Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops

The HDCSW, hosted at the best university in the world, is one of the nation’s top programs in competitive debate and public speaking.

Top Instructors

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!

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All Levels

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.

35 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!

Programs

Our Programs

Public Speaking

This program is designed for students who have no experience in competitive debate. It is appropriate for students who are planning to join a speech and debate team in high school. It is also appropriate for students who do not plan to participate in competitive debate, but want to improve their speaking skills.

Public Forum

This program is designed for students who either currently participate in Public Forum Debate at high school tournaments or plan to do so next year. Public Forum is a two-person team debate activity where students debate on a national topic that changes every month.

Congress

This program is designed for students who currently or plan to participate in Congressional Debate or Model Congress. Congressional Debate is an activity where students learn legislative skills: writing and proposing bills and resolutions and debating them. The curriculum explores lawmaking and leadership skills.

Policy

This program is designed for students who either currently participate in Policy Debate at high school tournaments or plan to do so next year. Policy Debate is a two-person high intensity team debate activity where students debate on an annual national topic.

Choosing Us

Why Learn With Us?

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Established for Over 35 Years

Years of experience and excellence!

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Low Student-Faculty Ratio

Students get individual attention from our amazing instructors!

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Hosted at Harvard University

Experience living learning in a college setting at the top university!

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Harvard Debate Council Excellence

The Harvard Debate Council takes pride in ensuring the quality of student experience at their programs!

I wanted to say thank you for a wonderful camp experience! It really helped me make the transition into Public Forum.

Public Forum Student

I loved learning more about not only Congressional Debate but also the world, speaking/writing, interacting with my classmates, and the perfect balance of work and free time.

Congress Student

I had a great time at this workshop! I learned a lot from the lectures, and enjoyed becoming friends with people from across the country and world. I think that this workshop was useful in providing me with skills that I will need for the rest of my life.

PSA Student

Register for 2019

Applications open on October 15th and are due by March 1st.