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.

Registration for 2021 is Now Open! Click here to register!General Information About Online Instruction

Speak. Succeed.

In an historic, exhilarating environment.

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.

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

For students who have no competitive debate experience. This program helps students improve confidence and speaking skills, to potentially join a high speech and/or debate team — or just for enrichment.

Public Forum

For students currently competing or who will compete next school year  in Public Forum Debatea two-person team debate where students debate a national topic that changes throughout the school year.

Congress

For students currently competing or who will compete next school year  in Congressional Debate or Model Congress, where students write, propose, and debate legislation, employing parliamentary procedure.

Novice Policy Debate

For students who have little to no competitive policy debate experience who will compete next school year in Policy Debatea two-person, team debate event where students debate an annual national topic on implementing domestic and/or international policy.

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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Harvard Debate Council Excellence

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

Hear From US

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.

Policy Debater

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 January 15, 2021.