Notre Dame of Maryland University

Summer Debate Camps

Teaching public speaking, persuasion, presentation skills and confidence through the art of debate

Founded in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland student body is made up of a majority of graduate students, who pursue advanced degrees in over 20 majors, including nursing, leadership, education, and pharmacy. Loyola University and Notre Dame share a beautiful 125,000 square foot library, which holds over 425,000 text volumes, and features an auditorium, cyber cafe, gallery, and more. Notre Dame of Maryland is located on 58 wooded acres on Baltimore's North Charles Street corridor with easy access to the city's cultural, social and recreational resources. For more than a century, Notre Dame's 22,000 alumnae and alumni have gone on to lead exceptional lives of service and achievement. They have built buildings and families, made scientific discoveries, run for office and in marathons, become military leaders, served as CEOs and in soup kitchens.

Summer Camps at Notre Dame of Maryland University

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    July 14 to 26, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2749 if registered by January 31*
  • At Middle School Debate Camp level, students will learn the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation, enabling them to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. Students at the High School Debate Camp level will work on effective public speaking and argumentation, allowing them to further advance their presentation and debate skills to prepare them for the real world. The camp offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun! Complete description »

    *Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $600 and does not include breakfast.


  • Public Forum Debate Camp
    July 14 to 26, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2749 if registered by January 31*
  • The High School Debate Camp teaches students the key processes of effective debate such as case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Debate students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life. Complete description »

    *Cost covers tuition, room & board. Commuter program discounted by $600 and does not include breakfast.


Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.
Cost excludes $47.50 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance. Please note that all program prices are subject to change without notice

Our Camp Parents Have Spoken!

Here's what they said about Capitol Debate's Summer Camps.
data from 2017 parent survey

Student's had Fun
Student's Learned a Lot
Want Students to Return
Recommend camp to their friends

Summer Camp: A Life Changing Experience

Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new skills through our programs; they will feel an increase in self-worth, learn critical thinking skills and improve public speaking and communication skills with their peers. Two weeks at camp will result in lifelong friendships and memories that will resonate with our students throughout their academic, personal and professional careers. Campers return to our program year after year because of how life-changing our Summer Debate Camps prove to be. Our parents will tell you themselves that they proudly stand by their investment in Capitol Debate because of the impact it has had on their families.

Loyola University & Notre Dame, Baltimore Camp Reviews

Activities & Schedule

Capitol Debate is the nation's leading expert in teaching communication skills to middle school and high school students. Our nationally recognized staff has hundreds of years of pedagogical experience in helping youth find their voice. Thousands of shy students have walked through our doors in our nearly 20 years of summer camps to become confident young adults and leaders in their community.

Typical daily Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. - Rise and shine!
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - Commuter check in
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning announcements
  • 9:00 a.m. - Leadership exercise
  • 9:30 a.m. - Morning lesson
  • 10:30 a.m. - Small group exercises
  • 11:30 a.m. - Get up and speak
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - Hands-on class time
  • 2:30 p.m. - Team building exercises
  • 3:30 p.m. - Practice
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. - Study Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. - Commuter check out
  • 7:00 p.m. - Recreational activities
  • 9:00 p.m. - Residential unwind hour
  • 10:00 p.m. - Room check and curfew

Activities outside of the classroom include:

  • Field trip
  • Talent show
  • Spa night
  • Movie night
  • Field Day
  • Karaoke night
  • Leadership Activities
  • Team building exercises

The Capitol Advantage

Expert Staff

We have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of the debating & public speaking. Click here to view our full staff listing.

Top of the Line Curriculum

Our programs draw students from around the world because we focus on our resources year round to ensure that we can bring the best information to our students. Our curriculum focuses on theory and application to provide results that you will be able to see as they become better, more confident speakers.

Convenient Locations

Capitol Debate’s academic summer camps are spread across the United States, from East to West as well as internationally. With such a large number of location available you're bound to find the perfect camp location for you.

  • Low faculty to student ratio – Capitol Debate firmly believes in individualized instruction, which can only happen with small class sizes.
  • Personalized Instruction – Capitol Debate instructors give students hands-on instruction with researching, writing, speaking and organizing. After practice debates, instructors give students lengthy feedback to help them improve their skills.
  • Senior faculty oversee all classes – Unlike other debate camps, Capitol Debate’s instructors have an average of 15 to 30 years of pedagogical experience in the classroom. Many have coached national champions!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice – We make sure students are not just sitting in lectures, but instead are getting up and speaking every day and applying the lessons learned in a small group setting.

Expert Staff

Terri Robinson

Camp Director

Terri teaches at East View High School in Georgetown, Texas where she has been actively involved in the speech & debate community for almost 40 years. Many of her students have advanced to state and n…  Read More »

Savon Ayodeji

Camp Director

Savon Ayodeji debated for 3 years with the Capitol Debate family in high school, advancing to elimination rounds at many nationally ranked tournaments before debating for 4 years at Liberty University…  Read More »

Sylvie Perroud

Camp Wellness / Nurse

Sylvie has been a registered nurse since 1982 and has been working in hospitals and schools in France and the United States ever since. When she is not working with Capitol Debate, she is the Head Sch…  Read More »

Dan Wadley

Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

Dan Wadley has been teaching Biblical Ethics at The McCallie School for the last ten years. He has taught 36 total years. During his time at McCallie he has served as varsity basketball coach (2006-14…  Read More »

Bob Dolan

Camp Instructor

"My favorite part of helping students learn debate is guiding them toward independent research and thought; helping them discover multiple ways of analyzing a position." - Bob Dolan

Bob Dolan's …  Read More »

PJ Samorian

Camp Instructor

Mr. P.J. Samorian has served our speech and debate community for 30 years. He is currently the Speech and Debate Department Chairperson at American Heritage Schools in Plantation and Boca/Delray Flori…  Read More »

Jane Boyd

Camp Instructor

"Students need to have an outlet to find themselves and it brings me joy when I am a part of that process" -Jane Boyd

After graduating from the University of Arkansas, Jane taught theatre for fo…  Read More »

Brian Alford

Camp Instructor

When I was a competitor in high school, I was a policy and extemp guy. While in college, I had a small company providing judges to tournaments and also consulting on the side. I have been judging spee…  Read More »

Doug Miller

Camp Instructor

Doug Miller was formerly the Director of Debate at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California. As a coach at Fairmont, Doug lead Fairmont Preparatory Academy in the last 2 years to champions …  Read More »

Kyle Holub

Camp Counselor

I started debate as a sophomore in high school, and it completely changed my life. Debate opened many doors for me and gave an opportunity to join a mentorship organization at my high school. I develo…  Read More »

Katie Gao

Camp Counselor

Katie is a senior at Centennial High School, where she serves as the co-president of the debate team. Katie reached semifinals of the NCFL Grand National Tournament, as well as octafinals of the Yale …  Read More »

Ryan Kerestesy

Camp Counselor

Ryan debated public forum with Capitol Debate for four years. Ryan has gotten to elimination rounds at a large number of national tournaments. He goes to Penn State University as a Political Science a…  Read More »

Catie Ford

Camp Counselor

Catie Ford competed in public forum debate for Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida for four years, serving as team captain in both her junior and senior year. She amassed a career tot…  Read More »

Haley Rubin

Camp Counselor

After competing in Congressional debate on the local, state, and national circuit for four years, Haley has had a significant role as a competitor and teacher in speech and argumentation. As the forme…  Read More »

Olivia Sailors

Camp Counselor

Olivia competed in Policy Debate and Forensics for three years in high school in Kansas. Her greatest accomplishments are qualifying for state all 3 years in debate and forensics and qualifying to NSD…  Read More »

Please note that all payments are nonrefundable. Should cancellation be necessary, full credit will be provided up to 1 year from the date of the event, if written notice of cancellation is provided prior to May 1st for camps and at least two weeks for other programs. Any add-ons, tournament or fees paid cannot be refunded and are non-transferrable. Summer camp cancellations received after May 1st or programs cancellations after two weeks prior to program starting must also be made in writing and will follow the cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.