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.
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!
My name is Allie Rueger and I reside in Wisconsin. I currently work in a high school and also coach volleyball. I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in Psychology. This fall, I will be continuing my education and pursuing my Master’s Degree in Social Work with an end goal of becoming a School Social Worker. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and spending time outdoors. I enjoy hiking, playing volleyball, camping, and laying in my hammock with my dog. I spent the last two summers traveling through Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado and absolutely love everything the area has to offer! I can’t wait to spend my summer in Colorado and I am most excited to create lasting memories with the campers and counselors!
Hey everyone! My name is Nicky Ferraro and I am all the way from South Florida. I am currently a sophomore at Florida Atlantic University studying Biological Sciences in hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field. When I have free time, I like to spend it outside with my closest friends and family. Any chance that I can go on a spontaneous road trip to a different place, I will jump at it. Although I am from Florida, I love cold weather and hiking mountains to get to the scenic view at the top. I am extremely excited to meet the campers and other counselors and see what new experiences and memories this summer brings!
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.
Hello everyone, my name is James Amberg and I come from Illinois. I am currently pursuing a graduate degree at Northern Illinois University for Special Education. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering for the Special Olympics, a play production called Penguin Players, and seek out new adventures! When given the chance, I enjoy ballroom dancing, hiking, archery, canoeing and crafts. I am honored to be able to join the Camp Granite Lake staff, and look forward to making great memories with everyone!
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, 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.
I am stoked for my third summer at Camp. Come June, I’ll have recently returned from a year traveling through South America after graduating with a degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina. 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. I love new experiences and new people. I love the mountains and the rolling hills, the flowers and the daffodils. I love camp! This fall, I will start my first job as a High School teacher in Illinois!
My name is Natalie and I am a sophomore at Bates College in Maine, where I am a biology major. 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, baking, and dogs. This summer I’m looking forward to spending my time outside with great campers and counselors!
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!
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!
Hello! My name is Rachael, I am 20 years old, I grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, but my family lives in Littleton, Colorado. I am a student at Western State Colorado University. I am studying Recreation and Outdoor Education, and already have an Associates degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. I am an avid rock climber, mountain biker, hiker, backpacker, and mountaineer, and I am very enthusiastic to learn more about outdoor recreation, but also teach others the incredible opportunities and experiences that outdoor recreation offers us. I am super excited to get kids outside and having fun in the wilderness this summer, I love to see the joy that the outdoors brings to people!
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
I’m Matt McGuire and I am a first year architecture major at Kansas State University. I love all things outdoors, and visit Colorado as often as I can to ski! I love boating, running, biking, just about all water-sports, and camping. This will be my first year as a counselor at Camp Granite Lake and I’m so excited to meet new people!
I’m Kyla and I am currently a junior studying Political Science at the University of Minnesota. I love hiking, reading, and being outdoors (even in the Minnesota winter!). I am so excited to spend my summer exploring camp since its my first year at Camp Granite Lake. I can’t wait to meet everyone!
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.
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!
My name is Lara Russell and this is my first summer with Camp Granite Lake. I am graduating fine Emmanuel College this May with a degree in Digital Media Productions and a minor in Business. I’m from North Georgia and love being outdoors in my spare time. I cannot wait to share my summer with all of those at Camp this year.
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!
Hi everyone! I’m Cassie, I’m a junior studying English education at Christopher Newport University. I’m originally from Littleton Colorado, but currently live in Virginia, just a little bit south of DC. In my free time, I love spending time hiking, climbing, and traveling, and spend maybe a little too much time playing video games. I’m so excited to be back in my home state, and am looking forward to a great summer!
Hey All! My name is Charisma Dozier and I am a Senior 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 my old and new campers and counselors and creating some long lasting laughs, memories, and friendship.
Hi friends! My name is Isabel Smith and I am looking forward to returning to camp for my second summer at CGL. This will be my fourth year at University Wisconsin- Eau Claire where I am studying Elementary Education. In my free time I enjoy dancing, spending time with people, and of course being outdoors in the sun. At camp you can find me in the ceramic tent. I look forward to creating new memories with the returning and new campers!
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!
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.
My name is Alexis Willingham and I am currently a sophomore majoring in art education and photography at William Woods University in Fulton Missouri. On campus I work as a community advisor, I am a member of the women’s soccer team, president of the sophomore class, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and I am involved in many other organizations. I enjoy traveling, playing soccer, running, being outdoors, drawing/painting, and spending time with children. I am excited to have this new experience working with children and other camp councilors at Camp Granite Lake!
Howdy Y’all my name is Olivia! I’m from Georgia, but I currently live in Knoxville, Tennessee where I’m about to enter my final year pursuing a degree in Elementary Education from Johnson University. I absolutely love the outdoors and eating food, preferably bar-b-que. I’m so excited to be back for another summer of low ropes and my personal favorite, tomato soup and grilled cheese day. I absolutely can’t wait for another summer full of joy, laughter, and building the best relationships!
Hey! My name is Baleigh, and I’m so stoked to be returning to Camp Granite Lake for my third summer. I am currently in my first year of teaching and loving every minute of it! I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, being outside, and traveling. Looking forward to being back in the Colorado mountains.