May 23, 2019
Last but Certainly Not Least… Senior Staff Bio #4 Will Crawford
College, Major, What I want to be: I am entering my senior year at Princeton University studying history. I want to be a lawyer when I grow up. Years at Laney: This will be my fourteenth summer at Camp Laney. I spent seven summers as a camper, two as a W.C.I.T., and this is my fifth summer on staff. Favorite Laney Meal: My favorite Laney meal is biscuits, gravy, and sausage. It’s the most important meal of the day! Favorite Camp Memory: Some of my favorite camp memories are of my many (at least twelve by my count) trips to the Nanta-fun-hala River for trip day. It’s always fun and rewarding to see campers do whitewater rafting for the first time. Often the campers who are most anxious about going down the river rapids are the ones who come out the other side loving it the most, and proud of themselves for overcoming their fears. What Laney means to me: Camp Laney has been a part of my life for so many years and has taught me many of the lessons I draw on still. My friends and experiences at camp taught me how to get along with other people, how to learn from my peers, and the beauty of the outdoors. Maybe the most important lesson I’ve learned from all those summers on the mountain has as much to do with Laney’s unique culture as it does with being outdoors and the specific programming we offer. The culture that Rob, Whitney, Logan, and the rest of the staff work hard to create and maintain encourages us all––campers and staff alike––to make the important things in life a priority while still having the humility to recognize we need others to help us along the way. It’s a hard balance to strike. But we push the campers to be competitive as best they can, to strive beyond what they think they’re capable of, and to be leaders among their friends all while fostering an environment in which effort, magnanimity, and forgiveness are paramount.
Full-Time Associate Director
Whitney has been on staff full-time since 1994. He started coming to camp in 1977 and has never missed a summer. He and his wife Rita live in Mentone, Alabama year round.