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DebateAble: Debate for Kids!

Debate empowers young people to find their voice and listen to the voices of others! DebateAble camps use debate to teach critical thinking, public speaking and collaborative teamwork skills, all with a focus on keeping it fun. 

You’ll spend the first week learning debate skills and format through games and other activities. The second week you’ll work with your team to prepare for a final live debate, with a top-secret topic to be revealed during the camp session. You must be able to participate in the debate match held on Friday, August 14. Your family is encouraged to attend! 

Summer Youth Programs is excited to partner with DebateAble, which brings its unique youth-focused curriculum to districts from Seattle to Dallas and to schools across the country.

Who It's For

This camp is for incoming fourth and fifth graders.


Linda Oakley is a elementary school teacher and a DebateAble coach. Coach Oakley finds it exciting to teach debate and help students evaluate evidence and formulate opinions of both sides of an issue. 

Amber Vandermeulen is an elementary school teacher and a DebateAble Coach who's passionate about creating competent writers and articulate public speakers. She enjoys seeing her students develop a confident public speaking voice and she loves how debate develops critical thinking and persuasive writing skills in students.

More Information

See the Things to Know section for details about registration policies, transportation and parking, and more.


Aug 3–Aug 14, 2020

Sect. A-1
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
June 10 (100%)
Opens late Feb