Tommy knew from an early age that camp was his life’s work! After many summers attending and then directing camps in Wisconsin and Colorado, Tommy started Mountain Day Camp in 2005, which evolved into 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 6, and Mara, age 4. 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!
Hi! My name is Sydney Bauman. I am from Colorado Springs but I am attending Lee University in Tennessee. I am studying English Education as a sophomore. I graduated high school with 65 credits. I have 7 siblings, 4 horses, 1 donkey, 2 dogs, and 12 chickens (wow, I know). I like to spend my time reading, dancing, and just hanging out! This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I know it is going to be a rocking’ summer.
Hi! My name is Sophie Bilello and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I am currently a freshman at the University of Redlands in Southern California studying Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology. This will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I could not be more ecstatic! Some of the things that keep me chasing adventure are backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, surfing, kayaking, and any other outdoor activity. Weekend trips, nature appreciation, and positive vibes are big parts of what keep me grounded. When I’m not outside, I’m usually at work tutoring some super cool kids. I love meeting new people and exploring new places and am so excited for this summer!
Hey you guys! My name’s Jenn Blenkhorn and I’m a North Carolinian born and raised. I attend Appalachian State University, located in the beautiful mountain town of Boone, NC, where I frequently enjoy going hiking, rock climbing, camping, the whole shabang! If it’s outdoors, I’m all for it! This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake as well as first time farther west than Tennessee. Needless to say, I’m super stoked to be out there with the kiddos this summer!
Hello, my name is Abbie and I am thrilled to be returning to Camp Granite Lake for another 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 am looking forward to an adventurous season full of smiles and making new connections. 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.
Hi! I’m Scott and during the fall/winter I’m a photographer who studied Outdoor Adventure Management. In my free time I volunteer to train dogs for adoption here in Saint Louis, my hometown. During summer at camp I go by Wagons because I’m always moving and having a great time! My favorite activities at camp are: archery, geocaching, and theatre. What I enjoy the most about camp is getting to know others. I can’t wait to meet you 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.
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!
My name is Gaylon Hynes aka “Miss Gay” ( in our southern tradition). I am a Florida girl and graduated from St. Vincent’s Nursing School in Jacksonville.
As a Navy wife, I have had the privilege to live in many interesting places, including 3+ years in Italy and experience world wide travel opportunities. I love nature..hiking, kayaking and swimming. My husband, Jim, and I spent last summer working in a camp in Maine. I will be taking care of your children in the clinic this summer. I have spent my life with kids–in my nursing career (school nurse, children’s psych., pediatrics and homeless outreach) and in my life as a mom to 4, foster parent, and gramma of 7. The goal of my life has always been to make a positive impact, no matter how small, on those whose lives I touch.
I look forward to comforting and nurturing your children this summer at Granite Lake.
Hello my name is Jim. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I worked as a farm hand until I joined the U.S. Navy after high school. In my years serving in the Navy I was a Jet Engine Mechanic, Search and Rescue Helicopter Crewman, Instructor for the A-7 Attack Jet, Aviation Officer Candidate, Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and later Mission Commander for the P-3 Anti-Submarine Aircraft, Maintenance Division Officer of 87 men, Joint Service Airborne Navigation Instructor, Student at Air Command and Staff College (War College), Weapons Officer USS Saratoga and Operations Officer for an operational squadron. After the Navy I got into the mortgage business and opened my own mortgage brokerage. Later, after I retired, I ran my own small business buying, fixing and selling cars, trucks and sail boats.
Last year my wife and I decided it sounded like fun to work for a kid’s camp for the summer. We were hired by Camp Laurel in Maine. That was a great experience and we decided we would enjoy Camp Granite Lake this year.
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 5, 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!
My name is Sophie Lindley and I am currently a senior at Purdue University, studying dietetics. I have lived in Indiana my entire life and while I love the midwest, I am stoked to explore Colorado this summer. I love spending time with my family and friends, being outside, hanging out with kiddos, and would rather be in water than on land. I worked at one other summer camp in 2017 but this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am so excited to spend this summer teaching and learning with kiddos and getting to know the other members of the staff.
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 Maddie Moore and I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I will be a Senior at the University of Northern Colorado in the Fall. I am studying Elementary Education, and looking forward to pursuing a career as a teacher. I’m a dance teacher in Greeley, Co, where I’ve had the privilege of dancing with awesome kids for the past three years. This is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I am so excited for all of the adventures it will bring!
My name is Joey Mueser, I hail from Pittsburgh, PA and I’m studying nursing at Duquesne University. I love spending time with great people who push me to be my best self. This includes, but isn’t limited to running, hiking, and pretty much anything that gets me outdoors. I also really love a good crossword puzzle. I can’t wait to spend my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and meet wonderful new people I’m sure to encounter there!
Hey! Im Marlix Nino. I was born in Puebla, a city in Mexico and I’ve lived my whole life there with my parents and a younger sister. Nowadays I’m studying in my first semester of medicine and my second semester of industrial engineering at BUAP. I spend my free time doing activities like practicing folckloric dance and playing the piano. I also love nature, taking care of animals, playing sports like basketball and reading. I’m looking forward for one of the best experiences doing what I love and being part of Camp Granite Lake.
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!
Hi, my name is Omar. I’m a culinary student from Mexico, this is my first time ever in Camp Granite Lake. I am a very passionate cook always willing to do more for the people. I’m also hobbyist photographer and coaster enthusiast. I can’t wait for the great memories at CGL!
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 everyone! My name is Andrés Padilla and this is my first year at Camp Granite Lake. I´m an engineering student and lover of adventures, I like to run, climb, explore, sports and above all I love challenges. I´m excited to meet everyone in the camp and make many new friends.
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.
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.
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.
Hey everyone! My name is Baleigh, and this will be my fourth summer at camp. In my first three summers, I was a counselor in the intermediate and senior villages. I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in elementary education in December of 2016. I currently live in San Marcos, TX and love floating the river, spending time with my family, reading good books, and writing in my journal. During the school year, I teach 4th grade and work as a behavior specialist in Luling, TX with some amazing kids! Camp is a place that I love because of the people. I’m so excited to see old faces again and meet all of the campers. This summer is going to be amazing!