Speech and Debate Summer Camps

Speech and Debate Summer Camps 2022

Elementary School: 9am - 12pm, 3rd - 5th Grade

  • Week 1: June 20th to June 24th| Foundations of Public Speaking
  • Week 2: June 27th to July 1st| Elementary Speech and Debate
  • Week 4: July 11th to July 16th| Advanced Elementary Debate
  • Week 5: July 18th to July 22nd| Speech Events
  • Week 6: July 25th to July 29th| Practice Rounds & Tournament

Register to Elementary School Speech & Debate

Middle School: 1pm - 4pm, 6th - 8th Grade

  • Week 1: June 20th to June 24th| Beginner Speech and Debate
  • Week 2: June 27th to July 1st| ​Competitive Debate
  • Week 4: July 11th to July 16th| Speech Events
  • Week 5: July 18th to July 22nd| Foundations of Public Speaking
  • Week 6: July 25th to July 29th| Practice Rounds & Tournament

Register to Middle School Speech & Debate

Single Camp Session: $375 | Two-Camp Bundle: $695 | 4-Camp Bundle: $985

Camp Location: CAIS Oak Campus [entrace at 151 Hickory Street]


Elementary Camps

Foundations of Public Speaking

Strong public speaking skills are foundational in academic debate and beyond. Our Public Speaking Camp is designed to empower students to thrive in the dynamic ecosystem of real-world public speaking, whether they’re preparing for Speech & Debate competition, classroom presentations, interviews, or running for student office. We will learn and practice confidence-building, verbal and nonverbal communication, posture, eye contact, audience adaptation, energy, persuasion, speech structure, and more as we help students realize their public speaking potential


Elementary Speech and Debate

The “Elementary Debate 101” camp is the perfect entry point for any elementary school student looking to explore the fascinating world of speech and debate. Students will gain exposure to all the major pillars of debate education: public speaking, argumentation, logic, critical reasoning, oratory, prepared and spontaneous speeches, and persuasive writing. In this class, we aspire to get kids excited and comfortable with public speaking, develop familiarity with organized argumentation, and have a lot of fun learning about all kinds of interesting kid friendly topics.


Advanced Elementary Debate

The Competitive Debate Camp is for students who want to win tournaments! Athens isn’t just a learning academy; We are also an award-winning competitive team! This camp will prepare students for tournaments and help them reach new levels of competitive success. Our experienced coaches will cover everything that goes into Speech and Debate competition: navigating the tournament ecosystem, competitive strategy, teamwork, judge adaptation, preparation, practice, and more!


Speech Events

At Athens, we believe it’s never too early to grow as a critical thinker, writer, and speaker. Our Speech camp is designed to give elementary students a head start in all three areas. From persuasive writing and speaking to creative interpretations of literature, students will learn and practice the process of delivering powerful speeches, from conception to composition through performance, culminating in the delivery of their own original prepared speech!


Practice Rounds and Tournament

For students who love the thrill of competition and actual speech and/or debate rounds, Athens is hosting an entire camp of instructional practice rounds! Practice is one of the most important ways to grow as a speaker and debater. In the Just Rounds Camp, students will debate numerous practice rounds with full, detailed, individualized instructor feedback. In this camp, individual practice and competitive development are paramount!

Middle School Camps

Beginner Speech and Debate

Beginner Speech and Debate Camp is the perfect entry point for any Middle School student looking to explore the fascinating world of speech and debate. Students will gain exposure to all the major pillars of debate education: public speaking, argumentation, logic, critical reasoning, oratory, prepared and spontaneous speeches, and persuasive writing. In this class, we aspire to get kids excited and comfortable with public speaking, develop familiarity with organized argumentation, and have a lot of fun building a wealth of knowledge.

 

Competitive Debate

The Middle School Competitive Debate Camp is for students who want to win tournaments! Athens isn’t just a learning academy; We are also an award-winning competitive team! This camp will prepare students for tournaments and help them reach new levels of competitive success. Our experienced coaches will cover everything that goes into Speech and Debate competition: navigating the tournament ecosystem, competitive strategy, teamwork, judge adaptation, preparation, practice, and more!   

 

Speech Events

Our Middle School Speech Camp will offer a synthesis of both prepared and limited-preparation speaking. With limited-prep speaking, students will learn to speak with purpose, clarity, and confidence - at a moment’s notice. Impromptu Speaking develops multiple skills: time management, mental organization, theme identification, thesis-building, speech structure, preparation, poise, and focus. The perfect compliment to limited-prep speaking, prepared speech training develops critical thinking, writing, and polish. From persuasive writing and speaking to creative interpretations of literature, students will learn and practice the process of delivering powerful speeches, from conception to composition through performance, culminating in the delivery of their own original prepared speech!

 

Foundations of Public Speaking 

Strong public speaking skills are foundational in academic debate and beyond. Our Middle School Public Speaking Camp is designed to empower students to thrive in the dynamic ecosystem of real-world public speaking, whether they’re preparing for Speech & Debate competition, crafting memorable classroom presentations, or running for student office. We will learn and practice confidence-building, verbal and nonverbal communication fundamentals, posture, eye contact, audience adaptation, energy, persuasion, speech structure, and more as we help students realize their public speaking potential.

 

Practice Rounds and Tournament

For students who love the thrill of competition and actual speech and/or debate rounds, Athens is hosting an entire camp of instructional practice rounds! Practice is one of the most important ways to grow as a speaker and debater. In the Just Rounds Camp, students will debate numerous practice rounds with full, detailed, individualized instructor feedback. In this camp, individual practice and competitive development are paramount!