University of California, Los Angeles

Summer Debate Camps

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

The University of California at Los Angeles is one of the premier research schools in the United States and boasts a top-20 overall ranking of Universities worldwide. It is located in the Westwood region of Los Angeles and is surrounded by the Bel Air, Brentwood, and Beverly Hills neighborhoods. With the second-ranked fine arts program in the U.S. and the top ranked school for clinical psychology, UCLA's highlights are many and varied. It's athletic program is the most successful in NCAA history with 113 team championships and athletes earning gold medals in every Olympics since 1932.

Summer Camps at University of California, Los Angeles

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    June 30 to July 12, 2019
    Cost: 3,999 $3399 if registered by April 1*
  • At our Public Speaking and Debate Camp level, middle school and high school 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 Public Speaking and 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.


Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.
Cost excludes $75 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

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

See for Yourself the Impact of Our Summer Camps!

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.

UCLA, CA 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 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 »

  • Gabrielle Duboff

    Camp Wellness / Nurse

  • Gabrielle is a Baccalaureate Prepared Registered Nurse, proudly raised in the city of Chicago. She currently works as an inpatient pediatric mental health nurse. She has been an RN since 2014 and prev…  Read More »

  • Lauren Scoggan

    Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

  • Lauren Scoggan is originally from Alabama and is an alumnus of The University of Alabama. Lauren has taught 5th Grade at Hirsch Elementary in San Antonio, Texas for several years. Her passion for enco…  Read More »

  • Boka Golubovic

    Camp Instructor

  • For over 10 years, Bojana Golubovic has been a teacher of philosophy. Currently she works as a teacher of Philosophy and Logic in Serbia. She has been involved in both formal and informal educational …  Read More »

  • David Finnigan

    Camp Instructor

  • David Finnigan is the Speech and Debate Coach at Beverly Hills High School and an assistant debate coach at Santa Clara University in California's Silicon Valley. Last spring he created the Beverl…  Read More »

  • Michael Perry

    Camp Instructor

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

  • Omar Moore

    Camp Counselor

  • 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 »

  • Calli Pesina

    Camp Counselor

  • Staff member biography coming soon.

  • Ryley Hartwig

    Camp Counselor

  • Ryley Hartwig is finishing his second 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 Deba…  Read More »

  • Joy Liesegang

    Camp Facilitator

  • Joy Liesegang is a native Californian and a graduate from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Political Science. She has a passion to help children feel comfortable and confident in who they a…  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.