Debate Camp

Debate Camp


Debate Camp Canada offers summer training programs in public speaking and debate to students who have ideas, an emerging interest in the world around them and are eager to improve their skills with the spoken word. We have 9 day camp and 2 overnight camp locations across Canada, and 4 day camp locations in Northeastern United States.  Our staff are comprised of accomplished speakers at the university level and our program is coordinated and designed by established debate coaches and certified, experienced teachers. We have been in successful operation since 2002 and now serve over 1200 campers annually.


Debate Camp Canada was started in 2002, by current camps coordinator, Nick Szymanis.  Our residential programs from 2002 until 2007 were located at Shawnigan Lake School in BC and Rosseau Lake College in Ontario (until 2009) Day programs in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Halifax. now supplement our 2 overnight locations, west coast on Vancouver Island, and on the east coast at King's Edgehill School in Nova Scotia.  Debate Camp has maintained its original mission statement since opening; that being to provide a fun, safe, accepting and globally-minded academic enrichment program to students between the ages of 10 – 16.  We aim to serve all ability areas, from novice to competitive and throughout our growth, we strive to remain barrier free for as many campers as possible – to attend and learn the valued skills of public speaking and debate.

Services Offered

Debate and Public Speaking Training in the following styles:

  • Canadian Parliamentary Debate
  • British Parliamentary Debate
  • Prepared and Impromptu Speaking ·
  • Model United Nations

Interesting Facts

Debate Camp has provided a summer experience for students; age 11 - 17 for 14 years, several former campers have gone on to thrive in their secondary and post-secondary schooling and now staff and direct our programs.  Several former campers and staff have also become finalists in the World University Debate Championships and the High School level World Schools finals.  Staff from some of our original summers now serve in federal government and the judicial systems of Canada. 

Connection to Community

Debate Camp Canada is connected to debate and public speaking communities across Canada. Our partner schools in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax benefit year-round assistance with their own co-curricular debate programs by way of debate camp staff who return throughout the school year to provide training to novice and experienced debaters.

Canadian Locations

Debate Camp Canada operates its 1 week day programs in:

Toronto - The Sterling Hall School, Kingsway College and Crescent School
Vancouver – Simon Fraser University

Calgary - West Island College

Edmonton – New Horizons School
Ottawa - Ashbury College
Montreal - Trafalgar School

Debate Camp Canada operates its 1 week overnight programs in:

British Columbia - Brentwood College, Mill Bay BC
Nova Scotia - King's Edgehill School, Windsor, NS

American Locations

Debate Camp Canada operates its 1 week day programs in:

Greenwich, CT – Greenwich Academy
West Hartford, CT – Kingswood Oxford School
Boston, MA – The Roxbury Latin School
Providence, RI – The Wheeler School

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