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!
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!
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 there! My name is Maddi and I’m super excited to be spending my summer as a Little’s Counselor at Camp Granite Lake. I’m from Longmont, Colorado (as of 2012) and am currently a sophomore at Columbia College Chicago, studying Theatre and Audio Design. I am an avid lover of video games and Harry Potter, and I spend a lot of my free time singing, reading, meditating, and swimming. This summer, I hope to find some exciting new hobbies and befriend as many campers and fellow counselors as I can!
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!
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.
Hello to all!, My name is Cesar. I am excited to be apart of such a passionate team! I believe that nature is very important to our connection with each other, and our surroundings. Music is very important to me and so is the culinary field, because they both unite people! I have been playing the piano and creating instrumentals for over half my life, it brings me so much joy! I hope to bring positive vibes to all those I meet!
Hi everybody! My name is Elise Counsell and am I beyond excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am currently a freshman at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington but was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. I love to hike, climb, snowboard, play ultimate frisbee, and my cats. I cannot wait to spend my summer in the beautiful state of Colorado and go on some rad adventures with new friends and campers!
Hello Everyone, My name is Viviana Coy and I am currently a sophomore at Montgomery College, and will be transferring to the University of Maryland this fall. I am leader of a social entrepreneurship project called “Our Stories”. Our goal is to empower new immigrant students in local high schools by improving their literacy skills through personal story writing as well as teaching them entrepreneurial skills by teaching them how to sell a book written by them. I love working with kids as well as helping the community around me. I love to travel, meet new people, and experience different things. Usually, I spend my summers in Colombia to visit family. However, this summer I am super excited to spend it in Colorado at Camp Granite Lake. I am 100% positive it will be an unforgettable experience.
Hey everyone! I’m Eden and I cannot wait to begin my first year at Camp! I am from Boston but currently live in Montreal studying psychology at McGill University, from which I will be graduating this June. In my free time I love to get outside of the city to go hiking, cook yummy food and find new music. I absolutely cannot wait to meet all the wonderful campers and staff at CGL, and to trade all the snow for the Rockies!
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 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 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!
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!
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.
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! I’m Zach! I’m back for my fourth summer at Camp Granite Lake and third as the Senior Village Director! I’ve spent my past year living in the forest of North Carolina and teaching preschool enrichment programs. 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 cooking up some incredible meals with culinary, inspiring Embers ceremonies and 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. 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! 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 am currently a theatre student at Auburn University! My hobbies are reading fun facts, checking new things off my bucket list and traveling. I am the most excited about the fun stories that we’ll share together at camp AND the yummy food we’ll get to make together!
HI I am David. I love kids because they are so genuine and sincere. When I am not working in the kitchen, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with friends. I am looking forward to a great summer!
Hey everyone! My name is Abraham Kadi and I am a recent graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In my free time I love to rock climb, hike, or produce music. I am always looking for new and exciting experiences and I am stoked for this awesome opportunity at Camp Granite Lake! Making new connections and having fun. Much Love and Peace.
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.
Howdy! My name is Sophie, and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I’m a bubbly yogi with a love for creative expression, silly jokes, and our beautiful Mother Nature. I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo last June with a degree in Journalism & Public Relations, and I currently manage a yoga studio in Camarillo, CA. I’ve been rooted in the West Coast my entire life, so the adventurer in me couldn’t be more thrilled to soar to Colorado for camp. I’m looking forward to joining in the creation of a fun-filled summer for the campers, and I can’t wait to see the excitement that lies ahead. Let’s make some beautiful memories!
Hey y’all! I’m Hunter Kerr. I’m currently a freshman at Southeast Missouri State University studying organismal and ecological biology. I like rock climbing, playing ultimate frisbee, and flying gliders. I’m excited too help campers have fun, and enjoy the beauty of nature!
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 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!
Hello! My name is Esther Morrow, and I am a sophomore nursing major at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Playing the guitar, painting with watercolors, and reading are some of my favorite activities. I am most excited about making new friends at camp, experiencing the beauty of nature, and working with others who have a passion for service and helping others out!
Hello! I’m Logan, and I am so excited to be spending another summer with Camp Granite Lake. This past year I’ve spent finishing up my degree in Social Innovation & Consciousness Studies at George Mason University, hopefully to pursue a career focusing in mindfulness and well-being. When I’m not the classroom or studying in the library, I spend most of my free time visiting new spots around town, practicing yoga, and making time for the people I love most. I am looking very forward to reuniting with past campers and meeting the new, and cannot wait to begin another fantastic summer in the beautiful state of Colorado!
My name is Gingah. I was born and raised in West Texas. I have lived in Colorado for over 20 years. I am married to my best friend and have been ever since I moved to Colorado. We have two adult sons and two adult daughters. Our only granddaughter, Maisy is 4 and a bright spot in our lives. We have a granddog named Bowie, whom we adore. We enjoy outdoor activities and various social activities within the community. We love the mountains. I have been in healthcare for many years obtaining my nursing degree in 2014. I have roughly 7 years experience with pediatrics and family medicine. I am excited to be a part of the Camp Granite Lake experience!
Grandfather, dog nut and semi-retired sportswriter who loves Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, running, hiking, birdwatching and rooting for Mike Trout.
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.
Hello! I’m Alex. I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. I graduated from the University of Florida in August 2017 with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment. I enjoy bike rides, a good book, sunsets, trees, hiking, live music, camping out, swimming, clouds, cooking, sunrises, connecting with friends, gardening, and much more. After a life of swamps, beaches, and springs in Florida, I am thrilled to be moving on up to the mountains of Colorado! Can’t wait for a summer of camp, the great outdoors, and great people.
I am currently ending my last year of high school in Utah. My favorite things to do are hike, ski, and crochet. I am so excited to be part of the kitchen staff this summer!
Hello! My name is Nick and I am currently a sophomore student studying Environmental Humanities at Whitman College, in the lovely Walla Walla, Washington. At school, I work for the climbing gym, participate in the Outdoor Program, and (starting this semester) am helping a local nonprofit run farm field trips for elementary school kids. I am way too excited to take some new faces backpacking this summer, and look forward to lots of fun campfire skits n’ songs.
Hi! Im chef Api short for Apolonia. Im currently a Kitchen Supervisor for Whole Foods Market. I have previously worked for the Omni Hotel Dallas and VIP Catering for Cirque du Soleil. I own a small soy candle business. I am a craft dabbler, enjoy hiking and traveling the globe. Im very excited to be spending the summer in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and cook some delicious healthy meals for all the wonderful campers and staff!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Phoebe is a recent graduate from McGill University in Montreal, QC. She currently works as an assistant instructor at the Philadelphia Outward Bound School, leading backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing expeditions for Philadelphia area youth. She loves all things outdoors, especially backpacking, hiking, running, and surfing. A lifelong camper and outdoors enthusiast, Phoebe is stoked to be returning for a third fantastic summer as a cabin counselor/backpacking leader at CGL. She can’t wait to trade the sludge of the Philadelphia “spring” for the fresh air of the Colorado Rockies!
This is my third summer here at Camp Granite Lake, and I’m stoked to return to camp as the Junior Village Director. This past year I floated up the west coast from my home state of California to Portland, Oregon where I spent my year as an instructor for kindergarteners in a before and after school program. In the summers at camp I’m typically found in the crafts tent where I often wind up painted or dyed some shade of blue. I’m very ready to be back with the Camp Granite Family, old and new.
Hi! I’m Andrew and I am stoked to return to camp for my third 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!