Villanova University, PA

July 1 to July 13, 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 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

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in history or enjoy local arts and culture, can you can find both near Villanova University.

Villanova University is a Roman Catholic school founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.

Villanova’s 260-acre campus is situated 12 miles west of Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the United States and the second largest city on the East Coast. The birthplace of the first Continental Congress and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is home to numerous historical sites, a vibrant arts and culture scene and more!

Capitol Debate students will reside on campus and share a room with another student. Each dorm room contains two beds, two desks with bookshelves, two desk chairs and two wardrobes with drawers. In addition, the residence call comes equipped with:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Cable TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lounge area
  • Hardwood floors within each room

Villanova’s Dining Services is committed to sustainability, stressing waste reduction and the use of renewable resources in its dining halls. Students will enjoy meals together at Dougherty Hall, which offers buffet-style dining options that include vegetarian and vegan entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, traditional breakfast dishes and more.

Safety & Security

Capitol Debate at Villanova University will have a nurse available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, housed in the main residential hall. The school’s campus is one of the safest in the city, and those safety measures will be extended fully to our students. The dormitory will be patrolled by Villanova residential staff to ensure additional safety and security for Capitol Debate students. Additionally, the university’s campus police and emergency services are on call around the clock and can respond rapidly to any issues.

Villanova 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 Villanova University Reviews

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Travel and Logistics

Villanova University is located in the community of Villanova, 17 miles away from the center of Philadelphia. The closest airport to Villanova University is the Philadelphia International Airport.
We suggest that residents arrive on Sunday, July 2nd between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM to check into the residence halls.
Commuters are suggested to arrive on Sunday, July 2nd 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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Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

Jacqueline Kelleher

Summer Camp Event Planner and Coordinator

Gabe Rusk

Director of Debate Programs

Bradley Hicks

Camp Director and Instructor

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John Arnold


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Oliver Parker


Ruby Nunez

Lab Leader

Alex Holguin


Chris Colvin
Chris Colvin

Residential Life Director

Megan Smalley

Residential Advisor

Jenna Cafora
Jenna Cafora

Residential Advisor

Blake Meyer
Blake Meyer

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.