Hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park | July 13 - 20, 2024 & July 27 - August 3, 2024

National debate camp
for middle and high
school students

A summer debate camp provides students with the opportunity to learn critical academic and life skills such as public speaking, confidence, leadership, collaboration and more. Students will be challenged to think differently and explore concepts from a variety of perspectives, while being supported by seasoned educators

National sleepaway debate camp
for middle and high
school Public Forum debaters

Our public forum summer debate camp provides students with the opportunity to learn critical academic and life skills such as public speaking, confidence, leadership, collaboration and more. Students will be challenged to think differently and explore concepts from a variety of perspectives, while being supported by seasoned educators.

Since founding in 2014, PDA has served
over 1000+ families

Potomac students have gone on to
attend nearly every top 25 college

PDA students have won 1000+ awards
including national championships

Register For PDA
Camp Today

Sign ups are officially open for the PDA Summer Camp!

Use code “EARLYBIRD” when registering to save 10% on camp if you register by January 1st!

We opened in 2014 with the
mission of helping students find
their voice through debate and
public speaking.

Since then, the program has grown immensely and now has hundreds of students in grades 4-12 all across the country participating in debate. We believe every students has a unique voice and the potential to become an effective communicator. Debate has the power to help students improve in a fun and interactive way:

We began our journey in 2014 with the mission of helping students find their voice through debate and public speaking.

Since then, our flagship Public Forum debate program has served over 1,000 families.

Our program has grown immensely and now has hundreds of students in grades 4-12 all across the country participating in debate. We believe every students has a unique voice and the potential to become an effective communicator. Debate has the power to help students improve in a fun and interactive way:

Hosted at the University of Maryland, College Park | July 13 - 20, 2024 & July 27 - August 3, 2024

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Curriculum

Designed by staff trained in learning pedagogy and curriculum writing, students will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed, while having fun and making friends.
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Faculty

Our nationally recognized instructors have decades of experience working with students of all backgrounds, and are dedicated to helping each individual student find their voice.
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Results

From championing Harvard University competitions to feeling confident during class presentations, we help students reach success - no matter what that looks like.

See what previous students are saying...

Most importantly, debate gave me confidence as a speaker, which helped greatly not only in interviews but also in almost every facet of academics, from making a good impression on teachers who write recommendations to connecting with professionals, to presenting at science fairs and conferences.

Dhruv Former Potomac student, attending Stanford

I first joined Potomac Debate Academy expecting to improve my public speaking and argumentation skills. Not only was I able to do that, but I was also able to create lifelong friends and learn many meaningful lessons about how to be a good friend, partner, and teammate.

Austin Former Potomac student, attending Northwestern

Debate has been the most vital activity I’ve participated in during my entire life. First and foremost, it has helped me find my voice, then channel it into crucial discussions on modern-day issues. The skills of speaking, research, and respectful discourse are those that I will undoubtedly carry with me in the decades to come.

Carina Former Potomac captain, attending UPenn