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Debate Camp provides a valued summer employment opportunity for skilled debaters, speakers and thinkers who demonstrate ability and interest in working with youth. This page details how to join one of our regional teams.




Debate Camp has operated academic-enrichment summer camps in public speaking, debate and Model UN, across Canada since 2002 and in several Northeastern United States locations since 2015. The mission and philosophy of our program is:


Debate Camp aims to empower students with the skills of effective communication and teamwork through the avenues of debate and public speaking.  The goal of our program is to create informed and articulate global citizens in a fun and exciting learning environment.


We believe that "camp" creates a novel and secure learning environment in which campers feel safe to try new skills, think on their feet, see the opposing view, and work well with others. 


CAMPS PROFILE:  In 2022 Debate Camp will operate in-person camps across Canada and in the North Eastern United States along with a selection of Online Camps running January through August. Camps will range in size from a minimum of 24 campers to a maximum of 56 campers in a single week/location. Staff to camper ratio is 1:8.  Debate Camp will operate according to the protocols defined in our 2022 Health Partnership Plan - and overview of which is outlined HERE.


STAFF PROFILE:  Debate Camp hires individuals who are both experienced with public speaking and debate, as well as being creative thinkers, reliable team players, and good role models for young people. Our staff teams demonstrate a high level of commitment to ensuring that camp is a safe and positive learning environment. Each staff team is supported by experienced program leaders and camp directors, who assist in the overall planning and preparation for a successful week.  The leadership composition for our 2021 camps; online and in-person can be viewed HERE.




In 2022 Program Staff positions will be organized by regional teams. We will be hiring staff for single or multi-week contracts for the following regions: 



- Toronto, Ontario

- Ottawa, Ontario

- St. Catharines, Ontario

- Montreal, Quebec

- Halifax, Nova Scotia

- Vancouver, British Columbia

- Victoria, British Columbia


- Boston, Massachusetts

- Providence, Rhode Island

- Greenwich, Connecticut

- New York, New York

- Portland, Maine

Applicants for the American Team must have valid permissions for work in the United States, including a SSN.  International applicants must be able to present the required Canadian and/or US work VISA at the time of employment.


Debate Camp is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Debate Camp does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, suitability for work with youth and suitability for work in a collaborative summer camp environment.



















STAFF PROFILE: Debate Camp Program Staff are the centrally important teachers and program providers at camp.  They are experienced debaters and accomplished or inspiring speakers.  They are good with young people.  They know how to take the higher-order skills of debate analysis, case construction, and critical thinking and break it down into lessons suited to the many age groups and ability levels at Debate Camp.  Program Staff are team players, who work hard to ensure campers experience a safe, well-supported, well-supervised and well-executed program for each day of camp. Ideal candidates will possess the following qualifications:


• completed grade 12 / 1st-year university with demonstrable experience with debate and/or public speaking

• experience working with youth (educational and / or camp setting preferred)

• experience working in teams

• previous employment experience



**As of June 6 Debate Camp is no longer accepting staff applications for Summer 2022. If you are interested in working during the school year online or in-person, pleae complete the New Staff Application form. 

We thank all interested applicants.  Those selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange the next steps; typically involving a 30  minute Zoom interview as well as references review.




Debate Camp offers a select number of program staff internships each summer. 

• Interns must have completed Grade 10 or 11

• experience working with youth

• competitive debate and/or public speaking experience or experience with Model UN simulations

• strong team player 

• willingness to learn how to design and deliver educational workshops

Please visit our INTERN PROGRAM page for more information. 


We thank all interested applicants.  Those selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange the next steps; typically involving a 15- 20 minute Zoom interview as well as references review.