The University of San Diego, CA

June 17 to June 29, 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.

Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp

The best way to promote in depth understanding of Lincoln Douglas concepts and positions is through application and skill-building exercises. Every class ends with application. The students are split into small groups, and these small groups learn to take the concepts and apply them in practice. To help students apply the many concepts they are introduced to labs will utilize a variety of drills, speaking exercises, mini debates, and practice debates to emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned.


  Price you pay
after March 31
Price you pay after
January 31
Price you pay after
August 18
Residential Rates $3,299 $2,999 $2,749 $2499
Commuter Rates $2,699 $2,399 $2,149 $1899

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

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Campus Information

Students at our debate camps stay in University of San Diego’s dormitories and have access to extensive academic and athletic resources. University of San Diego’s beautiful campus overlooks the Pacific Oceans.

Debate students live in traditional dorms. Students eat all meals in the Student Union. Diverse options are served, with new tastes every day.

Classes are held in Maher Hall. The classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, carpeting, and comfortable seating.

Our west coast students will study and live at the University of San Diego. The campus is situated five miles inland, on the edge of a canyon, a short drive from La Jolla, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma. It has been ranked among the Princeton Review’s Top 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses.

The academic resources are extensive and immaculate. The 180-acre campus provides ample room to study and relax. Campers make use of the Copley Library which houses over half a million volumes. Wi-Fi for laptops and supervised access to computers are available.

Students will reside in Camino and Founders Hall, which is conveniently located near classrooms, the library, chapel, and theater. A lounge with cable TV and computers is located in each hall. The University Alcohol Policy designates Camino-Founders as a no alcohol living area regardless of age or class status.

The University of San Diego was started in 1949 by Bishop Charles Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill. It began as two separate colleges, for men and women, but merged into a single liberal arts university in 1972. The school now includes six distinct divisions covering arts and sciences, law, business administration, education, and health sciences.

The students include 5000 undergraduates, 1500 post-graduates, and 1500 law students. The University has become a nationally ranked Catholic institution, with an average freshman GPA of 3.89. Businessweek ranked the undergraduate program 4th in the west coast and 36th in the United States.

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 Mahan Hall and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The campus is patrolled by university police around the clock.

University of San Diego 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 University of San Diego 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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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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Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

Gabe Rusk

Director of Debate Programs

Kenny Torre


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Kevin Solove


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Paul Narey


Josh Schulster
Josh Schulster


Mark Veeder


Megan Smalley

Residential Advisor

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Isabella Riezler

Residential Advisor

Omar Moore

Junior Instructor & Residential Advisor

Kayla Lopez

Residential Life Director

Albert Morales

Residential Advisor

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Quinlyn Manfull

Residential Advisor

Adin Tarr

Instructor & 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 or 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.