This two-week session takes place from August 6th to August 19th at UCLA. It is open to Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debaters entering grades 6 through 12 in Fall 2016 and is suitable for debaters of all experience levels, circuits, and competitive ambitions. The session focuses on the September/October resolutions announced on August 7th, so it is especially useful for debaters who want to use camp to get a head start on the competitive season.

University of california los angeles

Located right off of the famous Sunset Boulevard between Bel Air and Westwood, UCLA offers students the best of Southern California on one of the most beautiful and comfortable campuses around. Business Insider says that UCLA has the 5th best college food in the country. At UCLA student have a chance to learn while staying at one of the country’s best colleges. US News and World Report has UCLA ranked as the #8 university in in the world and the 2nd best public college in the United States. 


Students and staff will stay in Sunset Village.  Nearly all students will share a room with one or two other campers. Roommate request forms will be sent out in the spring after students have registered. 

VBI tuition covers lunch and dinner for students in UCLA's Covel Commons dining facility. A complimentary continental-style breakfast will be available to students each morning at the VBI concessions stand.

VBI staff and students pose outside of dorms at UCLA in 2013

VBI staff and students pose outside of dorms at UCLA in 2013


Students arriving by plane should plane to land no later than 3 PM on August 6th and students arriving by car must be on campus by 4 PM. We recommend trying to arrive as early as possible. All students must be off campus by 12 PM on August 19th. 

VBI will provide transportation by hired shuttle to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to students arriving and departing within the designated travel window. Students will greeted be greeted at baggage claim by staff wearing VBI t-shirts and holding signs. The airport transportation fee is $100.

Students who attend both LA sessions will be provided transportation from LMU to UCLA, and will stay at UCLA the night of August 5th.