Villanova University

Summer Debate Camps

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

Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in history or enjoy local arts and culture, can you can find both near Villanova University. Villanova University is a Roman Catholic school founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. Villanova's 260-acre campus is situated 12 miles west of Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States and the second largest city on the East Coast. The birthplace of the first Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is home to numerous historical sites, a vibrant arts and culture scene and more!

Summer Camps at Villanova University

  • Public Speaking and Debate Camp
    June 30 to July 12, 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.


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.

Villanova University 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

Stan Banks

Camp Director

Stan Banks has committed to giving back to the debate community that provided him with a transformational experience as a student. He believes debate doesn't just teach valuable communication and argu…  Read More »

Seanna Meehan

Camp Wellness / Nurse

I have been a nurse since 2009 and received my BSN in 2013. I have practiced in different fields, but for the last five years, I have been working as a school nurse, both of which are private boarding…  Read More »

Ezinne Ofoegbu

Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

My name is Ezinne Ofoegbu and this is my first year working with Capitol Debate. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA, but I am currently living in Raleigh, NC and attended North Carolina State Univer…  Read More »

Krista Lang

Camp Instructor

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Claire Ingelfinger

Camp Instructor

As a former high school history teacher who now works with the Quincy Public School system as a substitute, it makes sense that Claire would become an Instructor with Capitol Debate. Having coached Mo…  Read More »

Lauren Pauls

Camp Instructor

Lauren has been debating for eight years and coaching for three. She was the top speaker at the North American Women's Debating Championship in 2017 and has competed at the World Universities Debating…  Read More »

Brad Hicks

Camp Instructor

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 »

Mackenzie Jackson

Camp Counselor

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Benjamin Hanson

Camp Counselor

Ben is currently a senior at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Kentucky where he is the captain of his school's Public Forum debate team. Over the last four years, Ben has been in out rounds at…  Read More »

Josie Banks

Camp Counselor

Though Josie competed in Public Forum Debate, her background is primarily on the public speaking side of the activity. She participated in multiple Modern Woodman Speech contests throughout her earlie…  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.