San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

*Cost covers tuition, room, and board. Commuter option does not include breakfast. Cost excludes $75 fee for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance.

SJSU is conveniently located on more than 150 acres in downtown San Jose, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area. The oldest public school of higher education in California, SJSU was designed in the Spanish Revival style with influences from Gothic, Renaissance Revival, and Modern, reflecting the rich diversity found in San Jose.

Dorms: We are happy to announce our return to the lovely Campus Village 2 Residence Hall for our San Jose Debate Camp. This is one of San Jose State's newest dorms. This residence hall boasts amazing facilities throughout the building, including common study rooms, lounges, and multi-purpose rooms.
Dining: The Dining Hall is adjacent to our residence hall and classrooms, making for an easy transition in between scheduled activities. The dining hall will accommodate the various allergies and dietary restrictions of our campers.

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See for Yourself the Impact of Our Summer Camps!

Not only will Capitol Debate students learn new 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.

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Activities & Schedule

Capitol Debate is the nation's leading expert in teaching communication skills to middle school and high school students. Our nationally recognized staff has hundreds of years of pedagogical experience in helping youth find their voice. Thousands of shy students have walked through our doors in our nearly 20 years of summer camps to become confident young adults and leaders in their community.

Typical daily Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. - Rise and shine!
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. - Commuter check in
  • 8:45 a.m. - Morning announcements
  • 9:00 a.m. - Leadership exercise
  • 9:30 a.m. - Morning lesson
  • 10:30 a.m. - Small group exercises
  • 11:30 a.m. - Get up and speak
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. - Hands-on class time
  • 2:30 p.m. - Team building exercises
  • 3:30 p.m. - Practice
  • 5:00 p.m. - Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m. - Study Hall
  • 7:00 p.m. - Commuter check out
  • 7:00 p.m. - Recreational activities
  • 9:00 p.m. - Residential unwind hour
  • 10:00 p.m. - Room check and curfew

Activities outside of the classroom include:

  • Field trip
  • Talent show
  • Spa night
  • Movie night
  • Field Day
  • Karaoke night
  • Leadership Activities
  • Team building exercises

The Capitol Advantage

Expert Staff

We have a group of accomplished educators who have taught and competed for years. Our instructors are on the leading edge of debating & public speaking. Click here to view our full staff listing.

Top of the Line Curriculum

Our programs draw students from around the world because we focus on our resources year round to ensure that we can bring the best information to our students. Our curriculum focuses on theory and application to provide results that you will be able to see as they become better, more confident speakers.

Convenient Locations

Capitol Debate’s academic summer camps are spread across the United States, from East to West as well as internationally. With such a large number of location available you're bound to find the perfect camp location for you.

  • Low faculty to student ratio – Capitol Debate firmly believes in individualized instruction, which can only happen with small class sizes.
  • Personalized Instruction – Capitol Debate instructors give students hands-on instruction with researching, writing, speaking and organizing. After practice debates, instructors give students lengthy feedback to help them improve their skills.
  • Senior faculty oversee all classes – Unlike other debate camps, Capitol Debate’s instructors have an average of 15 to 30 years of pedagogical experience in the classroom. Many have coached national champions!
  • Practice, Practice, Practice – We make sure students are not just sitting in lectures, but instead are getting up and speaking every day and applying the lessons learned in a small group setting.

Expert Staff

  • Kinny Torre

    Camp Director

  • Kinny Torre competed in policy debate for three in high school, where he was the captain of his policy team and won several tournaments in the Washington State Area. In college, he competed in Parlia…  Read More »

  • Mona Rigdon

    Camp Instructor

  • Mona got her Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice at Saint Leo University but found a passion for teaching, so she changed careers. Currently, she teaches the gifted and talented and Ventur…  Read More »

  • Ruby Nunez

    Camp Instructor

  • Although her focus of study is in the sciences, Ruby Nunez has been involved with the debate community throughout her academic career. While in high school she participated with the Denver Urban Debat…  Read More »

  • Mike VanderLinden

    Camp Counselor

  • Mike van der Linden is a senior at Western Washington University in Bellingham where he is majoring in Business administration with a management concentration. He has spent the last two years as a m…  Read More »

Please note that 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 cancellation credit timetables. For more details please visit our Terms, Policies, and Conditions page.