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
May 1 or when Waitlisted
Price you pay after
April 10
Residential Rates $3,499 $3,299 $2,999
Commuter Rates $2,899 $2,699 $2,399

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.

Back to top

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

Back to top

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.
Back to top

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.

Back to top


Ron Bratt

CEO of Capitol Debate

Victor Gazio

Chief Operations Officer

Lauren Pauls
Lauren Pauls


Ryley Hartwig
Ryley Hartwig

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.