Palo Alto Speech and Debate Camp


PASDC is a summer camp that can guarantee both a fun and educational summer experience for children ages 10 through 16. We are taught by kind, caring, and professional members of the nationally ranked Palo Alto High School Speech and Debate team who have all debated at a high school level and are eager to share their skills with campers.

Why us?

According to the Wall Street Journal, public speaking is the number one fear in America.

Speech and Debate can help students overcome these fears, and can allow those who believe they are confident speakers to improve their argumentation and public speaking abilities. Speech and Debate teaches valuable life skills that are needed to succeed in high school and beyond.

Here are some specific skills that Speech and Debate can teach your student:

  • Public speaking
  • Leadership
  • Research and argumentation skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Expository writing
  • Persuasion and diplomacy
  • Speech and Debate creates well-rounded students who can think and communicate clearly.


Our classes have a tested and successful curriculum geared towards Lincoln-Douglas debate so campers finish ready to compete next year.


Kai Vetteth and Pooja Akella
Camp Directors