Introduction to Competitive Speech and Debate (ICSD)

For students entering grades 6-9 as of this Fall. This program is recommended for students hoping to pursue competitive debate in middle school or high school. In the morning, students will focus on general skills for competitive speech, including delivery, body language, original speech writing, blocking interpretive speeches, and spontaneous speaking. In the afternoon, students will develop general skills for competitive debate including as research and evidence compilation, case writing, flowing (note-taking), organization and logical argumentation, cross-examination, and basic strategy.

Students will get a brief introductions to the competitive events sponsored by the California High School Speech Association. This course will set a foundation for the Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate course (students are encouraged but not required to couple this week with Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate.)


June 19-23 OR June 26-30


  • Speech: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Debate: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On Friday, students will engage in a tournament both as competitors themselves and as judges for the concurrent IPSA camp.




Early Bird (until May 1): $50 discount
ICSD + ACSD series: $100 discount from combined price
Sibling discount: $50
(Discounts are stackable)

50% of open slots are scholarship slots – students with need can apply.

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