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Is your child interested in debate and public speaking? Are they looking develop or hone their skills in these areas? In Canada, there are many debate and speech camps to choose from, including in Toronto, EtobicokeOttawa, Montreal, Calgary, and Victoria.

Most of these camps offer training in both debate and public speaking. Some, though, focus exclusively (or primarily) on one or the other. Make sure you pick a camp that fits your child’s interests.

What will my child learn at a debate and speech camp?

Debate and speech camps teach your child crucial skills. First, your child will learn the basics of debate and public speaking. They’ll also be given the opportunity to deliver a speech and engage in individual or group debates in front of an audience, and be given feedback on their performance. And in many camps, they’ll participate in competitions, such as the Junior National Debate Championships, in Canada, or the National Debate and Speech Tournament, in the US.

Your child will also acquire a number of other skills in debate and speech camps. In a debate camp, these will likely include many of the following:

  • Researching topics
  • Adopting and summarizing a position
  • Defending a position or claim
  • Understanding and using arguments and counter-arguments
  • Using evidence and counter-examples
  • Understanding the parliamentary debate procedure

Although your child will learn many of these same skills in a public speaking camp or course, they’ll also learn some other skills. These include the following:

  • Effective body language
  • Presentation and delivery strategies
  • Organizing and structuring a speech
  • Different types of speeches and topics
  • Projecting and modulating one’s voice
  • Engaging an audience and keeping their attention
  • Effective use of humour

What will my child gain from a debate or speech camp?

Debate and speech camps are a great option for many kids. They can enable them to develop lots of important skills, that will help them in and outside of school. These include the following:

  • Speaking and articulating
  • Amplifying one’s voice
  • Adjusting one’s presentation to an audience
  • Organizing and structuring a talk
  • Reasoning
  • Evaluating and critiquing claims
  • Brainstorming and thinking on one’s feet
  • Understanding complex issues

In addition, though, these camps can benefit your child in less obvious ways. In particular, they can help them develop or improve on the following traits:

Below, we list debate and public speaking camps across Canada. Find a camp near you.

 

 


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Focus Learning   
Build self-confidence and skills while learning and having fun! Specialized camps for academics, STE(A)M, ESL, coding, robotics, and chess. Small groups (max. 6), OCT teachers, outdoor activities & extended care!

Willowdale, Toronto

Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $355/week
Day, Program Coed 355 4-17 0 Willowdale, Toronto
Debate Camp Canada   
For all students interested in public speaking, debating and model parliament. A well-rounded program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Both day and overnight camp options available.

Ottawa; Bridle Path, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Montreal; Humber Valley Village, Toronto

Education: Public Speaking/Debate

  • Ages 10 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $395/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 395 10-17 1 Ottawa, Bridle Path, Toronto, North Toronto, Toronto, Montreal, Humber Valley Village, Toronto
UTS: Experience Innovation   
A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 9 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors.

South Annex, Toronto

Education (multi)

  • Ages 10 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day
from $565/session
sessions & dates
Day Coed 565 10-18 2 South Annex, Toronto
AEMbots.com   
We have established an award winning robotics program. Our Robotics Program serves to stimulate the student's interest in robotics while simultaneously gaining life experience through project building and team work.

Vaughan

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $35/day
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 35 6-14 3 Vaughan
Camps offering as an activity
Kandalore   
Kandalore is the finest traditional summer camp in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. Specialized leadership programs for 16 and 17 year olds.

Minden

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • Overnight, family
from $2,460/2 weeks
sessions & dates
Overnight, family Coed 2460 6-16 0 Minden
UCC Summer Camps   
A traditional day camp in the heart of Toronto offering Kids, Sports, Arts, Tech and Leadership programs for children aged 4-16. Lunch and Extended Care provided at no additional cost. Flexible weekly programming.

Forest Hill, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day
from $400/week
Day Coed 400 4-16 1 Forest Hill, Toronto
ESL Summer Camp at Pickering College   
An exciting 4-week Summer Camp for International students aged 12-18 who want to learn and improve on the English Language. 110hours of ESL classroom instruction+Outdoor Activity Trip. Includes TOEFL Junior Assessment.

Newmarket

ESL

  • Ages 12 to 18
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $5,500/month
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 5500 12-18 2 Newmarket
Camp Muskoka   
Boost your camper's self-confidence in a fun, safe & supportive community. Great staff, delicious food, comfy modern lodging and a variety of over 50 activities to choose from!

Bracebridge

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $995/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 995 6-16 3 Bracebridge
Startup Skool   
Educating your child for the future: entrepreneurship, design thinking, and technology training for youth ages 8 - 18. Your child will learn the soft and technical skills required to excel in the real world.

Vancouver; Victoria

Education (multi)

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day
from $395/week
Day Coed 395 8-16 4 Vancouver, Victoria
UCC Summer Life   
A Co-ed Summer Enrichment Experience in the Heart of Toronto, Canada for International Students ages 10 to 15.

Forest Hill, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 10 to 15
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $4,995/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 4995 10-15 5 Forest Hill, Toronto
The Wylde Swan   
Grow into a citizen of the world with this unique summer camp offering international travel, sailing aboard a tall-ship, education in geography, environmental sciences, leadership, communication skills, and so much more!

International

Sport: Sailing/Marine Skills

  • Ages 14 to 25
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $1,599/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 1599 14-25 6 International
TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps   
TAC Sports specializes in developing confidence and skills through sports, leadership, martial arts and S.T.E.M programs. 4-16, Co-ed. Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues around the GTA! Grow. Lead. Learn with TAC!

Thornhill; Lawrence Park, Toronto; Bayview Village, Toronto; Hogg's Hollow, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 3.5 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day
from $250/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 250 3.5-16 7 Thornhill, Lawrence Park, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Hogg's Hollow, Toronto
CASMA Camps & Hoop House Basketball   
Sport, art and music camps, weekly lessons and after school programs in Toronto. Our experienced coaches and highly competitive rates are unparalleled by our competitors. Save 15% promo code OURKIDSCAMPEXPO.

Bridle Path, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $125/week
Day, Program Coed 125 4-14 8 Bridle Path, Toronto, Lawrence Heights, Toronto
Camp de vacances Kéno   
This camp in the heart of a regional Quebec park offers traditional summer camp activities like rock climbing, sea kayaking, nature trails and more.

St-Léonard-de-Portneuf

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 20
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $400/week
Overnight Coed 400 6-20 9 St-Léonard-de-Portneuf
Ridley College Summer Programmes   
Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Experience Niagara, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Rowing and many more!

St. Catharines

Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $260/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 260 4-17 10 St. Catharines
Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp   
Offers many sports summer camp activities along with ESL and FSL integration. Activities include golf, horseback riding and much more.

Sherbrooke

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 11 to 16
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $4,200/month
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 4200 11-16 11 Sherbrooke
Glenburnie Summer Camp   
Glenburnie Summer Camp 2035 Upper Middle Rd. E., Oakville, ON L6H 2K7 This camp offers a variety of activities ranging from science and technology to arts to sports. Extended care is also available.

Oakville

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $190/week
Day, Program Coed 190 4-12 12 Oakville
Stanstead College Summer Camps   
Summer Camps for local and foreign students. Wide variety of camps offered such as Language, STEM, Cultural, Hockey Specific and much more!

Stanstead

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 11 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $1,000/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 1000 11-17 13 Stanstead
Camp North Star   
A co-ed overnight camp on 200 acres in Poland, Maine. Campers enjoy an elective program with 100+ choices that focuses on instruction and skill development in Arts, Athletics, Enrichment, Outdoors and Waterfront.

Maine

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $3,100/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 3100 7-17 14 Maine
Lovell International Camps   
Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. Offering a host of sports and activities including: Language, Skiing, Tennis, Golf, Horse Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Cultural Excursions & Overnight Expeditions.

International

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $800/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 800 6-18 15 International
KidzWhiz   
Kids technology programs in Lego robotics, animation, game design, Android app development, Minecraft, and programming. Weekly programs, March Break and Summer Camps, and birthday parties available. Participant in FLL.

Markham

Computer (multi)

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $250/week
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 250 6-12 16 Markham
Camp Pathfinder   
Est. 1914. A traditional boys' summer camp on a wooded island in the heart of Algonquin. Full in-camp program. Wilderness canoe trips, water and land sports, ropes, ecology. A spectacular setting and exceptional staff.

Algonquin Park

Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Boys
  • Overnight, family
from $1,000/week
sessions & dates
Overnight, family Boys 1000 7-16 17 Algonquin Park
Oxford Learning High Park   
Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Brain Camps explore creative themes through engaging activities and field trips. Tutoring takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

Bloor West Village, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $385/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 385 4-12 18 Bloor West Village, Toronto
Sylvan Learning Ottawa   
Sylvan Ottawa offers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps, tutoring and homework help programs for kids in JK to Grade 12. Attend full full day, half day or 1-hour after-school programs.

Ottawa

Education (multi)

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $129/month
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 129 5-18 19 Ottawa
Sport Western Summer Camps   
A premier march break and summer camp offering sport specific and academic based programming with over 25 camp options and a staff team, which consists of primarily Western University students and student-athletes.

London

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Day
from $118/week
Day Coed, Girls, Boys 118 4-18 20 London
Arts Unleashed   
Confidence. Creativity. Imagination. '100% kid-created' Performing Arts company where children build their own live plays! Painting, set design, characters and costumes. Sometimes Messy. Always exciting.

Pickering; Ajax

Art : Theatre Arts

  • Ages 2 to 10
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $216/session
sessions & dates
Day, Program, family Coed 216 2-10 21 Pickering, Ajax
Laurus Summer Camp   
Montreal's #1 lifestyle camp in the heart of Downtown that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports!

Montreal

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day
from $200/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed 200 3-15 22 Montreal
Power4Teens   
A unique, intimate small camp experience. So much fun with amazing life lessons on self esteem, empowerment, self understanding and a variety of activities, paddle boarding, boxing, yoga, boot camp, meditation and more.

Bloor West Village, Toronto; Torrance

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Girls
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $375/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 375 8-16 23 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Torrance
Blyth International Summers Program   
This summer travel program takes students to a variety of European and International destinations, engaging them in a unique and beneficial world academic and community service programs.

Annex, Toronto

Education: Credit Courses

  • Ages 13 to 18
  • Coed
  • Overnight, Program
from $750/week
sessions & dates
Overnight, Program Coed 750 13-18 24 Annex, Toronto
Brick Labs   
Discover your "inner brickness" at our fun-filled LEGO-themed Art, Education and Entertainment facility. Parties, Clubs, Camps, Drop-ins and more. Create, innovate and collaborate in 1 of our 4 themed labs.

York Mills, Toronto

Science: LEGO

  • Ages 5 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $15/day
sessions & dates
Day, Program, family Coed 15 5-16 25 York Mills, Toronto
Manotick Arts Camp   
We specialize in all performance arts areas of Drama, Vocal and Instrumental Music, Dance, and Visual Art. The daily schedule includes recreation and camp activities that promote leadership skills.

Ottawa

Art (multi)

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day
from $260/week
Day Coed 260 6-17 26 Ottawa
Girls Learning Code and Kids Learning Code   
Our Camps are designed for creative kids and teens between the ages of 7-13 years old who want to use technology to change the world by becoming creators and not just consumers.

Downtown West, Toronto; Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Junction Triangle, Toronto

Computer (multi)

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • Day
from $1/session
Day Coed, Girls 1 6-17 27 Downtown West, Toronto, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Junction Triangle, Toronto
Sidney Ledson Institute   
Give your child the advantage of academic advancement / reinforcement in curriculum subjects and SSAT/ISEE prep during the Summer holidays.  Daily physical activity and outdoor play.

Don Mills, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 2.5 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $275/week
Day, Program Coed 275 2.5-14 28 Don Mills, Toronto
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy: Artsfilled Day Camp   
Does your child enjoy Sports, Arts, Music,Dance & more? When each day is dedicated to a new area of fun, children are always engaged in learning something new and there's never a dull moment! Spaces fill fast-call today!

Caledon

Art (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $120/week
Day Coed 120 4-12 29 Caledon
Brock Youth University   
A unique program experience right on the Brock University Campus. Over 95 programs to choose from including +40 STEM Camps. Choose from: class day and overnight trips, summer camps and after-school programs.

St. Catharines

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $178/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed 178 8-17 30 St. Catharines
Institute of Canadian Education   
Through interactive S.T.E.M. classes, students will build 21st-century skills!

New Toronto, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $25/session
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 25 5-18 31 New Toronto, Toronto
Ryerson Performance Youth and Community Programs   
Theatre day camp that introduces kids, teens, and adults to the joys of performing, and trains those looking to pursue theatre. Develop self-confidence & social skills while exploring the world of the stage.

Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

Art : Theatre Arts

  • Ages 4 to 99
  • Coed
  • Day
from $325/session
sessions & dates
Day Coed 325 4-99 32 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Downtown East, Toronto
Bee Smart Learning Centre   
Balance of Learning and Fun! Learn hands-on science, enriched mathematics, English/ESL, photography & movie making, and more. Fun outdoor sports, games and field trips.

Thornhill

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 3 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $180/week
sessions & dates
Day, Program, family Coed 180 3-16 33 Thornhill
1-UP Leadership Programs at Ernescliff College   
Catholic leadership camps for boys 9-13 years-old, focused on character formation, service, and friendship.

Quebec City; South Annex, Toronto; Bancroft

Reading: Leadership training

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Boys
  • Overnight
from $150/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Boys 150 9-18 34 Quebec City, South Annex, Toronto, Bancroft
Me to We Take Action Camp   
Take Action Camp is where young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, games and hands on volunteer experience, all in a fun and inclusive environment!

Arizona; Bethany

Education: Social Justice/Empowerment

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $1,100/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 1100 9-18 35 Arizona, Bethany
MakerKids   
Empowering kids to be creators, not just consumers! Thousands of kids have taken our STEM programs in Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. Explore innovation, learn technical & soft skills in our Camps, Programs & Birthdays.

Summerhill, Toronto; Bloor West Village, Toronto; Ottawa

Computer (multi)

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $1/week
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 1 7-15 36 Summerhill, Toronto, Bloor West Village, Toronto, Ottawa
Connections: Queen’s Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA)   
Connections: Queen's Summer Engineering Academy (QSEA) and QSEA Jr. is an engineering-focused summer program that exposes students to engineering design, various engineering disciplines, MakerSpaces, and Innovation.

Kingston

Science: Engineering

  • Ages 13 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $375/week
Day, Overnight Coed 375 13-17 37 Kingston
Camp Cherith - Ontario   
This Christian camp includes focuses on theatre arts, horseback riding, canoe tripping and more, situated in the heart of Grey-Bruce in south central Ontario.

Southern Bruce County

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $479/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 479 6-16 38 Southern Bruce County
Radiant Girls   
A unique Girls Wellness Camp in a Retreat setting. Featuring Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Coaching for Confidence & Emotional Intelligence, Meaningful Expressive Art, Fun & Lots of Giggling.

Burlington; Hamilton

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 8 to 13
  • Girls
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $50/day
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 50 8-13 39 Burlington, Hamilton
Ryerson Summer Day Camps   
Ryerson University offers safe and fun experiences for kids and teens. Programs include basketball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, science, engineering, journalism, robotics, architecture, film, french, design, and more!

Bay Street Corridor, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day
from $300/week
Day Coed 300 6-17 40 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto
STEAMlabs   
A hi-tech maker space for curious hands-on kids. We use the latest tools and technologies, like 3D printing and laser cutting, to help your child bring their ideas to life.

Downtown West, Toronto

Education (multi)

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Program
from $10/session
sessions & dates
Day, Program Coed 10 6-17 41 Downtown West, Toronto
Hands on Exotics   
An educational day camp that provides campers with a hands on experience with exotic animals. Zoo Camp includes activities such as zookeeping, animal enrichment, arts & crafts, sports, science experiments and more!

Alderwood, Toronto

Science: Zooology/Animals

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day
from $410/week
Day Coed 410 6-16 42 Alderwood, Toronto

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