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Debate camps and public speaking courses for kids

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 $500/session
    Day Coed 500 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
    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 0 Vancouver, Victoria
    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 1 Bracebridge
    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 2 Minden
    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 3 Bridle Path, Toronto, Lawrence Heights, 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 4 International
    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 classroom instruction+3D2N Outdoor Activity Trip. Includes TOEFL Junior Assessment.

    Newmarket

    ESL
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $5,600/month
    sessions & dates
    Overnight Coed 5600 12-18 5 Newmarket
    TAC Sports - Toronto Athletic Camps
    Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC) offers popular sports, art, martial arts and robotics programs specializing in building self-confidence and skills through our 5 Star Program! Co-ed. Year-round programs across the GTA.

    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 6 Thornhill, Lawrence Park, Toronto, Bayview Village, Toronto, Hogg's Hollow, Toronto
    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 7 Forest Hill, Toronto
    Ridley College Summer Programmes
    Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Symphony, Discover Canada, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Entrepreneur Workshop, Rowing and many more!

    St. Catharines

    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $260/session
    Day, Overnight Coed 260 4-17 8 St. Catharines
    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
    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
    • Day, Overnight
    from $4,000/month
    Day, Overnight Coed 4000 11-16 10 Sherbrooke
    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 11 Bay Street Corridor, 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 12 York Mills, 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 13 Downtown West, Toronto
    Ryerson Performance Youth and Community Programs
    Theatre day camp that introduces kids, teens, and adults to the joys of performing, & educates + 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
    Day Coed 325 4-99 14 Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Downtown East, Toronto
    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 15 Pickering, Ajax
    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 16 Maine
    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

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16
    • Boys
    • Overnight, family
    from $1,000/week
    Overnight, family Boys 1000 7-16 17 Algonquin Park
    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 18 Quebec City, South Annex, Toronto, Bancroft
    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 4 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Program
    from $224/week
    sessions & dates
    Day, Program Coed 224 4-18 19 Ottawa
    Bytown Brigantine Tall Ships Adventure
    Set sail, haul the line, take the helm & climb aloft! Maybe earn a high school credit, meet new friends, challenge yourself, practice leadership skills, swim, eat great food & have fun sailing a 110' tall ship!

    New Brunswick (1); Nova Scotia (2); Ontario (4); Quebec (1); United States (1)

    Travel
    • Ages 12 to 18
    • Coed
    • Overnight
    from $900/session
    Overnight Coed 900 12-18 20 Kingston, Brockville, Ottawa, Hamilton, Quebec City, Louisbourg, Lunenburg, Saint John, New York
    Lovell International Camps
    Canadian run camp in the Swiss Alps. With over 25 different sports ex.: Boating, Canyoning, Golf, Gymnastics, High Ropes, Hiking, Horse Riding, Mountain Biking, River Rafting, Climbing, Paddle Board, Tennis, Wake-board.

    International

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 18
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $5,170/3 weeks
    Day, Overnight Coed 5170 6-18 21 International
    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 22 St. Catharines
    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 23 Oakville
    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 24 Bloor West Village, Toronto, Torrance
    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 25 Downtown West, Toronto, Bay Street Corridor, Toronto, Junction Triangle, Toronto
    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 26 London
    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 27 Caledon
    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 28 Ottawa
    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 29 Montreal
    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
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls 50 8-13 30 Burlington, Hamilton
    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 $380/week
    Day Coed 380 4-12 31 Bloor West Village, 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 32 Don Mills, Toronto
    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 33 Southern Bruce County
    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 34 Thornhill
    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 35 Markham
    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 36 Annex, Toronto
    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 12 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $475/week
    Day, Overnight Coed 475 12-17 37 Kingston
    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 10 to 17
    • Coed
    • Day, Overnight
    from $1,000/session
    sessions & dates
    Day, Overnight Coed 1000 10-17 38 Stanstead
    Royal Ontario Museum Summer Club
    Diverse Toronto summer camp (with March Break programs) offering kids programs in science, history, art, environment and more.

    South Annex, Toronto

    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16
    • Coed
    • Day
    from $225/2 weeks
    sessions & dates
    Day Coed 225 5-16 39 South Annex, 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 40 Alderwood, Toronto

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