University of Pennsylvania Summer Debate Camp Video Tour!

  • Dates: July 7 to July 18, 2024
  • Ages (as of camp): Entering high school in fall 2024 to Seniors
  • Dorm: U Penn High - Traditional Style High Rise Air-Conditioned Doubles
  • Dining: Hill Dining Hall
  • Early Bird Price until January 31, 2024:
    • Commuter: $3399.00 $2699.00
    • Residential: $4199.00 $3499.00
  • Residential Check-In: Sunday June 23, 2024, 6 to 8 p.m. ET
  • Commuter Check-In: Monday June 24, 2024, 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Check-out: Thursday July 4, 2024, Noon ET (following Parent Demonstration Debates and Award Ceremony Starting at 9 am)
Nestled in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania boasts a rich academic heritage and diverse community. Known for interdisciplinary learning and innovation, it offers an ideal environment for nurturing young minds and providing abundant opportunities for personal and intellectual growth.
Enjoy a memorable summer at UPenn's high-rise dormitories – Harnwell, Harrison, and Rodin College Houses. These residences offer spacious rooms, kitchens, lounges, 24-hour security, and a nurturing environment, fostering a vibrant and diverse community.
The Van Pelt Building on U.Penn's campus features a recreation area with a game room, pool table, table tennis, foosball, and board games. It's an ideal space for teens to bond, foster friendships, and develop teamwork skills in a fun environment.
Hill Dining Hall offers a diverse array of cuisines, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Features include a Mongolian Grill, rotisserie area, salad bar, and vegan options, catering to a range of dietary preferences. The cafe, located in the Hill College House, provides spacious seating with an open-air dining atmosphere.
Meyerson Hall at UPenn provides an inspiring environment for public speaking and debate. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a well-stocked library, it offers an ideal setting for developing communication skills and critical thinking.

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Capitol Debate: Nurturing Tomorrow's Leaders Through Speech & Debate!

Embark on a two-week transformative experience with Capitol Debate. From engaging lectures and personalized labs to practical applications and dedicated supervision, witness firsthand the unparalleled commitment we have to every student's growth. Whether a beginner or seasoned debater, every moment is designed for learning, speaking, and succeeding. Let the rhythm of our dedicated days and the passion of our esteemed staff show you why speech and debate is a pivotal tool for the future.


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Expert Staff

Capitol Advantage SealWe 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 programs 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 summer debate program 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 programs, 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


Leading Curriculum

At our Public Speaking and Debate Program 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 Program 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. Capitol Debate offers students the chance to improve their communication skills in a safe and secure environment while having fun!


At Capitol Debate summer programs, students will learn the art of public speaking and debate. Students will cover many topics including:

  • Structuring Arguments
  • Supporting Arguments
  • Researching Evidence
  • Writing Persuasive Cases
  • Drafting Rebuttal Briefs
  • Organizing Ideas
  • Delivering Winning Speeches
  • Standing Up Confident
  • Articulating Ideas
  • Refuting Opposition
  • Listening Carefully
  • Cross-Examining Opponents