Building Healthy Relationships with Parents: What Every Camp Needs to Know

Today’s parents are supportive and dedicated to their children, but they are also the most anxious and controlling parents in American history. Successful camps have strategies in place for effectively managing parents’ needs and expectations, but what strategies are most effective? This webinar provides evidence-based approaches for managing today’s (over)parents based on what’s working in the camp industry, as well as tips for positive parent interaction.

In this session participants will learn:

  1. Causes of parent anxiety and overparenting.
  2. Research-based strategies for addressing parents’ needs and expectations.
  3. Tips for building positive parent relationships.
Barry A. Garst, Ph.D.


ACA Members $35, Non-members $70

Presenter Bio(s)

Barry A. Garst, Ph.D.  is an Associate Professor of youth development leadership at Clemson University.  Prior to joining Clemson’s faculty in 2014, Dr. Garst served as the director of program development and research application with the American Camp Association (ACA), where he provided leadership for strategic educational partnerships as well as a variety of research and education projects. Prior to his work with ACA, Dr. Garst was an assistant professor and extension specialist in youth development at Virginia Tech and the director of a residential camp and conference center. His current interests include the career-development impacts of camp experiences, the influence of overparenting on youth development outcomes, and organizational capacity-building for effective program evaluation. Learn more at