Stay Tuned for Our 2022 Summer Camps!

Middle School CDSI: Students entering 5th grade through 8th grade

High School CDSI: Students entering 9th grade through 12th grade

WhatChicago Debates Summer Institute




  • Fun, supportive environment with students from throughout Chicago area
  • Great staff drawn from the best teachers in Chicago, successful CPS alums, and instructors with national college coaching experience
  • Tuition-free for students attending a Title I CPS school


All interested students should complete the pre-registration form.

Only students who have completed the pre-registration form will be sent the final registration link. Students will be admitted to the camp on a first come, first served basis.


  • CPS students attending a Title I CPS school–Free
  • CPS students who do not attend a Title I school–$200 (plus $25 registration fee)
  • Non-CPS students–$400 (plus $25 registration fee)

Are you an experienced debate instructor who wants to teach at our camp? Email

Refund Policy

  • You will receive a refund of the camp fee (not including the registration fee) if you cancel any time between July 6 and July 30.
  • You will receive 50% of the camp fee (not including registration fee) if you participate in camp for the first week and cancel by August 8.
  • You will receive no refund if you attend any part of the second week.

Last year, we were thrilled to also virtually host our two-week summer debate camps for nearly 100 students. Here’s what some students had to say about their camp experience:

“Reviewing terms was a good way to bounce back into debate especially after summer.” -Samantha

“I really love the energy and humor of my lab leader. I also think that it’s also really great to get back at the fundamentals.”  -Jonathan

“What I enjoyed most today was that Disney movies were the topic and we talked about the racism in the world.” -Giselle

“I enjoyed watching the lab instructors do skits on what not to do in debate.” -Joey