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2020 Programs

Introduction to Public Speaking & Argumentation (IPSA; entering grades 3-9 as of Fall 2020)
This program is geared towards first-time speech and debaters. Coaches will teach students about the basics of public speaking and argumentation.

Introduction to Competitive Speech and Debate (ICSD; entering grades 6-9 as of Fall 2020)
This program is recommended for students hoping to pursue competitive debate in middle school or high school. 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.)

Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate (ACSD; entering grades 6-9 as of Fall 2020)
This program is for students who have finished the first week of the MVLA S&D Camp or for students who have substantial prior experience in competitive speech and debate.

Internal Camp (entering grades 9-12 as of Fall 2020)

This program is for students who have already spent one or more years competing with a Youth Forensic League Program or with the high school team. 

Location

Los Altos High School, Rooms TBD

Payment

You will get an email confirmation when your payment is received, which holds your student's place in the camp. If you want to add a lunch option, please add $50 per week to your tuition payment. Full or partial refunds can be made up June 1. 

MVLASD is committed to providing access to quality forensics education to all students, regardless of financial status. For scholarship availability, please contact the Head Coach.

Checks/Money Orders

Please address checks to "MVLA Speech and Debate Boosters". Mail checks to 1111 River St Apt 3, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.

Online Pay

We are able to accept PayPal (click). When paying online, please remember to enter your student's name in the information box.

Waivers & Releases

YOU MUST FILL OUT THE FOLLOWING FORMS (submittable via registration form)

Emergency Form



Release Form

Please contact the MVLA Speech and Debate Head Coach at  with any questions.

IPSA

Introduction to Public Speaking & Argumentation (IPSA)

For students entering grades 3-9 as of Fall 2020. This program is geared towards first-time speech and debaters. Coaches will teach students about the basics of public speaking and argumentation. Students will work on writing original speeches, interpreting the work of others, and delivery skills. They will also practice structuring arguments and making logical links between claims. The morning will be focused on speech while the afternoons will focus on debate. Culminates in a mini-tournament on Friday. 

Dates

June 15-19 OR July 20-24

General timetable

On Friday, we will hold a miniature tournament, where students can practice the skills they have learned throughout the week!

Note: Snacks and water will be available throughout the day. If you would like a camp-provided lunch, please add $50 per week of camp to your tuition payment

Cost

Holiday Discount (until Jan 10): $225

Early Bird (until Mar 1): $325

Regular: $400

Late Entry: $450

Walk-On: $500

ICSD

Introduction to Competitive Speech and Debate (ICSD)

For students entering grades 6-9 as of Fall 2020. 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 also 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.)

Dates

June 15-19

General timetable

On Friday, students will help judge the concurrent IPSA tournament.

Note: Snacks and water will be available throughout the day. If you would like a camp-provided lunch, please add $50 per week of camp to your tuition payment

Cost

Single-Week

Holiday Discount (until Jan 10): $225

Early Bird (until Mar 1): $325

Regular: $400

Late Entry: $450

Walk-On: $500

ICSD/ACSD 2-week Bundle

Holiday Discount (until Jan 10): $400

Early Bird (until Mar 1): $600

Regular: $750

Late Entry: $850

Walk-On: $950

ACSD

Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate (ACSD) 

For students entering grades 6-9 as of Fall 2020. This program is for students who have finished the first week of the MVLA S&D Camp or for students who have substantial prior experience in competitive speech and debate. Week 2 will take students on a deep dive into one or two competitive events and develop more specific skills. We offer courses in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Public Forum Debate, Interpretation Speech, Original Prepared Speech, and Spontaneous Speech. We will use NSDA preliminary topic lists for 2020-2021 for Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. (Students with substantial prior experience do not need to attend Intro to Competitive Speech and Debate.)

Dates

June 22-26

General timetable

On Friday, we will hold a miniature tournament, where students can practice the skills they have learned throughout the week!

Note: Snacks and water will be available throughout the day. If you would like a camp-provided lunch, please add $50 per week of camp to your tuition payment

Cost

Single-Week

Holiday Discount (until Jan 10): $225

Early Bird (until Mar 1): $325

Regular: $400

Late Entry: $450

Walk-On: $500

ICSD/ACSD 2-week Bundle

Holiday Discount (until Jan 10): $400

Early Bird (until Mar 1): $600

Regular: $750

Late Entry: $850

Walk-On: $950

Internal Camp

Internal Camp

For students entering grades 9-12 as of Fall 2020. This program is for students who have already spent one or more years competing with a Youth Forensic League Program or with the high school team. We will prepare for the 2020-2021 NSDA topics in Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas, help students write their Interpretation and/or Original Speeches for the competitive season, and hone other event-specific skills needed for success. This program will be taught by adult instructors and is reserved for MVLA students.

Dates

July 13-17

Note: Snacks and water will be available throughout the day. If you would like a camp-provided lunch, please add $50 per week of camp to your tuition payment

Seminars

TBD

Cost

Early Bird (until Mar 1): $350

Regular: $450

Late Entry: $500

Walk-On: $600