

November 17, 2016 - Time to keep talking

Advice on speaking with kids in a troubled world. ...

December 2, 2015 - Giving Kids the Edge: The Valuable Skill of Debating

Giving Kids the Edge: The Valuable Skill of Debating Debating helps kids retain 90% of what they learn By Nick Szymanis ...


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