Debate Matters works with schools to host summer debate programs. Together we support local circuits and their programs.
We are dedicated to providing every student the opportunity to attend a summer debate program taught by experienced championship-level coaches. As former directors of two of the nation's largest debate camps, we were drawn to the idea of running locally-based programs with experienced national-level coaches.
Running debate camps isn't our job. We have those with our own teams. Debate is our lifelong passion. This is why we are partnering with schools to help them support their own debate teams and build a debate community around them.
Last summer, as a part of Harvard-Westlake Summer Programs, we started debateLA. In its inaugural year, over 280 students, from 105 different schools and 6 different countries attended our program. Our alumni have been among the nation's most successful.
Los Angeles | Harvard-Westlake School & UCLA
Students in grades 5-12, with all levels of experience available. Residential option available. Middle School Parliamentary (MSPDP), High School Parliamentary (World Schools), Policy, Lincoln-Douglas
San Jose | Presentation High School
For students in grades 7-12, with all levels of experience. This program will focus on brand new debaters and experienced Lincoln-Douglas debaters focussing extensively on preparing students for their local leagues, State, and NSDA Nationals, and the specific types of judges at those tournaments.