Harvard-Westlake Summer Debate is dedicated to providing access to a superior debate program for students in grades 5 -12. Since the program began in 2015, hundreds of campers have attended each summer. Our leadership team has numerous years of experience in summer debate camps as well as debate programs in both middle and high schools. Students interested in summer speech classes should consider our program as well.
All debate programs occur on the Harvard-Westlake Upper School Campus, 3700 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City, CA.
Flagship Program (July 13 - July 24)
Our two-week flagship program offers an immersive debate experience for campers of all levels. Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) will be offered from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All other forms of debate (Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum) will be offered from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you’re not sure what type of debate is right for you, check out our debate frequently asked questions page. A limited number of participants can reside in dorms at UCLA for the duration of the flagship program. Click here for further information about boarding. If you choose to board, you will be asked to provide additional information about your arrival and departure in the beginning of June.
Not sure if you are ready to commit to two weeks of intensive debate, try one of our one week programs. Each session offers programs in Middle School Public Debate (MSPDP) as well as Lincoln-Douglas Debate for beginners. The Middle School Public Debate Program will be offered from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and the Lincoln-Douglas Program will be offered from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Session 2 is June 15 - June 19, session 3 is June 22 - June 24, and session 4 is July 6 - July 10.
Policy Debate for Experienced LD Debaters
For experienced LD Debaters who want to expand their debate experience, this two-week program focuses exclusively on Policy Debate (Session 1: June 8 - June 19, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).
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