Empowering Camp Conversations: Mastering "Difficult" Dialogues



Chanika Perry and Lance Ozier

Core Competency

Importance of DEI
Family & Community

Type of Course

Recorded Webinar


$40 Member; $80 Nonmember



This is a webinar designed to equip summer camp staff with essential skills for navigating challenging interactions. Participants delve into effective communication strategies, conflict resolution techniques, and active listening methods tailored for camp environments. Expert facilitators provide practical tools to defuse tension, foster empathy, and promote constructive dialogue, ensuring staff feel confident in addressing sensitive topics with campers, colleagues, and parents. In this webinar attendees gain valuable insights, ultimately enhancing their ability to create inclusive, nurturing camp environments.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Enhanced Communication Skills: Participants will develop a deeper understanding of effective communication strategies tailored for camp environments, enabling them to navigate challenging interactions with clarity and confidence.
  • Increased Confidence in Addressing Sensitive Topics: By mastering ‘difficult’ dialogues, staff members will feel empowered to address sensitive topics such as diversity, inclusion, and mental health, fostering a supportive and inclusive camp environment for all.
  • Creation of Inclusive and Nurturing Camp Environments: Equipped with valuable insights and practical strategies, attendees will be equipped to create camp environments where every camper feels valued, supported, and included, fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment among all participants.

Presenter Bios:

Chanika Perry

Dr. Chanika Perry: Chanika currently serves as Director of Education Programs at Hands On Atlanta, an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a school board member at the International Community School in Decatur, GA. Raised on a dirt road in rural Georgia, she now lives in Atlanta after calling New York City home for 11 years. She has been in the fields of youth development and education for over 20 years, with most of those years spent in New York City and Atlanta.

Lance Ozier

Dr. Lance Ozier: Lance has been on the faculty of The City University of New York since 2009, having also taught courses at Teachers College, Columbia University. Born and raised on a Georgia farm, he now lives in New York, and has taught and worked in Atlanta and NYC classrooms for over 20 years. Lance also spent 15 seasons in the Catskill Mountains at Morry’s Camp, and serves on the American Camp Association’s research advisory committee.

Regular Rates

  • Single person access — Price: $40 Member; $80 Nonmember
  • Purchase access for multiple persons — Please contact us to purchase access for more than one person. 
    • Your staff will self-enroll into the course with an enrollment key we provide. 
    • Your staff may complete the program at their convenience.