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.
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 4th summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a Colorado native born and raised in Denver. I am a 4th year Accounting major at the University of Denver, GO PIOS!! In my free time, I enjoy skiing, golfing, and watching sports. My favorite camp activity Disc Golf and anything on the water. I am so excited for another amazing summer at Camp Granite Lake.
My name is Allie Baker and I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. I love to travel, hike, do arts crafts, play disc golf, and hang with kids! I was born and raised in Colorado and am so excited to come back for my second summer at 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.
Howdy everybody, my name is Kate! I am from Pennsylvania, but I am currently studying Music at The College of Wooster in Ohio. I am going to be a senior. This is going to be my first summer at camp, and I am really looking forward to all the laughs and adventures that it promises to bring. My favorite thing to do is play music – I play guitar, drums, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, and some piano as well. I also play in a couple super cool rock bands! I can’t wait get to camp and meet everyone, and I am really looking forward to the best summer yet!
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!
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.
Hi, my name it’s Zeltzin González and this will be my first year at camp Granite Lake. I’m from Veracruz, México. Right now I am on my 2nd year at Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa, I am studying Business Management. My passions include doing theater, baking and swimming. I love meeting new people and hanging out with my friends doing the craziest things we can. I am looking forward to have the best summer at Camp Granite Lake.
Hi, my name is Luz and I’m from Mexico. I’m currently studying a degree in English teaching. I love to read good books, have fun, learn and make people laugh. I like working with children and meeting new people and learning from them, so I’m very excited for this summer helping in the kitchen at Camp Granite Lake.
Hey everyone! My name is Gabe and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I currently live in McKinney Texas and just finished my freshman year of college. I attend the community college in my city and have plans to transfer to Texas A&M to study youth development. I have 3 jobs and volunteer a lot at my church. In my free time, you can find me trailing/hiking, hanging in my hammock, running, or doing my favorite thing which is playing sand volleyball pretty much every night. I am very excited to spend my summer in Colorado and make some amazing memories!
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.
Hi all, I am Chef Jon and I am the kitchen manager for this summer. I have been working in the kitchen of summer camps all over Colorado for the last 5 years. This will be my second summer at Camp Granite Lake. 4 years ago my wife and I had the most amazing wedding at CGL, yes, we got married here! Just over a year ago we welcomed our wonderful son Austin Charles to the world, and he has been the light of our lives ever since. When it isn’t the summer camp season, you can find me in Boulder, CO catering for fraternities on The Hill. In my free time, I enjoy golfing and cheering on Detroit sports teams.
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.
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 AJ. I was born and raised in Iowa, and I’m currently a sophomore studying Elementary Education at Iowa State University. When I’m not in class or studying for an upcoming exam, you’ll probably find me coaching soccer, a sport which I have played since I was four years old. My other interests include listening to podcasts, bouldering, attending yoga classes, spending time with friends, hanging in my hammock, and trying new things. I’m incredibly excited to be spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake making new friends and epic memories!
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!
Hello! My name is Destiny, and this will be my first summer with Camp Granite Lake. I was born in New York City, and raised in Las Vegas where I currently attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying Social Work. Although I’d call myself a city girl, I definitely enjoy exploring the fresh outdoors! I love traveling, exploring, and meeting new people, and I can’t wait to do all of the above at camp this summer!
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 Matthew Magee, I have been attending camp ever since I was a boy. I very much enjoy the camp culture, and spending as must time outdoors as possible. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and I am an avid traveler. I am looking forward to spending time on the water and in the mountains this summer in Colorado. The quality friendships and experiences gained at camp is why I continue to work at camp in college!
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!
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 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!
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 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!
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.
Abbie became part of the Camp Granite Lake team in 2017, as a cabin counselor, and has since transitioned into a year-round position working with both CGL and Camp Labs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and German from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in May, 2017. Having recently moved to Louisville, Colorado, Abbie is excited to get a break from the Minnesota winters she grew-up with! In her free time, Abbie loves playing board games, being outside and creating music with others.
Hi! My name is Seun Odubade and I am from London, England. I am currently about to finish my 2nd year of university at the university of Kent where I study Media studies which incorporates a lot of my other hobbies as well such as photography and videography. I am super excited to join Camp Granite this year as it will also be my first time in America as well, I can’t wait to unplug from city life and get reconnected with nature!
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!
I am a Grandfather, dog nut and semi-retired sportswriter who loves Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, running, hiking, birdwatching and rooting for Mike Trout. I am excited to be returning to help out in the kitchen for Sessions 1 and 3 this summer!
My name is Rachel Pritts and I’m from a small town called Heyworth, Illinois. I just finished my senior year at the University of Evansville where I graduated with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. I was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years as well as being involved in track for 3 years. In my free time, I love to explore the outdoors and learn new things. This is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I can’t wait to see what kind of adventure it will bring!
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!
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!
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 Chris Sturiale and this is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake! I’m originally from Baltimore and just graduated from Clark University in Massachusetts where I studied geography and economics. I love hiking, playing frisbee, playing basketball, and rock climbing! Beyond that I spend my time beekeeping, going to concerts and playing dungeons and dragons with my friends. I can’t wait to make all sorts of new memories and friends this summer at Camp Granite Lake!
Hello! My name is Tyler White. I am a junior at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Child Development and Family Studies with a minor in Mental Health Services. I was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, and have lived there my whole life. Caring for people has always been a passion of mine. I’ve worked as caretaker for people with intellectual disabilities and lead my own Sunday school class every week, so I’m stoked to spend a whole summer with kids! This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I’m really looking forward to a summer of being unplugged and outdoors.
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!