Loyola University & University Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD

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

Students at our debate camps stay in Loyola’s dormitories and have access to extensive academic and athletic resources. Loyola’s beautiful campus sets on 79 acres in a northern Baltimore suburb.

Debate students live in apartment-style dorms, dubbed “palaces” by The Princeton Review, with private bathrooms, living areas, dining rooms, and kitchens.

Students eat all meals in the main lobby of the residence hall, Newman Towers. Diverse options are served, with new tastes every day. All dietary restrictions and food preferences are happily accommodated by Loyola University Maryland’s dining staff.

Classes are conducted side-by-side Loyola’s MBA program, in the Sellinger School of Business. The classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, carpeting, air-conditioning, and comfortable seating. Research resources and areas for studying are available in the Loyola-Notre Dame Library, a 125,000 square foot facility housing nearly half a million volumes.

Our academic camps at Loyola are about more than education. They’re also about relaxing. We want summer to be fun. Under adult supervision, students have access to recreation areas, pools, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and athletic fields for football, frisbee, and soccer.

Loyola University originated in 1852. Since the University’s founding by John Early, its guiding principles have been excellence in education, an emphasis on liberal arts, and educating the entire person: mind, body, and soul. The school has grown to nearly 7000 students and encompasses a wide range of academics including humanities, social sciences, fine arts, education, computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, and business. Loyola has been ranked among the top 50 American public and private universities for the quality of education.

Capitol Debate keeps a registered nurse on staff, ready to respond at a moment’s notice to any illnesses or ailments. This nurse is housed in Newman Towers and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The campus is patrolled by university police around the clock.

Loyola University Camp 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, MD Reviews

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Travel and Logistics

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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Trip & Activities

On Campus Activites

  • Talent Show
  • Movies Night
  • Card & Board Games
  • Karaoke & Sing Alongs
  • Frisbee and Sports
  • Team Building Games & Challenges

Fun Outing Field Trip | 5th Day of Camp

About one-third of the way through camp students will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip off campus. This is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with their peers and counselors outside of the walls of the school. Students will have a chance to take this trip at their own pace since there’s something for everyone.

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Ron Bratt

CEO of Capitol Debate

Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

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Terri Robinson

Camp Director and Instructor

Brian Alford
Brian Alford


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Paul Narey


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Dan Wadley

Camp & Residential Life Director

Megan Smalley

Residential Advisor

Griffin Badalamente
Griffin Badalamente

Residential Advisor

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.