George Mason Debate Institute 
Summer 2020 Dates:

High School Debate Camp

1 Week Commuter - July 5th - July 12th

2 Week Commuter - July 12th - July 19th

1 Week Resident - July 5th - July 12th

2 Week Resident - July 5th - July 19th



High School Camp

Policy Varsity

Policy Junior Varsity

Policy Introduction

Lincoln Douglas Varsity

Lincoln Douglas Introduction


Public Forum Varsity

Public Forum Junior Varsity

​Public Forum Novice


The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp.  Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater.  We are proud of our ability to tailor our instruction to the needs to individual participants once assessments are done; tailored instruction is indeed a unique institute approach. The camp has a focus on debate as an educational & communicative activity which offers a one of a kind learning experience.  As part of our unique educational approach participants will get to hear from topic experts on important public policy issues, our guest speaker series is certainly the most unique feature of our camp.

Participants choose the option that is best for them:

High School Camp Tuition:

One week resident -- $1595
One week commuter -- $995


To Apply:
We ask all interested students to fill out the application & send a $200 non-refundable deposit (which comes off your total fees). Please go to:




Contact: GeorgeMason University, Office of Admissions,, 703-993-5010
Location: Fairfax Campus

Description: George Mason University is the host of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC), and each summer welcomes high school student leaders from all over the country as National Youth Correspondents. Faculty members have developed the WJMC curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. The conference curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders from the Mason faculty as well as international media outlets and Washington insiders. National Youth Correspondents will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to journalism and media, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.


Young Writers and Families Programs

The NVWP Young Writers and Families programs are designed to help families in the Northern Virginia area support their student writers and increase their comfort and skill in various genres of writing. We offer one-day Saturday workshops in the fall and spring and a two-week “institute” in the summer.

Student Summer Institute

Our nationally recognized, annual, two-week writing enrichment program for approximately 100 selected students from (rising) grades 5-12 who come to the George Mason campus to work with Teacher Consultants. The writing produced in the Student Summer Institute is published in an anthology and celebrated as a culminating event at the Institute. More information can be found here.

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