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.
13th Years at Camp Granite Lake
My name is Caroline and I am so stoked for my second year at camp! I live in Denver and go to Regis University and am studying nursing. I love being up at camp because it gives everyone the opportunity to be with nature and make new friends! Catch me in the kitchen whipping up pizza or washing dishes!
My name is Quin and this will be my second year at camp. I also live nearby and am very familiar with the outdoors in this area! I will be doing maintenance and general work around the camp until I head back up to Fort Collins where I study Business Administration at Colorado State University
I’m back and ready for another summer at Camp Granite Lake! I’m a full time school nurse with the summer off to enjoy the Rocky Mountains. I look forward to another great year of taking care of campers and staff alike.
Hey y’all, I’m Megan! I currently live in Dallas, Texas and I graduated from college at the Culinary Institute LeNotre in Houston. I work right now as a pastry chef in downtown Dallas and absolutely love cooking all types of food. When I’m not in the kitchen, I love camping, hanging out with my girlfriend, floating the river and listening to my old record player. I’m excited to meet new people and can’t wait to cook up some scrumptious food!
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file gumbo. Hey ya’ll, my name is Omari. Im coming to you from south Louisiana. I’m a graduate of Baton Rouge Community College in culinary arts. When I’m not cooking, I enjoy going on road trips, the beach, hanging out with friends and family, watching my favorite TV shows and playing and watching my favorite sports. I’m extremely excited for my first camp experience and I will definitely bring some wonderful flavors and amazing food. See ya’ll soon and as we say here in Louisiana, ” Laissez le bon temps rouler”.
My name is Annalee and I am a psychology major at the University of Kentucky! You can usually find me somewhere outside either hiking, reading, listening to music, or playing with dogs. I’m excited for a summer full of hard working people and an amazing atmosphere!
Sven is an upcoming sophomore at Earlham College in Richmond Indiana majoring in Biochemistry. In his spare time, he loves to go on hikes in the woods as well as playing guitar and cooking food! Sven is very excited to work for Granite Lake and get to know campers inside and outside of the kitchen!
I am currently studying nursing at Carroll University in Wisconsin. I really love traveling and being outside. I’m excited for camp because of all the new people I’ll meet!
I’m Kippie from Amherst, Massachusetts. I’ve just spent the last year traveling abroad (mostly in Asia and Latin America), so I’m super excited to settle in Colorado for the summer and explore the west! Wherever I am you can find me hiking, surfing, running, reading, playing any sport or doing any other outdoor activity. I can’t wait to have an awesome summer at CGL!
My name is Kim Weber and I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I went to school for 4 years at Ball State University in Indiana and am gradating in May with a degree in Psychology. I enjoy being active, doing gymnastics, yoga and all sorts of sports. I am excited to meet new people as well as playing and working with children of all ages. I can’t wait to begin a new chapter in my life in Colorado!
I’m excited to be back at Camp Granite Lake for another summer! When I’m not up at camp, I can be found playing outside somewhere, reading, or running my garden and food preservation business, Soe Harvest. See you this summer!
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’m currently a first year at the University of Virginia looking to pursue Psychology and Education. When I can find some free time, I love to hike, climb, kayak, and play sports! You can also likely find me in my hammock with a book or a sketchpad. I am always down for an adventure and can’t wait to share some fun adventures with the campers!
James is really excited to be coming back to Camp Granite Lake for a second amazing summer. James is a Colorado Native, and currently he is in the presses of transforming to pressure accounting. When not in school he enjoys playing and watching sports or being outside. James is excited to be back in Colorado and for another amazing year of camp.
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!
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.
Hey everyone! This will be my third summer at Camp Granite Lake and second as the Senior Village Director. I’ve spent the past school year working for the Boulder Valley School District and have even run in to a few of our campers along the way. I can’t wait to spend another summer working with our incredible staff of counselors and the amazing senior village campers! I am looking forward to more campfire pizzas, incredible Embers ceremonies an of course some Dungeons and Dragons. I’m looking forward to meeting all of our new campers and seeing some returning faces. It is going to be another incredible summer!
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.
I am beyond excited to return to camp for a second summer! I am currently entering my junior year at Earlham College where I will be majoring in Peace and Global studies. Some of my favorite past times include traveling, outdoor exploring (hiking, backpacking canoeing etc.), as well as ultimate frisbee, basketball, beach soccer, and art of any kind. My favorite part about camp is its increased emphasis on comfort for both the campers and the counselors. This allows for an environment that gives everybody the opportunity to thrive in their own unique ways. It is to my belief that camp is a place which breeds dynamic individuals and facilitating this process for another summer is something I greatly look forward to!
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!
Jake is returning for his third summer at CGL this June. He hails from Upstate New York and loves everything outdoors! Jake recently graduated from SUNY Oneonta where he studied Human Biology. College is where he solidified his passion for backpacking in mountains, winter camping, and making annual trips south to go canoe camping when he needed to find a little sunshine. Jake’s favorite fruit are grapes because he loves to see how many he can consecutively throw in the air and catch in his mouth. When Jake has down time, he likes to travel and take long road trips. His dream is to make it to Vermont to visit the Ben and Jerry’s factory to he can try to eat a Vermonster all by him self.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Hello! My name is Elissa and I’m very excited to start my 1st year as a camp counselor at Camp Granite Lake. I’m currently attending the University of Kentucky and majoring in elementary education. I love traveling, hiking, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be outside and having fun all summer with all of our future campers!
Hi! My name is Mia and I’m from Kansas City. I’m currently a freshman studying Human Physiology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. In my free time you can either find me skiing, hiking, or cheering on the basketball team (Go Zags!). I’m looking forward to having a memorable summer and meeting new people!
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!
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 Broomfield, CO 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.
My name is Nick Rapp and I am from Louisville, Colorado! I grew up in Mountain View, California, but moved to Colorado right before high school and have been in love with it ever since. I am currently a first-year student at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and will most likely major in Environmental Studies–Politics. In my free time, I like to climb, hike, ski, camp, and get outside whenever possible. This summer, I look forward to joining an amazing community and meeting lots of new people at Camp Granite Lake!
I am SO EXCITED to be back at Camp Granite Lake for my third summer! Last May, I graduated from Bowling Green State University, and I teach high school English Language Arts in Ohio during the school year. In my spare time, I love to read (obviously), and I also love to hike and bike when the weather is good enough. Camp is one of my favorite places on Earth, and I’m excited to be working with great people and amazing campers: this summer is going to be great!
Hello everyone! My name is Justin and I’m a student currently enrolled at Auburn University. I’m studying to become a Biochemical Engineer and I’m loving every second of it. I enjoy almost anything outdoors and especially hiking and rock climbing when I have free time, as well as play soccer with my friends. I am super excited to interact with campers this summer and spend time in the beautiful mountains!
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 currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an elementary education major and a minor in Spanish. Outside of class, I work at a elementary school as a program assistant and teach jazz and ballet. I enjoy reading good books, long walks with friends, and playing cards with my family. I am most excited about getting to know all of you and enjoying the summer outdoors.
Phoebe is currently finishing up a degree in Anthropology, International Development, and Geography at McGill University in Montreal, QC. She loves all things outdoors, especially backpacking, hiking, running, and surfing. An avid member of the McGill Outdoors Club, she is a hiking coordinator for the outdoor orientation program for incoming freshman. A lifelong camper and outdoors enthusiast, Phoebe is stoked to be returning for another fantastic summer as a cabin counselor/backpacking leader at CGL. She can’t wait to trade the sludge of Canadian “spring” for the fresh air of the Colorado Rockies!
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!
Colby is from Lexington, Massachusetts and currently attends the University of Vermont as a sophomore! He loves rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and photography. Colby has never been to Colorado before, and is SUPER excited to spend the summer there. He is most excited to teach campers how to rock climb and show them something he is so passionate about!
Krista has been working in summer camp since she was seventeen years old. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management. She has held many roles at camp including Pilates Instructor, Barn Director, Adventure Staff, Registrar, Program Manager and more. She loves singing songs, putting on costumes, and using her imagination. She recently moved to Boulder, Colorado with her husband Phil, whom she met at camp, and her dog Miles. She is looking forward to sharing her favorite songs and games with Camp Granite Lake campers this summer.