Last year, Dayton Whites, director of Singing Hills, ran opening day with a four-month-old assistant. He and Rachel had their first baby with them, Daniel, strapped to dad’s chest.
“Moments before families arrive, I’m directing staff—‘Get this table set up over there. Get the music going over here,’” Dayton said. He dove into the work as well, actively helping build a pop-up tent, “and he’s hanging there with his arms and legs dangling.”
Throughout the preparation, staff reported in for their next task, pausing to tickle Danny’s feet or talk to him until he smiled. When parents began driving into “the Hills,” the staff showed just as much attention to every camper who ran up to them. This is why campers pledge #llycforever.
Nearly fifteen years ago, Dayton remembers being in their shoes on opening day. Staff wore shorts that said, “I dance like it’s my job because it is.”