Smith is from the inner city of St. Louis, MO, where he made an oath not to become a negative statistic. During his senior year of high school he was elected the senior class president and Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America. Smith competed in policy debate since 2009 in the Urban Debate League, where he was the top speaker and debater of the year in 2013. In the 2012-13 competition year, he earned the sixth place speaker in the country. Cameron and his partner are the first St. Louis UDL team to compete at the NFL National Championship, where they qualified without losing a single ballot. As a member of the Great Debaters, Cameron won a National Championship at JV Nationals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and was a finalist at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in JV Lincoln- Douglas Debate, and advanced to elimination rounds at the National Forensics Association National Championship.