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Summer at Stoneleigh-Burnham

June 24 – 29, 2018

July 1 – 6, 2018

For girls ages 12 – 18.


A Voice of Her Own is a unique summer program that teaches girls to articulate ideas with confidence and clarity, while improving their oratorical, research, and critical thinking skills. A Voice of Her Own faculty teach lifetime skills in public speaking and debate, and girls learn the skills needed to succeed in interscholastic debate and public speaking tournaments. Instruction is offered in cross-examination debating, parliamentary extemporaneous debating, interpretive reading, dramatic interpretation, impromptu speaking, after-dinner speaking, and persuasive speaking.

Camp Schedule

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Warm-up exercises
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Writing and creating
12:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Practice deliveries
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Swimming/Free time
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner and free time
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Presentations
9:00 p.m. Presentation of the next day’s topic (usually a film)

Morning: Campers choose a style of presentation and prepare a speech, dramatic reading, or debate brief
Afternoon: Campers polish material written in the morning
Evening: Campers present persuasive speech or debate brief to other participants.

Parents are encouraged to join us at the formal presentation on the last day, as participants present their best work from the week.

About Debate & Public Speaking at SBS

Stoneleigh-Burnham School has a long and illustrious history in debate and public speaking. It is recognized as one of the strongest programs in New England, competing locally, nationally and internationally. In 2012, 2013, 2105, 2016, and 2017, Stoneleigh-Burnham students competed as part of the American Team at the World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championships. Learn more about our program here.