University of San Diego

Summer Debate Camps

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

The University of San Diego was started in 1949 by Bishop Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill. It began as two separate colleges, for men and women, but merged into a single liberal arts university in 1972. The school now includes six distinct divisions covering arts and sciences, law, business administration, education, and health sciences. The University of San Diego's beautiful campus is situated five miles inland, on the edge of a canyon overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It has been ranked among the Princeton Review's Top 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses. The University has become a nationally ranked Catholic institution, with an average freshman GPA of 3.89. Businessweek ranked the undergraduate program 4th in the west coast and 36th in the United States.

Summer Camps at University of San Diego

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    June 16 to 28, 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
    June 16 to 28, 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.


  • Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp
    June 16 to 28, 2019
    Cost: 3,499 $2749 if registered by January 31*
  • The best way to promote in-depth understanding of Lincoln Douglas concepts and positions is through application and skill-building exercises. Students apply the many concepts they are introduced to in lecture labs by utilizing a variety of drills, speaking exercises, mini debates, and practice debates to emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned. 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.

University of San Diego 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

Ryan Rigda

Camp Director

Ryan is currently the Director of Speech and Debate at Texas A&M University where he is working on completing his Ph.D. in communication. In addition to coaching the speech and debate team, Ryan a…  Read More »

Brad Hicks

Camp Director

Bradley T. Hicks has been a teacher for 17 years and currently teaches U.S. History, Government, and Economics in Williston, Florida. He holds a B.A. from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Inspire…  Read More »

Lauren Scoggan

Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

Lauren is the Residential Life Director at the San Jose State campus for Capitol Debate. She is originally from Alabama and is an alumnus of The University of Alabama. Lauren has taught 5th Grade at H…  Read More »

Christine Matos

Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

Hello, my name is Christine Matos. I currently work at SUNY Cortland as a Residence Hall Director. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Le Moyne College with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Crim…  Read More »

Michael Perry

Camp Instructor

As a member of the Instructional Team at Capitol Debate, Mike is passionate in his desire to help students develop important life skills that will have a positive impact on their educational experienc…  Read More »

Omar Moore

Camp Instructor

Omar Moore served as Debate Captain & President of the Advanced Technologies Academy Debate Team in Las Vegas, NV. Throughout his four years of high school, he primarily competed in Public Forum and L…  Read More »

Paul Narey

Camp Instructor

I am starting as a debate coach and professor of communications at the University of Wyoming this school year. Before that, I taught debate in Korea and have 8 years of competitive experience in high …  Read More »

Boka Golubovic

Camp Instructor

For 10 years now, Bojana has been a teacher of philosophy. Currently she works as a teacher of Philosophy and Logic at Gimnazija "Svetozar Markovi?" in Ni?, Serbia. She has been involved in bo…  Read More »

Robert Adanto

Camp Instructor

Robert Adanto is excited to be teaching at Capitol Debate this summer. While competing for Arizona State University Forensics, Robert became the first Sun Devil to win an individual event national cha…  Read More »

AJ Crawford-Kuhrts

Camp Instructor

AJ Crawford is currently pursuing a B.S. in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Before transferring to Point Loma, AJ won numerous awards, includin…  Read More »

Breann Smith

Camp Counselor

Breann Smith debated from 2012-2016 at Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas on both the local and national circuits. Locally, she qualified to TFA State her sophomore, junior, and senior years, c…  Read More »

Bryce Henshaw

Camp Counselor

Bryce Henshaw is a first-year college student at Willamette University and will be a Resident Advisor for Capitol Debate this summer. She has had five years of debate experience, four years in high sc…  Read More »

Sam Smith

Camp Counselor

My name is Sam Smith, I am a Junior at Kansas State University majoring in Philosophy (Bachelor of Science). I've always wanted to work at a Summer Debate camp because I really enjoyed my experience a…  Read More »

Ryley Hartwig

Camp Counselor

Ryley Hartwig is finishing his first year at Florida State University, majoring in Political Science. When in high school, Ryley competed for American Heritage School for 3 years in Public Forum Debat…  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.