Debate Camp

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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 day and residential camps across Canada - 8 camps in total for 2015. Our staff are comprised of accomplished speakers at the university level and our program is coordinated and designed by established debate coaches and highly experienced teachers. We have been in successful operation since 2002 and now serve over 500 campers annually.


Debate Camp Canada was started in 2002 by Nick Szymanis and 3 debaters (Mike Kotrly, Spencer Keys and Greg Allen) at the University of British Columbia. 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 Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria and Halifax. now supplement our 3 residential locations, west coast on Vancouver Island, centrally in Quebec and on the east coast at King's Edgehill School in Nova Scotia.

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.

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 from their status as host-site provider in the summer. In 2016, DCC is establishing a formal partnership with 2 educational communities; (100 Strong in Toronto and The Urban Debate League in Boston) to offer full scholarship / sponsored attendance at our residential camps to 2 candidates annually.


Debate Camp Canada operates its 1 week day programs in:

Toronto - The Sterling Hall School
Vancouver - West Point Grey Academy
Calgary - West Island College

Debate Camp Canada operates its 1 week residential programs in:

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

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