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 Why Summer Debate Institute for my Child?


  • Practice Public Speaking Skills in a fun environment. #1 Fear in America is public speaking! Public Speaking is essential for school, college, career, and community. Debaters practice public speaking daily and participating in one tournament every month and three debate practices each month during a year = 40+ hours of public speaking time!
  • College Preparedness.  Study after study shows debate increases every Academic Skill (Reading, Writing, Researching, Critical Thinking, Listening) and every Academic Subject (Current Events, Philosophy, Civics, Political Science, Economics). Click here to learn more about the academic benefits of debate.
  • Gain Confidence. "Hello, I am 12 years old, and I am a debater.  When I got my first trophy it was amazing.  I felt like a queen.  That trophy was the first trophy I have ever gotten in my life.  That trophy changed my life forever.  I was nervous when I got it too.  I just want to say thank you, thank you for everything. – Anissa P., 6th Grade, Great Debater. Read more student testimonials.
  • Build Leadership Skills. “Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice, but you might not know that until you join the debate team." - President Barack Obama. Click here to learn more about debaters throughout history.
  • 21st Century Skills. “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity.  In a number of respects, competitive urban debate is almost uniquely suited to building what’s been called the ‘Four C’s’ of 21st century skills—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. And to that list I might add a fifth ‘C’— for civic awareness and engagement.” – US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, honoring our debaters in Washington D.C.
  • Fun! Tournaments! Games! Prizes! Activities! More!
  • Community.  The NYC Urban Debate League is like no other debate league in the nation. We build an incredible vertical community of adult debaters, alumni debaters, college debaters, high school debaters and middle school debaters who all work together. Participate in our Girls Debate League Tournaments and Special Events. Learn more.  Learn from Parents how we build an incredible community for students. 
  • Field Trip Opportunities for Students and Families. Past trips have included the Harlem Globetrotters, Michelle Obama, the White House, Trevor Noah Show, Law Firms, and More! Learn more. 
  • Year Round Opportunities. In addition to our Summer Debate Camps, we also offer year round programs. Learn more by visiting our website, and click on "Programs" Tab. 
  • Supporting New York CityBut what is most unique about our summer program is that we are the only nonprofit summer program in NYC where all proceeds go back to NYC students and schools. There are many debate camps that are operated by for profit companies. All proceeds go to scholarships for NYC youth so that all students have the opportunity to attend summer debate camp. Our camps are taught by the best NYC debate coaches and teachers. This passion that drives our mission makes our camps the best. And it is not just for the summer - the majority of our students return for our regular school year debate programming which is available to all summer students. And so we are the only summer debate institute that is also year round!  So thank you for supporting the first and only Summer Debate Institute for New York City and by New York City. 


Where are the locations and dates of debate camp?

Manhattan Middle School Debate Institute (July 8th -19th, 1 or 2 week options)

Hunter College, "Hunter West Building," corner of Lexington Avenue and East 68th Street. The 6 Train is literally feet away from the door. 

Manhattan High School Debate Institute (July 8th - 19th, 1 or 2 week options)

Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035. Click here for directions. 

Harlem Middle School Debate Institute (July 1st-6th). July 4th is a Holiday.

Harlem Education Activities Fund, 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027. Click here for directions.

Queens/Brooklyn High School Debate Institute (August 12th-23rd, 1 or 2 week options)

Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th St, Queens, NY 11373. Click here for directions. 

Queens/Brooklyn Middle School Debate Institute (August 12th-23rd, 1 or 2 week options)

Maspeth High School, 54-40 74th St, Queens, NY 11373. Click here for directions. 

What is the price of Debate Camp?
Thank you for your interest in signing up for Debate Camp. Our prices include Breakfast, Lunch, Camp Tournament at the end of the week, and our Online Digital Debate Summer Program. We do have scholarships for Title I school members of the NYCDUL. Please contact your debate coach for more information.
1 Week Debate Institute Prices
Sign up by March 15: $599
Sign up by April 15: $699
Sign up May 15: $799
2 Week Debate Institute Prices
Sign up by March 15: $1195
Sign up by April 15: $1395
Sign up by May 15: $1595
Is there a monthly payment plan available?
Yes! Please contact us at for details. 
Are there scholarships available?

We do have scholarships for Title I school members of the NYCDUL. Please contact your debate coach for more information. Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer scholarships for students and schools that are not members of the NYC Urban Debate League. If your school is not a member of the city's debate league, please contact us at 

What do you do in Debate Camp?

Our Debate Camps are staffed by New York’s top middle school and high school debate coaches, teachers, alumni and debaters. Tracks are available for beginners as well as advanced debaters. Skills include public speaking, cross examination, critical thinking, research, argumentative writing, public forum debate, and policy debate. Subjects include the current policy debate resolution, philosophy, political science, critical theory, economics, history, geography, international politics and more. Students will gain a competitive edge for the upcoming debate season. But most importantly, it's a lot of fun! At the end of the two weeks we have a camp tournament and awards ceremony.  Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, Camp T-Shirt, debate texts and materials.


  • 8:30am-9:00am - Arrival
  • 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am - Lecture and Activities #1
  • 10:00am-10:30am -  Debate Electives
  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Debate Labs
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Labs
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm - Practice Debates
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm - Closing Activities


  • 8:30am-9:00am - Arrival
  • 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am - Labs and Tournament Prep
  • 10:00am-11:00am - Round 1
  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Round 2
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Round 3
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm - Awards
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm - Lab Awards


  • Public Speaking
  • Speech Writing
  • Argumentation
  • Refutation and Clash
  • Note Taking and Flowing
  • Cross Examination Skills
  • Research
  • Evidence
  • Fallacies
  • Judge Adaptation
  • Tournament Skills
  • Travel Team
  • Debate Formats
Is NYC Debate Camp just for NYC students?
No!  All students are invited to sign up. We regularly have students as well as schools from out of state participate in our Tournaments, Debate Clubs, Summer Camps and other programming throughout the year. While our location, programming and mission are New York City, we support all student, families, and schools interested in debate!