Designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking skills, our Public Speaking Institute trains students in public speaking, logic, and rhetoric through an interactive and dynamic curriculum that encourages incremental progress through ongoing practice and exercise. Over the course of the 5-day program, students will participate in two main courses: Public Speaking and Debate.

Two program options: 

  •  ONLINE COURSE - Entering grades 4-5 (6th graders see middle school course)
    • Each week covers either public speaking or debate
      • June 19 week public speaking
      • June 26 week debate
      • July 15 week public speaking
      • July 22 week debate
      • Take two weeks and save $50 off per week!
      • Students meet Mon- Fri live with their instructor and classmates via zoom.  Classes are 6 students for maximum participation. 
      • Class meets Mon - Fri from 9-12 pacific or 12-3 eastern with breaks as needed. 

  • In-Person COURSE - Entering grades 5-6 (6th graders can also take the 6-8th grade courses)
    • Students cover both public speaking and debate in the same week 
    • Camp checkin is on Sunday.  Students will meet their teachers and classmates, enjoy dinner together and play fun games to help them settle in. 
    • Class meets Monday - Friday.  
    • Three options are available: 
      • Reg Day (9am to 5pm) - Students can have lunch in the dining hall or bring lunch from home
      • Extended day (9am to 9pm - Lunch/Dinner included) 
      • Overnight camp - Students live in the dorms all meals included
    • Sample Daily Schedule: 
      • 9am to 12pm - Morning classes - Public Speaking
      • 12pm - 2pm - Lunch and afternoon recreation
      • 2pm - 5pm: Afternoon classes - Debate
      • 5pm - day campers go home and Extended day and overnight campers go to dinner
      • 6pm - 7:30 pm Evening elective classes
      • 7:30pm to 9pm - Games and recreation
    • Friday students have class as normal through lunch time.  After lunch, families are invited to join us for a final showcase where students will present prior to checking out for the week. 

What is covered in each unit? 


In this course, young debaters will learn the art of persuasive communication and develop critical thinking skills that will empower them to express their ideas effectively.  Through fast-paced engaging activities and structured debates, students will gain valuable tools to construct compelling arguments, counter opposing viewpoints, and cross-examine skillfully.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to debate a wide range of age-appropriate topics that encourage exploration of diverse perspectives. By forming teams and engaging in friendly competition with their fellow campers, students will enhance their ability to present well-reasoned arguments while respecting the viewpoints of others. In the past, our debates have covered thought-provoking topics such as "Should schools mandate uniforms?" and "Should junk food be allowed in school vending machines?"

A key aspect of this program is teaching students to argue both sides of each resolution. This exercise fosters empathy and a deeper understanding of complex issues. By developing balanced arguments, participating in rigorous cross-examinations, and delivering powerful rebuttals, students will learn to communicate their thoughts confidently and engage in respectful intellectual discussions.

The skills acquired in this course extend beyond the realm of debate. Students will enhance their analytical thinking, public speaking, and quick reasoning skills. These skills will prove beneficial in academic settings, extracurricular activities, and future professional endeavors.

 Enroll now and witness your child's development into a skilled debater and critical thinker.

Public Speaking: Delivery / Persuasive Speaking 

In this course, young speakers will embark on a journey to develop their authentic voice as they learn the art of crafting and delivering engaging speeches. Throughout the week, students will engage in a series of exercises designed to hone their delivery skills, including voice projection, gestures, timing, and intonation.

As students gain comfort with delivery, they will transition into constructing speeches based on topics of their own choosing. Guided by our expert instructors, students will learn how to refine their chosen topics, create captivating introductions, organize speech content effectively, and deliver memorable conclusions. The emphasis is on natural, confident speaking, encouraging students to rely on their own voice rather than relying heavily on notes. This approach stands in contrast to the traditional method of reading aloud an essay, commonly taught as "public speaking."

At the end of the week, all students will showcase their progress by presenting a speech to their fellow campers. This provides an opportunity for them to apply the skills they have learned in a supportive and encouraging environment.

By the end of the course, students will have developed invaluable public speaking skills that extend far beyond the classroom. They will have gained confidence in self-expression, improved their ability to engage an audience, and refined their communication techniques. These skills will prove indispensable in various academic, personal, and professional settings.

Enroll now and witness the transformation as your child embraces their unique voice and captivates audiences with their compelling speeches.