Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

June 3 to June 15, 2018 - No Longer Accepting Registrations

No Longer Accepting Registrations

COURSES

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.
 

Fees

  After May 16
Residential Rates REGISTRATION CLOSED
Commuter Rates REGISTRATION CLOSED

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

A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, SMU is a distinguished center for global research with a liberal arts tradition. SMU’s 11,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through seven schools. SMU is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which includes the presidential archives of the Bush Administration, a museum with permanent and traveling exhibits and an independent public policy institute.

Location Highlights

Residential Campers at Capitol Debate’s summer camp at Southern Methodist University will reside in the Loyd Residential Commons. Opened in 2014, the Loyd Residential Commons is located on the south east portion of the campus. Residential campers will have access to common areas for study and social activities, laundry rooms with washer and dryers, and furnished rooms including a twinXL bed, dresser, desk and desk chair. Both residential and commuter campers will be eating their meals in the Lee Dining Hall and learning in the classrooms of Dallas Hall, which is celebrating its 106th birthday in 2018.
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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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Faculty

Ryan Rigda
Camp Director

Ryan is currently the Director of Speech and Debate at Texas A&M University where he is working on completing his Ph.D. in communication. In addition to coaching the speech and debate team, Ryan also teaches public speaking and argumentation courses. Although Ryan’s experience as a competitor falls primarily under the realm of public speaking, he is experienced in coaching multiple forms of debate at both the high school and collegiate level. For Ryan, speech and debate is about improving confidence, increasing critical thinking ability, and improving overall communication skills, which are all important to be successful in life. Speech and debate has played a major role in Ryan’s life and he is excited to share those experiences with his students.

Faculty at this Location

Nancy Green
Nancy Green

Camp Director

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Ryan Rigda

Camp Director and Instructor

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Lauren Scoggan

Resident Life Director

Megan Smalley
Megan Smalley

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.