UPDATE! Due to Covid-19, all summer sessions are available as synchronous  online programs. No on-campus summer programs are scheduled for 2021.
DO NOT USE THIS SITE! Of course, there is information that might give perspective on programming and one may review it but PLEASE USE INFORMATION FOR SUMMER 2021 ONLINE PROGRAMS AT

Online programs will still include middle school and high school debate, middle school scholars, and high school leadership communication programs. Online dates will differ from on-campus programs.




You may bring your cellular telephone to the institute. Please remember to turn off or silence the phone during instructional sessions.


A student may receive a password for wireless Internet access. The fee is $20 per session. Internet registration takes place during program registration on arrival. Payment is by cash or check.


You may ship packages up to one week prior to your arrival. Packages and mail during the program should be addressed as follows:

Claremont McKenna College
CDLI – Debate/Leadership
Attn: “Your Name”
Story House
742 North Amherst Street
Claremont, CA  91711


iStock_000023714245_LargeWhether an individual is visiting the campus as a commuting student or residing in a supervised dormitory, each person needs to know and follow the rules for campus life. The rules and program procedures are designed for the academic success, safety, and convenience of all institute students and staff.


All participants are required to follow the policies and guidelines of the CDLI, Claremont McKenna College, and the Claremont Colleges. Participants will obey federal, state, and local laws, as well as CDLI and college policies. Participants must respect private and college property. The CDLI shall be free from discrimination, including harassment, with respect to actual or perceived ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex (gender), color, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital status or parental status.


The CDLI is a private conference program of Claremont McKenna College (CMC). Only authorized institute and conference personnel, CMC staff, and program participants may attend program proceedings or physically enter facilities. Please contact John Meany for any exceptions (e.g., a parent would like to meet her or his child for lunch on one of the days of the program). No guests are permitted at the institute or in any facility without the permission of the program director. This includes debate coaches of participating students. These guidelines are established for the safety of participants and the educational requirements of the program. Residents and commuting students will receive individual electronic access cards or other identification to enter campus buildings. In addition, residents will receive an individual key, electronic pass, or code for their room access. Students and staff do not let any other person have an access card, key, or other pass to facilities or events.


Dormitories are supervised by institute and conference personnel. Institute staff are housed in the dormitory for 24-hour supervision. Commuting students are welcome to participate in daytime and select evening recreational sessions in the dormitory. Commuting students must depart the campus at the conclusion of each day, 9:00 PM. If an event is marked as optional for commuters, those students can let staff know that they will be staying for the event.

For students in residence, there are 2 evening curfews. MIDDLE SCHOOL students must be in the dormitory by 8:50 PM each day. In addition, students are checked into their individual rooms at 10:30 PM. HIGH SCHOOL students must be in the dormitory by 8:50 PM each day. In addition, students are checked into their individual rooms at 11:30 PM.

The curfews help secure the facility, provide safety for conference guests, as well as ensure that students have the rest they need for active days.

DORMITORY AND WHAT TO BRING (Residential Students)


Students will be assigned to a double room in an air-conditioned, supervised dormitory. In some cases, although a student may have requested a double room, one might not be available. The student will then be housed in a single room. Institute personnel live in the dormitory and are available to assist guests. Linens, pillow, blanket, towels, and soap are provided by the college conference office. Guests may bring linen and pillow for additional comfort. Rooms are air-conditioned, with individual thermostats. Guests should bring personal items and whatever else one might need for a one-week program in a summer climate.


There are no institute events for which anyone will need to dress in a formal or semi-formal manner, with the exception of business attire for 2 events for high school students in the Leadership and Professional Communication program. Casual wear is appropriate for instructional sessions. Students should have an alarm clock to wake for breakfast and class. It is a good idea to bring a sport bottle to conveniently carry water. Be sensible – bring enough things to be comfortable but do not pack too much.


Students may want to bring pens, paper, digital timer, debate or leadership notes, a dictionary, and any other materials for use for preparation and practice. No one may bring any weapon, explosive, or dangerous or illegal device or chemical compound to the campus. If a student has attended a previous Claremont Summer program, remember to bring your program composition book.

A computer, tablet, or smartphone is not required for research or performances but students may prefer to bring their own devices for convenient note taking, research, writing, and event preparation.


Students are responsible for all conference items (card access key, room key, linen, towels, etc.) At the end of the program, there is a conference inspection of rooms and facilities. Individuals are responsible for all conference items and are expected to pay for any missing items before leaving campus (for example, missing hand towel cost is $6.00, missing dormitory card access is $20.00). If there is any damage to the facility, the expense is shared by all program participants (for example, a broken lounge chair is $250.00). Please be careful and considerate during the program to avoid any unnecessary costs.

WHAT TO BRING (Commuting Students)

Please review the information for those in residence – much of it will apply.

There are no institute formal events for which one will need to dress in a formal or semi-formal manner, with the noted exception of business attire for 2 Leadership Professional Communication presentations. Casual wear is appropriate. Commuting students may want to bring pens, paper, digital timer, debate and leadership notes, a dictionary, and any other materials for use for preparation and practice. No student may bring any weapon, explosive, or dangerous or illegal device or chemical compound to the campus. Commuting students are also responsible for any damage to facilities during the program. Please be respectful and careful of personal and other student property, as well as college property.



Furniture may not be moved from residence rooms. Any lounge furniture may be moved only with the permission of college conference and Debate Union/Claremont Summer staff. No signs, posters, or any other materials may be placed on room or building walls.


Smoking is not allowed inside any building at the Claremont Colleges. In addition, smoking is not permitted within 50 feet of any entrance to a building.  All participants must follow state law and college policies regarding smoking.


Wireless access to the Internet is available on request for a fee of $20 for each institute session. All individuals must follow college policies regarding appropriate computer use. Internet registration takes place during program registration on your arrival day. Payment is by cash or check.



All residential participants are included in a 3-meal per day plan; all commuters are included in a 2-meal per day plan (lunch and dinner). Commuters should have a hearty breakfast prior to arrival on campus each morning – it will help provide energy for an active day. The dining hall offers buffet-style dining with a range of foods for all diets. Campus dining hall are accustomed to serving students and staff with food allergies and other specific dietary needs. Please contact John Meany, for any particular needs. If needed, she can put you in touch with dining hall staff to answer questions or make specific meal requests for a student.

The main lounge in each dormitory is used as a recreational, meeting, and shared space. Snack foods and beverages are available at no charge in the lounge throughout each day.

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