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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.


In 2020 we have 44 sessions, 16 locations and are once again looking to expand our team of camp leaders.  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:  Debate Camp operates day camps in all of our locations and 1 overnight camp in our home base of Nova Scotia .  Campers are in grades 5 to 10 for day camp and grades 7 to 11 for overnight camp.  All campers are grouped by ability, with novice, intermediate and competitive (Level Up) instruction at all camps.   Camps range in size from a minimum of 30 campers to a maximum of 80 campers in a single week/location.  Staff to camper ratio is 1:8  


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 in 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 2019 camps across Canada can be viewed on the following link, with details on the 2020 Program Leadership Team available after March 1.


REGIONAL TEAMSIn 2020 Program Staff positions will be organized by regional team; with single or multi-week contracts available within the following teams:


WESTERN CANADA TEAM I:  July 6 - July 31 serving Calgary and Edmonton

WESTERN CANADA TEAM II; June 29 - July 24 serving Vancouver and Victoria


EASTERN CANADA TEAM I:  March 16 - 20; serving Halifax

EASTERN CANADA TEAM II: March 16 - 20; serving Toronto

EASTERN CANADA TEAM III: June 15 - August 14; serving Toronto

EASTERN CANADA TEAM IV: July 6 - July 31; serving Montreal and Ottawa

AMERICAN TEAM I:  June 8 - July 10; serving Greenwich CT, New York NY and Hartford CT

AMERICAN TEAM II: June 22 - July 24; serving Boston MA, and Providence RI


Applicants may express interest in joining a staff team for the full duration of camps in a particular region or select specific weeks that align more so with their availability and / or hometown.  In 2020, consideration will be given to candidates who reside in 1 or more of the locations in which Debate Camps are offered.  


Applicants for the American Team must have valid permissions for work in the United States.  International applicants must be able to present the required Canadian and/or US work VISA at time of employment (Debate Camp can provide support documentation regarding terms and dates of employment in Canada and/or United States)


Debate Camp is a 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 posses the following qualifications:


• completed grade 12 / 1st year university with a 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




CANADIAN Candidates are welcome to start the application process via the online submission form linked here: 



AMERICAN Candidates are welcome to start the application process via the online submission form linked here:  



We thank all interested applicants.  Those selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange next steps; typically involving a 30 - 45 minute Skype interview and/or 30 - 45 minute in-person 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





We thank all interested applicants.  Those selected for interviews will be contacted to arrange next steps; typically involving a 30 - 45 minute Skype interview and/or 30 - 45 minute in-person interview; as well as references review.