Why DMV Debate Camp?

  We are the premier debate camp for middle and high school public speaking in the DMV. Our students debate for the award-winning Rachel Carson Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology debate teams. We focus on teaching the fundamentals of public speaking through individual and group camps. Our overarching goal is to help students improve their critical thinking skills through success in debate.

Improve public speaking skills

DMV Debate Camp emphasizes learning through effective practice.
That's why 90% of our students go on to debate for their school team.

Critical thinking and reading

We teach our students to analyze articles and evidence critically.
Our curriculum includes lessons on research, summarizing, and writing.

Learn how to debate

Our team thoroughly teaches the ins and outs of Public Forum debate.
We teach one-on-one to ensure quality instruction for all students.

Bolster leadership and expand worldview

Our camp pushes students to explore topics they wouldn’t normally consider.
We teach the next generation of leaders how to excel in the real world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Public Forum Debate (PF) is a type of current events debate for teams of two and is the most widespread form of high school debate in the U.S.

The camp is 4 days long for 2 hours every evening. The dates for the two sessions are September 1st - September 4th.

The camp will be run on Google Meets. Since all major debate tournaments will take place online in the coming academic year, it is good practice for debaters to start getting used to online platforms while competing.

While middle school debate leagues generally follow the parliamentary format, there is still a lot of overlap between it and Public Forum. Case writing, refuting, research, and public speaking skills are major themes in both styles and are extensively covered in our camp.

Rishi and Raunak were both on the Rachel Carson Debate team where they routinely placed among the top speakers and teams. They are now partners for the TJ Public Forum Debate Team where they had a 15-3 record as freshmen in WACFLs, national tournaments and Metrofinals. As sophomores, they continued their success at local and regional tournaments and had a winning record at the GMU Patriot Games classic and as juniors, they’ve broken into the Top 32 for the last 3 national tournaments they’ve been to. Most recently, they attended the Harvard Invitational where they had a winning record.

No, our curriculum is aimed at students who have little to no experience with debate. However, with two instructors, we can provide ample help to those who seek to go beyond what we teach.

A small percentage of our revenue goes towards outreach and advertising for the camp, while the rest goes to local charities.

All necessary details will be sent via email a while after you have signed up. For further questions, please email us.