We're committed to enriching student's lives, today and every day.

Our robust online learning experiences have been extended right now and throughout the summer. We're committed to adapting to provide programming that can get your students on the road to success today.

Villanova University, PA

Villanova, 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.

Whether you're looking to immerse yourself in history or enjoy local arts and culture, can you can find both near Villanova University. Villanova's 260-acre campus is situated 12 miles west of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is home to numerous historical sites, a vibrant arts and culture scene and more!

Dorms: In the past years, our campers were housed in Delurey Hall. It is adjacent to the Center for Engineering Education & Research and across from the classrooms in Tolentine Hall. There is ample field space and recreational facilities for our campers to use for team building activities and to let out some energy. Villanova's traditional campus setting and historic buildings make for a wonderful location for our summer debate camps.
Dining: All of our on campus meals will be held at Dougherty Dining Hall, which features a wide variety of hot entrees prepared by their Executive Chefs, including vegan and vegetarian choices daily. Each meal is served buffet style and features a very long salad bar, with 96 feet of the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables.

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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

  • Stan Banks

    Camp Director

  • Stan Banks is committed to giving back to the debate community that provided him with a transformational experience as a student. He believes debate doesn't just teach valuable communication and a…  Read More »

  • Ryley Hartwig

    Camp Instructor

  • Ryley Hartwig is finishing his second year at Florida State University, majoring in Political Science. When in high school, Ryley competed for American Heritage School for 3 years in Public Forum Deba…  Read More »

  • Krista Lang

    Camp Instructor

  • Krista Lang is a high school English II teacher in Orlando, FL, where she strives to find ways for her students to create real life connections to the classroom, to build meaningful relationships, and…  Read More »

  • Colette Dorsey

    Camp Instructor

  • Colette Dorsey lives in Aberdeen, Maryland. She is proud to be involved in secondary education for 28 years. Colette sponsors the Speech and Debate Club at Patterson Mill High School. She also spends …  Read More »

  • Mackenzie Jackson

    Camp Counselor

  • Mackenzie Jackson has been apart of the West Orange High School debate team for 3 years, serving as Public Forum Captain while competing in Public Forum debate. She has reached quarter finals in the F…  Read More »

  • Josie Banks

    Camp Counselor

  • Though Josie Banks competed in Public Forum Debate, her background is primarily on the public speaking side of the activity. She participated in multiple Modern Woodman Speech contests throughout her …  Read More »

  • Antwon Haynes

    Camp Counselor

  • Antwon Haynes started debate his sophomore year and has been a part of the West Orange Debate team for 3 years, serving as Debate Vice President. Antwon attended national travel tournaments such as Fl…  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.