University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

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

The University of Michigan is a top tier Public University located in Ann Arbor. It is ranked #27 overall and #4 among Public Universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. It boasts a stellar reputation as a research university in a number of disciplines, with an emphasis on STEM subjects.

Dorms: Our Business Communications program will be hosted in some of the most beautiful facilities made available to us by the University of Michigan. Residents will be housed in Mosher-Jordan Hall throughout our 13 day program. Mosher-Jordan Hall features gothic revival architectural style combined with many modern amenities and was recently renovated.
Dining The Hill Dining Center is conveniently located in Mosher-Jordan and has a wide array of hot entrees, salad options, and refreshments. The dining hall staff members are more than willing to 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

  • Ryan Rigda

    Camp Director

  • Dr. Ryan Rigda has been with Capitol Debate for 4 years working as a Camp Director and Instructor. He currently works as a Lecturer of Communication at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. In …  Read More »

  • David Dejesa

    Camp Life and Wellness Coordinator

  • David Dejesa is the advisor and debate coach of record for the Riverside Speech and Debate Team in Greer, SC. He has twice served as the South Carolina Speech Coaches' Association President and is…  Read More »

  • Carrie Murawski

    Camp Instructor

  • Carrie received her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and has been teaching communication classes, including Public Speaking and Argumentation & Debate, for more than 6 years. She has won three teaching a…  Read More »

  • Collin Frazey

    Camp Counselor

  • Collin is the Public Forum captain on the Corona del Sol High School debate team, where he founded the PFD program his freshman year. Over the course of his career, he has been an active competitor on…  Read More »

  • Mit Patel

    Camp Counselor

  • Mit Patel is from Greenville, South Carolina and was co-captain of Riverside's speech and debate team. He currently is a Health Science major at University of South Florida, Saint Petersburg. He h…  Read More »

  • Julia Murray

    Camp Counselor

  • Julia Murray is a student at Purdue University studying clinical psychology. She was co-captain of the Riverside Speech and Debate team in Greer, SC. During her career, she was a finalist in Lincoln-D…  Read More »

  • John Gibson

    Camp Facilitator

  • John Gibson joined Capitol Debate in 2016 as a Talent Acquisition & HR Associate. He is now the manager of the Human Resources department. He is passionate about working with people and for people- he…  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.