This year, they became parents to Danny Whites, a third-generation camper-to-be.
“You’re not a parent when you’re a counselor, but you can kinda see parenthood if you squint,” Dayton says. He and Rachel can already picture Danny as a camper—running around the cabins, jumping in the river, singing at Roundup, making friends with campers and counselors alike.
One day, years from now, Danny might even fall in love with someone at camp.
“When you live out here in close proximity with people who have such a strong common purpose, it’s bound to happen,” he says. He sees those couples differently than he used to. They’re not camp gossip for him as they are for many campers and summer staff. They’re people falling in love, and maybe starting their own Canyon love story just like his.
“When you see what this place has done for so many people and their relationships, how can you not cheer for them?”