Tommy knew from an early age that camp was his life’s work! After many summers attending and then directing camps in Ohio, Wisconsin and Colorado, Tommy started Mountain Day Camp in 2005, which evolved into AO Camps, and is now Camp Granite Lake.
“The growth I experienced at camp influences everything I do in work and play. I wouldn’t be who I am, and I wouldn’t have my energetic and independent approach to life without it. Little did I know the influence camp was having on my life – I was just having fun!”
Tommy’s family is actively involved in life at camp. His wife, Ali, is a pediatrician. Their kids are: Joey, age 4, and Mara, age 2. They live up at camp all summer, too.
12 Years at Camp Granite Lake
My name is Annabel Agras and I am a currently a freshman at Montana State University. I attended Mountain Day Camp which has now evolved into Camp Granite Lake and loved each summer! My hobbies include backpacking, camping, and playing soccer. I have three sisters, one older and two younger and absolutely love all kids! I can’t wait to be a counselor at Camp Granite Lake!
I am 25 years old from the mountains of North Carolina. I am passionate about kids and health promotion. I have been a nurse for 3 years and spent 2 years in rural West Africa volunteering as a nurse. I love challenges and encouraging kids to find creative solutions to challenges they face.
Hey everyone! I’m Madeline and I can’t wait to spend my second summer at CGL! I’m a Georgia native and I just transferred to the University of Georgia where I am pursuing my degree in dietetics. Any spare moment I get, you can find me hiking in the Smokies or the foothills of the Appalachian Trail. I can’t wait to have another great summer at camp!
Hi my name is James , I am a students at Landmark College in Putney, VT where I am a business major. I am from Denver for fun I enjoy going for a swim or just being outside. I can’t wait for my first summer at CGL!
Hola from the East! I’m currently a student at SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York, where I study journalism and photography. When not in the mountains taking pictures, you can find me slacklining, rock climbing, skiing, hiking, or doing just about anything related to the outdoors! I’m super stoked to finally get out of the East Coast to have new experiences and create new friendships with staff and campers alike! I absolutely cannot wait to join the Camp Granite Lake staff and help create the best summer camp experience for the kids!
Erin is a Colorado native and is stoked to be back at Camp Granite Lake. She is currently studying biology education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. In her free time, you’ll find her hanging in a hammock, hiking, painting, or skiing. She can’t wait for another exciting summer full of new adventures!
I am currently finishing up my last semester at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and will be receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and German. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing music with friends and being outside. This is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I am excited to work in a positive environment with a plethora of new experiences ahead of me.
I’m a born and raised Missouri native and currently attend Southeast Missouri State University, studying Parks and Recreation. If I’m not volunteering or studying then I’m outside either cycling, hiking, taking photographs, or walking my dog, Lilly. This will be my first time living outside of Missouri and above 1,000 feet elevation. I’m excited for my first summer with Camp Granite Lake, and thrilled to share it with the campers.
My name is Tom Collins, and I am currently studying Marketing and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh. When I’m not in class I’m usually running, biking, or in the mountains. The Northeast has always been my home, and I’m excited to be headed to Colorado to experience what is out there! I’m eager to get to camp and experience an authentic and creative environment, and show campers how cool it is to be outside and engaged with the natural world.
Hey All! My name is Charisma Dozier and I am a Junior Film and Video student with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. In my free time I love to read comics (Spider-Man is my favorite !), draw, dance, and look at cute Corgis. I also love to walk and roam the streets of the city looking at the awesome murals, visiting museums, and going to the various parks. I am most excited about meeting the fantastic campers and counselors and creating some long lasting laughs, memories, and friendship.
Hey, I’m Allan Eason and I’m so excited to be returning to beautiful Camp Granite Lake for my second summer! I grew up in the Atlanta area and am currently working on a political science degree at the University of North Georgia. When I’m not studying or working, you can find me hiking, using my season pass to the Georgia Aquarium, or searching for the best burger in America. I’m looking forward to renewing friendships from last year and forming new ones, and I can’t wait to get out to the Rockies and create an unforgettable summer for everyone in the CGL family.
Hi, my name is Jacob! I`m currently a student at Earlham College where I am majoring in Environmental Studies. I love bringing people together and I feel like Camp Granite Lake is such a great space for kids to foster good social skills while also creating memorable experiences in a wonderful community. Among some of my general interests are Basketball, Frisbee, outdoor exploring, and traveling. I`m looking forward to this experience and want to help create amazing memories for this years group of campers!
I am stoked for my second summer at Camp. Come June, I’ll have recently graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Biology. I try to spend most of my time outside. For me, that means reading or playing guitar on my porch, hiking or biking on some forest trails, or longboarding around Chapel Hill. I love new experiences and new people. I love the mountains and the rolling hills, the flowers and the daffodils. I love camp!
My name is Natalie and I am currently a freshman at Bates College in Maine, where I am interested in studying Biology or Environmental Science. I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have been hiking, skiing, and backpacking in the Rocky Mountains for as long as I can remember. I love the outdoors, traveling, cooking, and dogs. This summer I’m looking forward to spending my time outside with great campers and counselors!
Zach can’t wait for his second summer with CGL. He is from California and recently graduated from Tulane University where he studied Marketing and Public Relations. He has worked at other camps as a counselor and as a photographer in the past and thinks nothing is more fun than going on outdoor adventures with campers! This summer, he returns as a Village Director.
Josh Grant is a crazy, caring, adventurous sort of chap. Growing up in Colorado, he has attended summer camp or worked with summer camps almost his entire life. Originally an actor, he quit the stage in 2006 and has been teaching elementary and middle school, and working with church youth groups ever since. Josh has survived a flash flood, faced down several bears, and has sailed the ocean blue, but for him truly nothing quite compares to getting a group of kids together and helping them learn and laugh and just have fun growing together. 2016 is going to be an amazing summer and Josh truly can’t wait to come back to Camp Granite Lake!
My name is Lily, and I am from Sydney, Australia! For university I decided to come back to California, where my parents are from. I’m currently a sophomore studying International Relations at UC Davis. In my free time I love getting outside for a hike, swimming in the ocean, and learning about photography. I also love to travel, and my favorite travel memory ever is white water rafting on the Soca River in Slovenia. It was simply exhilarating! This summer I’m looking forward to both spending my time in a screen-free environment and forming some great relationships with the campers!
I’m currently a student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I’m studying outdoor and community recreation, as this major combines my passion for the outdoors as well as my passion for helping people. I’m so excited to work with all the kids this summer, help them explore the beauty that Colorado has to offer, and build new friendships!
I’m Barry and I am excited to return to Camp Granite Lake for another incredible summer. I was born and raised in the Golden State, California and currently I reside by the beach in the greater San Diego area. I am working to attain my my BA in Political Science from Arizona State University. I enjoy spending as much time as I can outdoors whether that be hiking or simply laying around and enjoying the fresh air. I am ecstatic to be back in the candid, creative, fun, and, overall, memorable environment of Camp Granite Lake.
Jen Kling: by winter, a philosophy professor at Siena Heights University in Michigan, by summer, a Village Director at Camp Granite Lake! When not under cover of her philosophical alter-ego, Jen loves introducing campers to different camp activities, running awesome all-camp games, and listening to the great things that campers have to say. She is the Village Director for the Intermediate campers, and also manages the lakefront, due to a short stint as Aquaman’s understudy in her youth (Jen worked for a sailing camp in Indiana for several summers in high school and college). When not creating cool camp teambuilding challenges with the greatest of ease, Jen enjoys hanging out with her daughter Kaylee, age 3, her husband Patrick, and her dog Knight (all of whom are likely superhero’s, but some of whom are not so disguised). She can’t wait to get back to camp this summer!
Greetings! This will be my THIRD summer at my second home, Camp Granite Lake. Not only am I excited to be returning to CGL, I am looking forward to taking on the role as a Village Director this year! I am a Michigan native, however, I have spent this past year living in Boulder, CO, exploring and getting to know this beautiful, sunny state! In my free time I love to run, bike, hike, rock climb and do yoga. I am very excited to spend the summer with returning and new campers and staff alike!
Jake is ecstatic to become a part of the CGL team this summer! Jake received his. B.S. in Human Biology from SUNY Oneonta last year, and now lives and works in Colorado. College is where he played club soccer and really found his love for winter backpacking trips in the Adirondacks and canoe camping in the Everglades! When he isn’t working in Estes Park, he is playing sports with friends, traveling the East Coast, and pursuing his life-long dream of becoming a connoisseur of ice cream.
My name is Hope Long and I am a sophomore environmental studies major with an education concentration at Stockton University. When I am not in class you can find me hiking, gardening, hula hooping, or working at Stockton’s childcare learning center. I am traveling all the way from Hammonton, New Jersey, aka the blueberry capital of the world, in search of a summer full of adventure at Camp Granite Lake. I adore everything about the outdoors and look forward to spending my summer among the mountains and trees. I am especially excited about the friendships and memories to come!
I am an outdoor girl who grew up in Minnesota and now call Colorado my home! I love to hike, bike, camp, horseback ride, fish, play softball and above all cook! I am excited to work at camp and learn new things, and maybe teach a few things as well. Go Vikings!
I cannot wait to begin working this summer at CGL. I am currently pursuing my degree in Physical Education with my certification in K-12 at Montclair State University in NJ. My hobbies include slacklining, hiking, bouldering, and long boarding. I enjoy being active as much as possible. I have a passion for exploring and meeting new people throughout my journeys. In the past year I’ve traveled to Europe four times and it has been incredible each time. I am ready to share my passion and energy with everyone this summer!
Danny has enjoyed the outdoors nearly all of her life and has most of her summers in both overnight and day camps as a child. Two years ago, she became a counselor for a day camp in her community, and is excited to work with campers at CGL again this summer!
Danny is a student at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, studying to become a high school English Language Arts teacher
In her free time, Danny enjoys reading, running, both playing and watching baseball, bike riding, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Molly Simmons and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Public Relations! I’ve lived all over the South- Atlanta, Birmingham, Athens, and Topsail Island. When I’m not at school, you can find me kayaking, hiking, or reading a good book. I can’t wait to get out to Colorado and have a great summer with the campers at Camp Granite Lake!
I am so excited to return to camp and have another amazing summer! I am originally from Connecticut and study Math and Computer Science at UConn. After a long year of classes I can’t wait to be in a creative and supportive environment, making friendship bracelets once again. During my free time I love playing basketball, hiking, fishing, surfing, and being outside in general. It will be tough, but I’m ready to trade the beach for the mountains of Colorado!
My name is Andrew and I am an Illinois native currently attending North Central College, studying Sport Management and Marketing. I am very excited to be returning to camp for a second year! When I am not working or in school I love hiking, backpacking, and playing sports. I cannot wait to enjoy spending time in Colorado this summer!
My name is Baleigh Whitman, and I am excited to be returning to camp for my second summer! I just graduated from Texas State University-San Marcos with a degree in Elementary Education. I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy hiking, hammocking, and laughing. I can’t wait to be back this summer in the beautiful mountains of Colorado!
I could not be more thrilled to spend my summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a Georgia peach who group up in the small town of Jefferson, GA. I am currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education (K-5) at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. I absolutely love to do anything outdoors, and one of my favorite things to do is go hiking in the Smokies. I have spent every summer that I can remember attending summer camp, and I can’t wait to share my love for camp with the campers this year!
Tom has been working summers at Camp Granite Lake since 2011, and has been a part of the year-round team, first as Program Director, and now as Assistant Director since 2013. During the summer, you’ll frequently see Tom with a guitar in his hand leading one of his favorite camp songs, like ‘Sloopy’ or ‘Heart of Gold’. During the off season, Tom works with prospective and enrolled families, giving them tours of camp and visiting them for slideshows, as well as interviewing and hiring staff.
Tom and his wife, Jordan live in Boulder during the winter, and he enjoys playing guitar, digging through record shops, rooting for the Broncos, and running in his free time.
Angie’s love of the outdoors and the impact camp has on people both young and old makes her life at camp a dream come true! Raised on a farm in the Northwest and attending camp at a young age influenced her love for the outdoors and people. As hospitality director of Camp Granite Lake, her days are filled with a variety of activities; whether you find her in the kitchen overseeing today’s meals, in the parking lot directing traffic on check in day, or welcoming you to your first visit on the property, you will find her with a smile on her face and a warm hello and handshake.
“ I love seeing the smiles on campers’ faces as they encounter the new experiences that camp has to offer them; whether it’s a hike around the lake, songs being sung around an evening campfire or a plate stacked high with pancakes and bacon, there is no place as wonderful as camp!”
Angie, and her husband, Mike, moved to Colorado in 1998, they have been married for 27 years, raised 3 children and have 7 grandchildren.
Mike attended camp as a young man in the Pacific Northwest where he was raised. He has been involved in maintenance and repair of a variety of things for all of his adult life. From 8 years in the military as a mechanic to taking care of things around the house!
He has been the primary facility and equipment caretaker at the Camp Granite Lake property for 8 years. His favorite thing about camp is seeing the kids have a great time. He takes great satisfaction in knowing that the things he has built or repaired are being used and enjoyed by campers and staff as they go about their day.
Mike and his wife Angie have been married 27 years, have raised three children and have 7 grandchildren.