Loyola University, Chicago

July 15 to July 27, 2018


Public Speaking & Debate Camp

Our Summer Public Speaking & Debate Camps for High School and Middle School students teaches the key processes of public speaking and effective argumentation, enabling students to develop core presentation and debating skills that boost confidence and self-esteem. We work on debate case construction, composing briefs, research, rebuttals, cross-fire, evidence analysis, and summary and final focus. Students leave the academic camp with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in life.


  Price you pay after
May 1 or when Waitlisted
Price you pay after
April 10
Residential Rates $3,499 $3,299 $2999
Commuter Rates $2,899 $2,699 $2399

Excludes $47.50 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance.

Summer Camp Experience

Not only will Capitol Debate students learn debating 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. We invite you to join us this summer to take part in this life-changing experience.

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Campus Information

Easily accessible for our Chicago students,  Loyola University Chicago is renowned for its educational spirit and we are sure that every student will have a memorable camp experience at this incredible location.

Students at Capitol Debate’s Chicago Camp will be housed in Regis Hall, one of the most recently-renovated residential halls on Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus. Each room can fit two students, each having a bed, dresser, desk, and stand-up closet. Each residential room shares a single restroom.

Each floor of Regis Hall contains two common areas, with large table spaces for students to work, study, and socialize. These common areas also include large, comfortable couches and a flat-screen TV. Students will have supervised access to kitchen amenities, including a microwave, oven, and refrigerator.

Students will dine in one of Loyola University Chicago’s two main dining halls, each offering a large variety of culinary delights. Our camp’s dining hall has something for everybody, and can accommodate most dietary needs. Operated by Aramark, Loyola University Chicago’s dining halls offer a salad bar, sandwich bar, dessert, as well as various ethnic options and meals for vegetarian and vegan students.

Loyola University Chicago is currently (2014) ranked number 101 among national universities and is consistently named a “best value” school by U.S. News & World Report.

Loyola’s Graduate School of Business has been ranked #1 in Ethics nationwide by BusinessWeek, a unique distinction among hundreds of competitive undergraduate business programs in the United States.  In addition, Loyola’s History Department ranked sixth in the nation in 2006 on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a respected ranking system of graduate faculty quality.  In 2010, the History Department also ranked in the top tier in the 2010 National Research Council’s evaluation of the nation’s graduate programs.

Capitol Debate at Loyola University Chicago will have a nurse available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, housed in the main residential hall. Loyola University Chicago’s gated campus is one of the safest in the city, and those safety measures will be extended fully to our students. The main lobby of Regis Hall is staffed with a member of Loyola University’s residential staff, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Loyola University’s campus police and emergency services are on call around the clock, and can respond rapidly to any issues.

Loyola University Reviews

There’s nothing better than hearing from someone who has experienced our camps first hand. We are pleased to share with you the comments from previous year’s attendees and their parents. Read Loyola University Reviews

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Travel and Logistics

Loyola University Chicago is located near Edgewater Beach, 10 miles from the center of Chicago City. The closest airport to Loyola University Chicago is the O’Hare International Airport.
We suggest that residents arrive on Sunday, July 15th between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM to check into the residence halls.
Commuters are suggested to arrive on Sunday, July 15th between 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM.
Please check your email inbox for detailed information specific to your location.
For information about what to bring, when to arrive at camp, and specifics about the camp schedule and locations please see our Attendee Information Page.

Please Note: Capitol Debate does not provide pick up or drop off services at local airports for parents or campers. All travel arrangements must be made individually by those attending the camp. For information, directions, recommendations, and safety tips in connection with transport to and from the camp location, please see the local transit authority website in the city in which your student is attending camp. You may also find good information on the ‘Contact Us’ or ‘Visiting the Campus’ page on the college campus website where your student will be attending camp.
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Trips & Activities

  • Video Games
  • Movies on Big Screen TVs
  • Playing Cards
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Local Movie Theaters
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Pool
  • Karaoke
  • Guitar Hero
One thing that is guaranteed at Capitol Summer Camps is that you will have fun, take a look!

Off Campus Field Trip

Fun Outing Field Trip
5th Day of Camp

About half way through camp students will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip off campus. This is a great chance for students to take the day at their own pace, there is something for everyone!

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Ron Bratt

CEO of Capitol Debate

Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

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Savon Ayodeji

Camp Director and Instructor

Lauren Pauls
Lauren Pauls


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Rachel Warnecke


Houston Summer Camp
Sal Sandoval

Junior Instructor

Cancellation Policy: 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 below schedule for applicable credit to your account.
    Camp cancellation credit timetable:
  • After May 1 | 85% credit
  • 30 - 22 days before start date | 70% credit
  • 21 - 8 days before start date | 60% credit
  • 7 - 4 days before start date | 50% credit
  • 3 - 1 day before start date | 25% credit
  • No Show | 0 credit
    Other programs cancellation credit timetable:
  • Two weeks before program start | 100% credit
  • Within two weeks before program start | 50% credit
  • Day of or No Show | 0% credit

  • For more information about Capitol Debate’s policies, terms and conditions of registration, please see our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.
Trip / Cancellation Insurance: Trip and/or Cancellation Insurance can be purchased through a 3rd party provider such as www.aplusplans.com/ or www.insuremytrip.com. Plans range in cost from $20 to $285 and can protect your investment in various ways from lost luggage or missed connection compensation to cancellation for any reason with 70% - 100% refund options. Most plans require enrollment on or before the final payment is made for your trip so please be sure to look into these available options today.