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 9, and Mara, age 7. They attended camp all summer, too.
Hey! My name is Abigail and I am from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in Journalism with a double minor in Sports Media and Media Production. In my free time I love watching movies, practicing my art skills, kayaking, diving into face paint, and listening to music. I love to be outside hiking, camping, and exploring what Colorado has to offer. I grew up attending summer camp, and was once a Camp Granite Lake camper. I am very excited to meet everyone and make lasting memories at Camp Granite Lake this summer!
Hey, my name is AJ and I am a sophomore at the University of Maryland studying criminology and history. I spend my free time running, learning to play the guitar, and reading. I love spending time outdoors hiking, swimming, or just hanging with friends. This will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I’m excited to spend the summer in such a beautiful place!
Hello! My name is AJ. I was born and raised in Iowa, and I’m currently a junior 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, climbing, playing video games, and spending time with friends. I’m incredibly excited to be spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake making new friends and epic memories!
Hi, my name is Amelia Newman, I am from Denver, CO. Currently, studying Biological Anthropology at CSU in Fort Collins. I love hiking with my dog Pippa, painting and making collages. I am a board game enthusiast and I am very excited to spend my summer at Camp Granite Lake.
Hello, my name is Anna and I’m from Seattle, Washington. I’m a second-year at the University of Washington studying English and Biology. I love ecology and hiking, especially in the two state parks on the island I call my hometown. During the school year, I tutor middle and high schoolers, write fiction, and cosplay. I look forward to having fun and making new memories at Camp Granite Lake this summer!
Barry became part of the Camp Granite Lake family in 2016. He is excited to return as the Senior Village Director for his 4th year at camp. In 2020 Barry relocated to California from Portland, Oregon, and began pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. Barry enjoys making art, out of tune singing, and sparkling water. He is excited to return to the Rocky Mountains for another great summer at Camp Granite Lake and can’t wait to see you all soon.
Hi! My name is Ben and I am from a small town in Ohio. I am currently a senior in high school where I am studying biotechnology. I plan on studying environmental sustainability next year when I go off to college. In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to music, watching movies and TV shows with my family, and playing video games. I also enjoy being outdoors, whether that being fishing, kayaking or hiking. This is my first year going to camp and I am very excited to meet new friends and spend time at Camp Granite Lake!
Hello, my name is Brady and I am from Lenexa KS. I’m currently a freshman at Kansas State University studying agronomy and environmental science. Outside of school, I am a huge sports fan and spend a lot of my free time on weekends going to cheer on the K-State Wildcats. Besides sports, I enjoy jogging around campus and participating on the soil judging team. I cannot wait to spend the summer at Camp Granite Lake with all of you!
Hey! My name is Carlos, but you can call me Charly 🙂 I am from Veracruz, Mexico and I’ve lived there my whole life. I’m currently studying International Markets and Business and I will be graduating by June 2022. During my free time, I love listening to all kinds of music, playing my favorite sport, which is volleyball, and reading articles about what’s happening in the world. My biggest dream is working in something I truly enjoy while I spend my life traveling all around the world with my friends and family. I’m rather excited about this new experience in Camp Granite Lake and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends.
Hey, my name is Chloe and I’m from Maryland. I’m currently a student at the University of Maryland where I’m studying biology. Some of my favorite activities are listening to music, cooking, and playing guitar. I also love spending time outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, biking, swimming, or something else, I always love being out in the fresh air! This is my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I’m very excited to meet everyone and spend the summer in Colorado!
Hi my name is Hector Puente and I’m from McAllen, Tx. I’m currently a sophomore at the University of The Rio Grand Valley and I will be transferring next fall as an athlete to the University of San Antonio. I am majoring in criminal Justice. On my free time I like to spend time with my friends, go running, and make day trips to South Padrea Island.
Hello! My name is Jenn and I am 21 years old and am from Detroit, Michigan! I will be attending University of Michigan- Dearborn in the fall and am majoring in Secondary Education. In my free time I love to read, kayak, hike, camp, and pretty much spend all of my time outside! I have spent almost every summer as far back as I can remember singing songs and doing silly skits with my friends at summer camp and I am so excited to spend another one and make so many memories with all of you!
Joshua Grant is the bestselling author and comic creator of numerous books. He has survived a flash flood, encountered numerous bears, and sailed the ocean blue. Josh loves to read, write, play video games, and occasionally read up on the crazy science that’s happening in the world, but most of all he loves just getting people together to love, laugh, and grow alongside each other. Currently, Josh makes a living teaching and working with kids in various environments, with the occasional novel and comic always in the works. Josh has spent many summers working at Camp Granite Lake and is so looking forward to building some forts, canoeing, making skits, playing games, launching rockets, and having some laughs with campers and staff!
Hi! My name is Linnie, and I’m from Indianapolis. I graduated from Belmont University, and I currently work in outdoor education at a camp in Texas. I like to rock climb, spend time at the lake, go hiking, and do art projects in my free time. This will be my third summer at CGL, and I can’t wait to be back!
Hi! My name is Lorelai. I am from Arkansas and I am currently attending nursing school at the University of Louisville. Some of my interests include hiking, kayaking, and music. I am always looking for ways to get outdoors! I cannot wait to make some memories at Camp Granite Lake this summer.
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 industrial engineering . 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 like languages ant traveling. I’m looking forward for one of the best experiences doing what I love and being part of Camp Granite Lake.
Hi, my name is Omar. I’m a culinary student from Mexico, this is my second year at 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!
Abbie became part of the Camp Granite Lake team in 2017, as a cabin counselor, and has since transitioned into a year-round position as Administrative Director. She grew-up in a canoe in Minnesota and enjoys teaching waterfront activities on our lake! In her free time, Abbie loves playing board games, hiking and talking about dragonflies. Abbie has been singing camp songs for 20 years and can’t wait to learn new ones from you!
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 some 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 Tulsa, OK during the off season with their 3-year old twins, Arlo and Eleanor, and dogs, Gehrig, Lu and Levon. He enjoys playing guitar, digging through record shops, live music 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.