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Announcing our 2018 Summer Camps!

  • Middle School students entering 6th grade through 8th grade (Middle School CDSI)
  • High School students entering 9th grade through 12th grade (High School CDSI)

What: Chicago Debate Summer Institute

When: July 30th – August 10th, M-F 9 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, 211 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60607


  • 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
  • Free lunch!
  • Free CTA passes for CPS students
  • Tuition free for Title I (free/reduced lunch eligible) CPS students ($25 registration fee)
  • Lowest cost camp in the Midwest for all other students:
    CPS Non-Title I* (not free/reduced lunch eligible) students – $375 for 10 full days of instruction (plus $25 registration fee, limited scholarships available)
    Non-CPS students – $500 for 10 full days of instruction (plus $25 registration fee) – no housing or overnight accommodations available

Registration Now Open!

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Please Note: You will be fully registered upon receipt of your $25 registration fee and tuition payment (if applicable). Submit your payments through this payment link or send check or money order to: Chicago Debate Commission, 200 S. Michigan Avenue Suite 1040, Chicago IL 60604.

For students who can only attend the first week of instruction, there will be a waitlist that will be kept until July. All two-week registered students will take priority until we reach our capacity and we highly recommend students attend all 10 days of instruction if they can. No students will be allowed to attend for just the second week of instruction – unfortunately, they would be too far behind to catch up.

If you have any questions, please email us at and we’ll be glad to help you!

Are you a CPS high school debater who wants a paid summer internship at a Chicago area political office, non-profit, or law firm?

The Chicago Public Schools Office of Teaching and Learning and Department of Academic Competitions will provide 55 paid summer internship opportunities to Chicago Debate League Debaters. The Debate Summer Career Experience program offers a diverse and exciting range of job opportunities in professional environments such as Cook County Assessors’ Office, Chicago Aldermanic offices, State Elected officials’ offices, law firms, and various local and state government offices. The program will begin on July 2, 2018 and will conclude on July 27, 2018 and students must attend mandatory trainings prior to starting.

Applications can be found here and are due May 14th, 2018. (Note that the Chicago Debate Commission does not run this internship program and all questions should be directed to Erwin Henry at or Markus Payne at

Are you an experienced debate instructor who wants to teach at our camp? Apply here!