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 is now called 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 5, and Mara, age 3. They live up at camp all summer, too.
Hi my name is Sydney Aeschliman and this will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake. I am a business student at the University of Northern Colorado, Sko Bears! I grew up in Minnesota but moved to Colorado two years ago for the outdoor experiences. Camp is full of those, so I know I’ll be having as much fun as the kids! I love to hike and travel. I have worked with kids my whole life and am currently a math tutor at a local high school. I can’t wait for an awesome summer at Camp Granite Lake!
My name is Annabel Agras and I am currently a sophomore at Montana State University! I attended Mountain Day Camp which has now evolved into Camp Granite Lake and loved every summer! My hobbies include, camping, kayaking, playing soccer and pretty much doing anything outdoors! I have three sisters, one older and two younger and absolutely love all kids! I am so stoked for my second summer as a Camp Granite Lake Counselor!
Hi, my name is James Bach I am so excited to be coming back for my 3rd summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a Colorado native born and raised in Denver. I am a 3rd year Accounting major at the University of Denver, GO PIOS!! In my free time I enjoy skiing, golfing, and watching sports. I am so excited for another amazing summer at Camp Granite Lake.
My name is Allie Baker and I am currently studying Psychology and Anthropology at University of Colorado Boulder. I love traveling, hiking, arts and crafts, and hanging with kids! I have lived in Colorado my whole life and am so excited to spend the summer in the mountains with Camp Granite Lake!
Hello, my name is Abbie and I am ecstatic about returning to Camp Granite Lake for my second summer! I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and German from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in May, 2017. In my free time, I enjoy playing board games, being outside and creating music with others. I spend most of my days in a canoe at camp and can’t wait to get reacquainted with the lake, campers and employees. See you this summer!
Hello there! My name is Maria Ceval. I was born in Mexico City however I spent my childhood in a small city located in the north named Tampico. Currently I am in my first year of college in the University Anáhuac Xalapa where I am majoring in Entertainment Business Management. I really enjoy doing outdoors activities and spending time in the nature. My hobbies include sports (like soccer and tennis), reading, doing some cross stitch, playing video games and telling terrible puns. I am looking forward for the summer to start and being a part of the creation of new memories for the campers and the community of Camp Granite Lake.
Currently on the road to graduating from college with a bachelors degree in Outdoor Recreation. In my free time I enjoy hiking along the Mississippi River with my camera on one side, and my dog on the other. This will be my second year at Camp Granite Lake! I can’t wait to take part in all the amazing programs like Archery, along with the even more amazing campers this summer.
Hi my name is Dalton Earl and I’m from Louisiana. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Information Technology. I love listening to albums and watching old movies. The thing I’m most excited for this summer is to meet new people and get outdoors!
Hey, I’m Allan Eason and I’m so excited to be returning to beautiful Camp Granite Lake for my third summer in a row! I grew up in the Atlanta area and am currently working on a political science degree at the University of Georgia. When I’m not studying or working, you can find me hiking, using my season pass to the Georgia Aquarium, or kayaking the many rapids of the South. I’m looking forward to renewing friendships from years past and forming new ones, and I can’t wait to get out to the Rockies and create yet another summer to remember for everyone in the CGL family.
Hey Y’all. My name is Haley Ginkens. I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas and moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend DePaul University and study Environmental Science. I love being active from taking a nice run outside to playing a friendly game of volleyball. Not only do I love the outdoors but I also enjoy a good Harry Potter marathon. This is my first year at camp Granite Lake and I can’t wait to start new adventures along with the campers.
Josh Grant is a crazy, caring, adventurous sort of chap. Once an actor, he now works with kids and teens in the school and church environments and is the bestselling author of two novels. He’s had numerous crazy adventures like surviving a flash flood, sailing the ocean blue, and has run in close with several bears (not all at once), but he really just enjoys spending time with people laughing and growing together. Josh can’t wait to continue his rule over the land of forts, having some good laughs with the wonderful campers, acting in a skit or two, and tag teaming with the best counselors this side of the Mississippi.
Hello! I’m Mae Hardie and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a 2nd year student at the University of Iowa studying Occupational Therapy. One of my favorite traditions here on campus is waving to our pediatric patients at the Stead Family Hospital during home football games. It’s the simple things in life that make all the difference, which is why I love the opportunity to be a camp counselor so I can raise a smile every single day. Some of my other interests are sailing, swimming, camping, and hiking. I look forward to an amazing 8 weeks filled with love, joy, and laughter!
Jen Kling: by winter, a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 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 4, her husband Patrick, and her dog Knight (all of whom are likely superheros, but some of whom are not so disguised). She can’t wait to get back to camp this summer!
My name is Burke Haywood and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a first year at the University of Virginia studying Civil and Environmental Engineering. I spend a great deal of my free time at school participating in and leading trips with the outdoors club. I enjoy reading, running, hiking, and rock climbing. Spending time amidst the beauties of nature and surrounding myself with fun, positive, and loving people have always been at the top of my list of priorities. I can’t wait to do both of those things at Camp Granite Lake this summer!
Hi! My name is Carsen Kurth and I am so stoked to be spending my first summer in the beautiful state of Colorado. One thing you should all know is that I am currently a sophomore at the University of Iowa pursuing a dream in Child Life. As much as I love cheering on the Hawkeyes during the weekends, I typically like to spend my time in a canoe, behind my camera, or on a scenic hike. Overall, I can’t wait to meet everyone as we all take part in this larger picture of making this the best summer for all of our wonderful campers. As I always like to say, “make today better than it was yesterday!”
Hi My name is Linnie and I am from Indianapolis, IN. I am a sophomore at Belmont university in Nashville, TN where I am majoring in Global Leadership studies with minors I Spanish and Environmental Science. During my free time I like to paint and volunteer at sports leagues for people with disabilities. I also love to go hiking, camping, and rock climbing with my friends. We take lots of weekend trips to the Smokey Mountains during the school year. Im super excited to spend my summer at Camp Granite Lake and visit Colorado for the first time!
Hi, my name is Anthony Levite and I’m currently a sophomore at CU Boulder studying psychology. I moved out here for the mountains and the outdoors and I am so excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I snowboard, hike, play hockey and have taught ice skating for 4 years and have loved every second and am looking forward to an amazing summer with amazing people!
Hi! My name is Isael López and this is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am currently studying accounting at the Benemerita Autonomous University of Puebla. I have many hobbies, but most of all I love playing soccer and talking about anything with my friends. I really enjoy cooking, it is one of my favorite pastimes thanks to my parents teaching me some dishes. Pizza is my favorite food to prepare and eat!
My name is Blake McClain and I am currently a student at University of Colorado Boulder! As a Colorado native, I love spending time with friends and family in the outdoors. From backpacking, rafting, and trail running to tossing a disc, stargazing, or watching the sunset, I continue to find passions in all aspects of nature. I cannot wait to spend my summer building genuine connections with people in the beautiful outdoors!
Hey! I’m a student at Eastern Florida State College pursuing a degree in education. I currently live in Melbourne, Florida and grew up in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. I have participated in boy scouts and other types of camps since I was 7 years old. I was a zipline guide on a conservation for the last 2 years and worked as a camp counselor last summer. I have been a lifeguard and played lots of sports, I like all outdoor activities and learning new things. This is my first year with Camp Granite Lake but I am very excited to get to meet everyone and have an awesome summer!
Hi! My name is Kimberly, and this is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I was born in Florida but have lived most of my life in central Georgia. I am currently studying biology at Georgia Southern University in Savannah and hope to one day be a conservation biologist. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, playing with my dogs, and just being outdoors are some of my favorite things, as well as playing piano occasionally and reading (Harry Potter is my all-time favorite). I’ve never been to Colorado, and I can’t wait to see what this summer has in store for me and my campers!
My name is Alissa and I’m from Gainesville, FL. I’m currently living in North Carolina studying Psychology as a sophomore at Wake Forest University. I love being outdoors, whether it be going on a run, playing literally any sport, or just reading a book. I can’t wait to have a great summer with new friends and campers, while enjoying all that Colorado has to offer!
Hi My name is Jairus Raston. I am looking forward to my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a traveling chef and have worked mostly on the West coast. I currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia. I am extremely excited and looking forward to camp this summer!
Hello, my name is Sam and I am currently studying Industrial Engineering
at Instituto Tecnologico de Puebla in Mexico. I like to go
hiking, fishing, playing sports outside and I love nature. I
am looking forward to summer because this is my first year at CGL. I
am so excited to make new friends and visit Colorado. Without doubt
this is going to be an unforgettable memory!
My name is Molly Simmons and I am currently a junior 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 back out to Colorado and have a great summer with the campers at Camp Granite Lake!
Camp Granite Lake, here we go! This will be my fourth summer in the beautiful Golden mountains. Originally from Florida, I’ve been calling Boulder my home since 2013. For the past year I’ve run non-emergent medical transport in the Denver Metro area. The desert, sunshine, and spicy foods are my jam. I’m absolutely ecstatic for another opportunity to bond over the passion for ropes and rock with everyone here at camp!
I have been a foodie for as long as I can remember. Traveling and living in many states from New York all the way down to Florida and as far up as Alaska. I’m a hard worker and a proud father. It’s going to be a blast preparing healthy and fun meals for all that will be attending camp this year and many years after.
Hi! I’m Andrew and I am stoked to return to camp for my fourth summer. I have recently graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois with a degree in Sport Management and Marketing. Post-graduation I have been working for a Youth Hockey Team and recently Minor League Baseball. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, including going hiking, golfing, and backpacking. I cannot wait to get back to Colorado and Camp to create new lasting memories with campers and counselors alike!
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 Denver, CO during the off season with their kids, Arlo and Eleanor, and dogs, Gehrig and Levon. He enjoys playing guitar, digging through record shops, rooting for the Broncos, and running in his free time.
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 Arvada, 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.