Welcome to the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops!
The 2021 HDCSW will be conducted online. Last summer’s online workshop was a big success and we are prepared to build on that. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and will offer an in-person option if, and when that becomes possible. We will offer two sessions of Public Speaking and Argumentation, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate and Novice Policy Debate.
In an historic, exhilarating environment.
Our instructors have reached the highest levels of competition as coaches and as competitors. They all share a spirit of wanting to help students from around the world benefit from the activity!
We provide programs for students with any degree of experience, from those with no exposure to debate or public speaking to those preparing to win national tournaments.
Years of Excellence
The Harvard Debate Council has been offering summer workshops for over 35 years. We pride ourselves on continuing to grow based on our experience!
Why Learn With Us?
Established for Over 35 Years
Years of experience and excellence!
Low Student-Faculty Ratio
Students get individual attention from our amazing instructors!
Harvard Debate Council Excellence
The Harvard Debate Council takes pride in ensuring the quality of student experience at their programs!
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What Students and Parents Say
I am writing to thoroughly thank you and everyone else involved with the camp. … I questioned how much I could learn without being able to see my classmates, or my instructors. However, I was so wrong. …[T]his has been my best and favorite camp experience ever, even better than the camps I have attended in person. I genuinely learnt so much. Not just about Public Forum, but just how to be more confident, and how to work better with others…I really just wanted to put out my appreciation for how this camp was run. It was so organized, and I was shocked at how much I was able to learn in such a short amount of time. …I feel like I grew so much as a debater, …The staff at camp were incredible. All of the instructors were so helpful and willing to give feedback. ...Furthermore, I really enjoyed how the sessions were on a broad variety of prevalent topics and themes that are especially important today. …[I]t's the life skills that I learnt at camp that I will carry with me for a lifetime. …Thank you. Truly, thank you so much. And thank you to all the other organizers at camp, for making every day so educational, yet also incredible fun. Thank you for all of the amazing memories I now have, and the friends that will last a lifetime!
Public Forum Debater
Online is generally very difficult to make quite as productive but the adaptation from in person camp was amazing, and very well organized, and the lab leaders had great ways of keeping us from getting bored.
I just wanted to thank you so much for helping my student attend congress camp this summer. He raved and raved about the experience. This past weekend he participated in an online tournament. Not only did [he] final (first time EVER!), but he also placed 8th! Camp was transformative for him, and I’m so very grateful to you and your staff.
Coach of a Congressional Debater
[My daughter] absolutely enjoyed the camp and has grown tremendously from the collaborative environment online. She has always had interest in entrepreneurship and has created a website and Instagram that promotes women in technology… She is interviewing a series of women within this field and will be launching it on her site within the next couple of months.
Parent of a Public Speaking Program Student
Register for 2021
Applications are due by February 15, 2021.