University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
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*Cost covers tuition, room, and board;Additionally, the cost excludes $75 charge assessed for safety regulations, local and federal governmental compliance. Please note that all program prices are subject to change without notice.

Group rates available for community, church, international and school groups. Contact us at (800) 450-5012 for more information.

Capitol Debate is pleased to bring our Debate and Public Speaking Camp to UPenn. The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League University located in Philadelphia. UPenn has the top ranked Business school in the United States, the Wharton School. "UPenn" as it is known, has produced two Presidents, over 20 billionaires, and a myriad of Fortune 500 CEOs. The University of Pennsylvania requires residential students to be entering high school in the fall of 2019. If your student will be a middle schooler in the fall after camp, they can participate as a commuter camper

Dorms: We are happy to announce that our campers will be housed in one of the UPenn highrises on campus. Students will reside in Harrison College House which is apartment style with a living room and private bathroom. Rooms are fully air-conditioned. Students will have access to Harrison’s Sky Lounge which has a kitchen and baby grand piano with amazing floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a breathtaking view of Penn’s campus and the Philadelphia skyline. Harrison College House also has Robinette Lounge which has pool tables, DVD/ video library and wide screen TV.

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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

  • Gail Nicholas

    Camp Director

  • Gail Nicholas has coached speech and debate for over 30 years at Bob Jones Academy where she teaches American Government. She is the longest serving National Speech and Debate Association district cha…  Read More »

  • Jonathan Savoy

    Camp Instructor

  • Jonathan Savoy got his start in competitive speech and debate while in high school and quickly built up experience in public speaking, mock trial, and a wide variety of other competition events, achie…  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 sixth grade science in Fouke, Arka…  Read More »

  • Jas Rigdon

    Camp Counselor

  • Jasmine Rigdon debated in the Texas UIL policy debate league for one year and was an octo-finalist at the state level and district winner in Informative Speaking. She holds other tournament level awar…  Read More »

  • Dan Wadley

    Assistant Camp Director

  • Dan Wadley has been teaching Biblical Ethics at The McCallie School for the past thirteen years. He has a total of 39 years teaching at two different schools. During his current time at McCallie, he h…  Read More »

  • Kendall Reid

    Camp Facilitator

  • Kendall Reid graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior. She has a passion for helping children and teenagers grow and become the bes…  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.