Virginia's largest speech and debate organization
Richmond Debate Institute is a nationally recognized speech and debate summer camp program for middle and high school students. Our community of seasoned coaches, PhD lecturers, and resident assistants make our camp a lively and engaging summer experience. We are dedicated to making our camps an inclusive community, where students can make life long friends and express their curiosity.
Overnight Scholars Camp
Seven nights of rich curriculum and evening activities, while staying in one of the country's most modern dorms. Our camp counselors and RA's guide students through daily classes, team dinners, library study sessions, and evening socials.
Local students in the greater Richmond area can join us for the complete day of classes. Our 9AM to 5PM program allows local students to meet others from across the country, and compete at our end-of-week tournament.
We believe that every student can benefit from speech and debate education, and RDI has a place for students of all financial backgrounds. We offer affordable prices and financial aid to students that attend public schools.
High Quality Instruction
Speech and debate has the power to transform a student's academic trajectory; by introducing students to important life skills such as civil disagreement, proper research, and public speaking, students are prepared for any career choice.
Our lecturers, coaches, and resident counselors are hand picked to promote a culture of curiosity and inclusivity. Students love discussing with our staff and consistently vote them as the best feature of our camp.
Life Changing Skill
Fun camp experiences
Our camp is a fun and memorable week for our students, where they have the chance to make friends with students from across the country and participate in our games, discussions, and group activities.
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Summer Camp 2024