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Debate Camp
Massachusetts Location(s)

Visit Our Debate Camp Website
1-888-512-8154
info[AT]debatecamp.com
Several Locations including
72 Spring St
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923

OTHER CAMP LOCATIONS:
101 St Theresa Ave, West Roxbury, MA, 02132
216 Hope St., Providence, RI, 02906
360 Spring St., Portland, ME, 04102
200 North Maple Ave., Greenwich, CT, 06830
45 East 75th St., New York, NY, 10021
Canada

WINTER (OFF-SEASON) OFFICE ADDRESS:
16 Lincoln St., Brunswick, ME, 04011

CAMP VIDEO LINK:
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CAMPER AGES: 10 - 15

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Day Camp. Daily 8:30am - 4:00pm

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Debate Camp has provided summer programming in debate, public speaking and Model United Nations simulation since 2002. Built by experienced educators, we believe in providing an academic enrichment opportunity to youth across Canada and the Northeastern United States via a set of exceptionally well-organized, safe and accredited summer camps. At Debate Camp, we provide a fun and inspiring space for youth to develop some timelessly-important skills; to hear opposing views and to confidently articulate their ideas well in the company of others.

CAMP INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES OFFERED:
Academics, and more. Public Speaking & Debate

CAMP LOCATION: Debate Camp sets up in academic spaces that allow for a healthy mix of indoor and outdoor activity. Camps are located at independent schools / universities throughout Northeastern US and across Canada - full view at:
Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com
Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com

CAMP FACILITIES: Day Camps operate at independent schools; indoor-outdoor programming, safe accredited, inspected and well-supervised spaces. OVERNIGHT CAMP 2022 is 7 day / 6 night traditional camp experience in the beautiful Niagara Peninsula region of Ontario; Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: 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. 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.

We feel that debating is not an elite skill for competition purposes only. Nor is it something that should be oversold / overcharged for the purpose of enhancing the college application process. 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 develop.

As such, we annually review our fee scale to ensure we remain within reach of as many families as possible. We continue to work on funding and recruitment structures so that we may continue to remove barriers to enrichment education.

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.

AMERICAN CAMPING ASSOCIATION

Debate Camp successfully completed the ACA 18 month accreditation process in 2021. This process included a thorough documentation and policy review of Debate Camp's Operation Manual and training materials. In 2021, an ACA site visitor visited in-person camp locations to observe camp operations and ensure the highest of facility standards at two of our American Debate Camp locations (as exemplars of our program in all regions)


CANADIAN CAMPING ASSOCIATION

Debate Camp in 2020 was awarded with accreditation status from the provincial division of the CCA - Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island [CANSPEI] . This 24 month process, ensured that all operating standards, including overnight camps in Canada are compliant with the highest operating standards; inclusive of an audit of our mission and values.

Highlights
• grades 5 - 10
• multi-level instruction
• suits all ability levels
• teaching ratio 1:8
• 3 debate rounds daily
• feedback and fun!
• all resources provided.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Debate Camp's intern program is popular among former campers that want to gain camp experience before they are staff age. The intern program is paid and provides interns with the necessary training and great leadership experience for college applications.

INTERN PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Debate Camp offers a select number of program staff internships each summer.

Interns must have completed Grade 10 or 11

experience working with youth

competitive debate and/or public speaking experience or experience with Model UN simulations

strong team player

willingness to learn how to design and deliver educational workshops

Internships are available at all in-person day camps and overnight camps as well as online camps.

Full details on: Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Debate Camp Online; alongside all of our year-round enrichment programming is available at: Our Camp Website Link: www.enrichment.camp

OTHER CAMP INFO: All 2022 Health & Safety Practices as well as our Compliance standards for the states and provinces in which we operate are available on: Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com and Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com

CAMP SESSION DATES & FEES:
Full details on our 2022 dates and locations are available on:
UNITED STATES: Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com
CANADA: Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com

SUMMER CAMP JOBS:
STAFF PROFILE: Debate Camp hires individuals who are both experienced with public speaking and debate, as well as being creative thinkers, reliable team players, and good role models for young people. Our staff teams demonstrate a high level of commitment to ensuring that camp is a safe and positive learning environment. Each staff team is supported by experienced program leaders and camp directors, who assist in the overall planning and preparation for a successful week; full details on:
Our Camp Website Link: www.debatecamp.com


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