Mahatma Gandhi famously remarked, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." There is no skill more important to achieving this goal than public speaking. In this camp, you'll undergo extensive training in communication techniques and strategies. Topics include speaking to large groups, giving informative briefings, managing speech anxiety, making a pitch, leading a group, using digital media effectively, and more! At the center of this camp is your work in groups to develop and execute a communication campaign about an issue of your choice. Professionals in the field of strategic communication will evaluate your campaign. Whether your audience is your classmates, your neighborhood, your state, or beyond, the skills developed at this camp will allow you to make a difference and "be the change"! Open to students ages 13-17. 

Course Number:


Course Date Info:

Dates TBA
Day and Overnight Camp Options Available
Extended care available until 5:30pm 

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

This camp meets each day at the Georgia Center. Class sessions may take place in the Georgia Center or in another campus building, and students will travel around campus by foot or bus for specific activities and in university vehicles for off-campus field trips. More detailed information will available closer to the camp start date. 


Day Camp - $360

  • Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $760

Partial financial assistance may be available for students who need it. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at


Dr. Bjørn F. Stillion Southard is a lecturer in the Communication Studies department at the University of Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in rhetoric and political culture at the University of Maryland. Dr. Stillion Southard taught undergraduate courses and worked with collegiate speech and debate teams in Indiana and Oregon before joining the UGA faculty in 2011. During his career, Dr. Stillion Southard has explored the history of public argument in America; his work can be seen in Rhetoric & Public Affairs and Argumentation & Advocacy, and elsewhere.  Dr. Stillion Southard has also served as a consultant for the International Debate Education Association and has worked in many debate outreach programs. This is Dr. Stillion Southard’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.