OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

OUR STAFF

OUR Summer Staff

Our staff are what make camp so special! We hire college-age and older counselors dedicated to creating a great experience for the entire camp community.

You can also learn more about our Year-Round Staff here.

Who We Hire & How We Hire

What We Look For In Staff Members:

 
Each summer we hire approximately 50 counselors and seasonal directors at camp.  They are each carefully chosen, and have shown a commitment to being great role models for campers through their prior work, school and volunteer opportunities.  They commit to to creating an inclusive, supportive, and ‘un-plugged’ environment, where campers, directors, and staff live and work collaboratively, and create connections with each other, and the natural world around them.  
 

Camp Staff: 

  • Are all at least 18 years of age
  • Submit a staff application which requires three written references
  • Are required to read our Staff Hiring Packet prior to their interview
  • Have an hour-long interview with questions about: their experience with children, times they have demonstrated responsibility in school, professional and volunteer settings, their knowledge of body safety rules and child abuse reporting, and their ability to manage stress, just to name a few!
  • Go through a 10-day staff training prior to campers arriving that focuses on: the developmental needs of children, how to facilitate social connection between campers, how to help campers who are homesick, body safety rules and child abuse reporting, health and safety, teaching activities and more
Their growth and development doesn’t stop in staff training!  When campers arrive, we provide ongoing supervision, feedback, and support to help them give our campers great care day in and day out!

SUMMER LEADERSHIP STAFF

Adam is excited to return to camp for his fourth summer, and looking forward to his first summer as a village director. Adam loves to travel, play guitar, and be outside. It has been three years since Adam last worked at CGL, and in the meantime he has built a tiny house in Hawaii, worked as a kayak guide in Alaska, and worked as a snowboard instructor in the Rockies. His favorite place to be at camp is near the lake teaching music. He is excited for another summer of nature, laughter, new experiences and personal growth for campers, counselors, and directors alike.

Village Director

Adam G.

4th Summer

Barry became part of the Camp Granite Lake team in 2016 and is excited for his second summer as the Rainbow Trout Village Director. Barry currently resides in Colorado and enjoys reading, road trips, and spending quality time with his friends. He cannot wait for camp dance parties and is excited for another great summer at Camp Granite Lake!

Village Director

Barry K.

5th Summer

Ellie recently joined the Camp Granite Lake team as one of our Assistant Directors. She has a background in teaching high school Physical Education, and previously spent five summers working at sleep-away camps on the East Coast where she met her husband, Ben. Ellie is originally from ‘across the pond’ (England!), and moved to Denver in 2020. She loves to travel, the sunshine and making the most of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. Ellie can’t wait to meet you all this summer, and is looking forward to seeing some impressive Fort Building she has heard all about!

Assistant Director

Ellie W.

1st Summer

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!

 

CIT Coordinator

Josh G.

7th Summer

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!

Village Director

Linnie L.

3rd Summer

Word on the street was Camp Granite Lake was looking for a rock climbing coordinator who loves live music, exploring new places, and being outside with their dog, so here I am! Since last summer, I moved out of Knoxville and back home to Memphis, started graduate school, and expanded my climbing skills. I am so lucky to spend another summer in the incredible community we have at camp.

Rock Climbing Coordinator

Taryn M.

2nd Summer

Hey there everyone, my name is Zach and I’m your Backpacking Coordinator for the summer! Although it is my first time at Camp Granite Lake, I have spent over 500 cumulative nights in a tent and have hiked around 4,000 miles all around the U.S. These include New Mexico, Alaska, and Missouri just to name a few. I know what a difference camp and the outdoors can make during the ole’ Summer break and I can’t wait to share in this experience with you! Three cheers for all the water we will be drinking this summer!

Backpacking Coordinator

Zach D.

1st Summer

SUMMER CABIN & ACTIVITY STAFF

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!

 

Cabin Counselor

Abigail W.

3rd Summer

Howdy! My name is AJ J, and I’m from a small town called Gilbert, Iowa. I’ll be completing my degree in Elementary Education in May of 2022, just in time to come to camp for my second summer of fun! Though teaching takes up the majority of my time, I also enjoy listening to podcasts, playing video games, spending time with my friends, as well as going rock climbing and skiing. When I return to camp, I’m most looking forward to disc golf, fancy Friday, and reuniting with all the people that make camp so great.

 

Cabin Counselor

AJ J.

2nd Summer

Hi everyone, my name is Alex and I am really excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake! I call Chanhassen, Minnesota home, it’s about 20 minutes west of the Twin Cities. I am currently a Sophomore studying Marketing at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. I love traveling, listening to music, and pretty much anything that keeps me outdoors. I am really looking forward to meeting and getting to know you all this summer!

 

Cabin Counselor

Alex D.

1st Summer

Hi, my name is Amelia, 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.

Cabin Counselor

Amelia N.

2nd Summer

Hi, My name is Angela! I’m very excited to be spending this summer at Camp Granite Lake! I’m currently a Senior at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying Social Work and Sociology. In my free time, I enjoy going on hikes, swimming, and doing puzzles. I enjoy traveling and have not yet been to Colorado, so I’m quite excited to experience it while at camp!

Cabin Counselor

Angela H.

1st Summer

My name is Anna and I am from right outside Washington D.C. in Reston, Virginia! I am currently a second year in the Architecture School at the University of Virginia and am planning on majoring in Architecture with a double minor in Studio Art and Global Sustainability. I love doing anything outdoors, especially hiking in the nearest national park or going on long runs! I played volleyball all throughout high school, so I love staying active. I’m a big painter and drawer, as well. I am looking forward to my second year at Camp Granite Lake and I am excited to spend some time away from the east coast!

Cabin Counselor

Anna N.

2nd Summer

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!

Cabin Counselor

Ben W.

1st Summer

What’s up everyone?! My name is Blake and I’m looking forward to an adventure filled summer with you all! I’m from the land of lakes (Minnesota) and am excited to add Granite Lake to the list of many lakes I’ve explored and made unforgettable memories on. I am an entrepreneurial management major at the University of Minnesota hoping to start my own business someday. I am passionate about music and love to compose my own piano pieces which I am excited to share with you all this summer! I love to spend my free time outside with friends, listening to music, and playing whatever sport is in season. I can’t wait to make some awesome memories with you all this summer!

Cabin Counselor

Blake G.

1st Summer

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!

Cabin Counselor

Brady H.

1st Summer

Hello, my name’s Brayden and I’m super excited to be working this summer as a counselor. I grew up in North Carolina and now attend UNC looking to major in business and political science. I love spending time outdoors, with hiking being my favorite activity. I also like to play basketball, read, and work out. I’m super excited to get to know everyone and give campers a great summer!

Cabin Counselor

Brayden N.

1st Summer

Hi there! My name is Caitlin and I am from Louisville, KY. I am currently a senior at the University of Louisville where I am studying Psychology. I am also a youth soccer coach at Racing Louisville Academy. I love playing and coaching soccer, running, hiking, and doing art. I am also a major cat lover! This will be my first year at camp as well as my first time in Colorado! I can’t wait to meet you all this summer at CGL! 

Cabin Counselor

Caitlin M.

1st Summer

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.

Cabin Counselor

Charly C.

1st Summer

Hi all! My name is Cora and I am from Bardstown, KY. As a sophomore at Berea College, I study English and Psychology. I enjoy hiking with my friends, doing yoga, and playing bass. I’m so excited to get to know y’all this summer!

Cabin Counselor

Cora H.

1st Summer

Hi! My name is Dani and I’m from Colorado but I’m currently a freshman studying Psychology and English at San Diego State University in California. I love dancing, hiking, swimming, and hanging out with my friends and my dog, Luna. I’m also amazing at Uno. I’m so excited to meet you all at CGL this summer!

Cabin Counselor

Dani M.

1st Summer

My name is Daniel, and I’m from Washington, D.C. and am a sophomore at Brandeis University in the Greater Boston area studying politics, economics, and Arabic studies. In my free time, I hang out with my close friends, cycle, read a lot of books, and explore the city. I am on my university’s track and field team, and when I have the chance, I love to travel. This will be my second summer at Camp Granite Lake, and I am super excited to come back, see and meet new and returning campers, and come back to a great group of staff.

Cabin Counselor

Daniel C.

2nd Summer

Hello! My name is Dave and I’m so excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake! I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I’m currently a freshman at St. Olaf College, where I’m studying philosophy and German. For fun, I like to read, write, travel, hang out with friends, and work out. I’m so stoked to be at camp this summer and I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Cabin Counselor

Dave J.

1st Summer

Hi, my name is Emma, and I am currently a junior at Loyola University Chicago. I am majoring in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. In my free time I enjoy baking, walking in nature, tennis, and collaging. I love listening to all kinds of music, playing with my dogs, and hanging out with my family and friends. This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake, and I am so excited for a summer full of fun and exploration!

Cabin Counselor

Emma B.

1st Summer

Hey there! My name is Emma and I’m currently a preschool teacher and I’m taking a gap year to travel and explore the world! In my free time I love to read and write music and play my ukulele. I also love to get outside and spend as much time hiking and camping as possible. This is my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I’m super excited to spend my summer here!

Cabin Counselor

Emma S.

1st Summer

Hello everyone, I’m Gabriel, I’m 23 years old, I’m from Tamaulipas, Mexico and I have a Bachelor’s degree in businesses innovation and marketing at Universidad Tecnologica de Altamira. Since I was a child I’ve been involved in a lot of cultural and art events, from dance to theater. I really enjoy expressing myself in multiple ways. I think everyone needs to be free to be who they really are. I enjoy spending time with my family, hanging out with my friends, riding horses, dancing in my backyard, reading romantic books and listening music. This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake. I can’t be more euphoric about it! I’m waiting to meeting everyone and make incredible memories. I’m sure it will be the best experience of my life.

Cabin Counselor

Gabriel V.

1st Summer

Hey, my name is Grace! I am a third year at Northern Kentucky University studying Sociology with minors in Honors and Human Services and Addictions. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, listening to music, and reading. I can’t wait to meet all of you and make some awesome memories this summer. Last year, working at Camp Granite Lake brought me so much joy and I am so excited to come back.

Cabin Counselor

Grace C.

2nd Summer

Hi! My name is Graciela and I am currently a preschool Montessori Assistant Teacher at the University of Memphis. On days that I am not working, I stay busy by rock climbing, hanging out with friends and working to make the planet a little better. I love the outdoors and am always trying to find somewhere new to explore. I am excited to move to Colorado and make sure everyone has a memorable summer!

Cabin Counselor

Graciela V.

1st Summer

Hi my name is Hector 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.

Cabin Counselor

Hector P.

2nd Summer

Hi! My name is Ian and I’m from Chicago, Illinois. I’m so excited to be spending my first summer in the mountains of Colorado at Camp Granite Lake! At home, I keep busy as a Special Education Teacher Assistant and am working to become a High School English Teacher. I spend extra time gardening, reading, and planning my next backpacking trip! I’ve worked the past three summers as a summer camp counselor and have a lot of tricks up my sleeve! Get ready for an awesome summer!

Cabin Counselor

Ian D.

1st Summer

Hi! I’m Jason, and I’m super excited to be back at Camp Granite Lake for my second summer. I’m currently a junior at Purdue University studying Communications. I’m a big fan of exploring the outdoors, Colorado specifically. Music is a huge part of my life, I’ve been a guitarist for years, and I love to listen to and play all kinds of music. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones this summer’s second session!

Cabin Counselor

Jason L.

2nd Summer

counselor julianna

Hey, my name is Julianna, and I am a first-year student studying political science and sociology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In my free time, I enjoy getting involved with different community service groups around campus and in Baton Rouge. I also love spending time in nature in any way possible. When I can’t be outdoors, I enjoy staying in and reading books or watching Marvel movies. This will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake, and I am so excited to meet all of you and spend my summer with you all!.

Cabin Counselor

Julianna D.

1st Summer

Hi! My name is Kaiya and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am currently a junior at the University of Minnesota, studying Youth Studies with a focus on Family Social Sciences. I love hiking, crafting, singing silly songs, and spending time at the lake (Minnesota has 10,000 wonderful lakes, and I’m so looking forward to enjoying a beautiful CO lake too)!  This is my first year at CGL, and I’m so excited to spend the summer with you all!

 

Cabin Counselor

Kaiya W.

1st Summer

Counselor Lindsey

Hi! My name is Lindsey and I am from Miami, Florida. I am a student at Miami Dade College and I am studying Elementary/Early Childhood education. While also being in school, I have been working at a preschool for two years now as a teachers assistant. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, listening to music or a podcast, exploring nature, cooking/baking, and dancing. I also love going on spontaneous road trips and meeting new people. This will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I am so excited to get to know everyone. I look forward to spending my summer with all of you and all the amazing campers who will be at camp this summer!

 

Cabin Counselor

Lindsey S.

1st Summer

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.

 

Cabin Counselor

Lorelai F.

1st Summer

Hey! My name is Mac and I am from Fairport, NY. I am currently working as an Aide for students with special needs. In my free time I enjoy going on hikes, skateboarding, and playing guitar. I love to try new things and spend as much time outdoors as possible. This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake as well as my first time seeing Colorado. I am beyond excited to spend my summer in the mountains with all of you!

Cabin Counselor

Mac S.

1st Summer

Hello! My name is Madilyn and I am a Freshman this year at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. In school, I am a Data Analytics and Systems Engineering major. During my free time I love to go skiing, hiking, and running with friends! I am excited to experience everything Camp Granite Lake has to offer and make great new friendships too!

Cabin Counselor

Madilyn M.

1st Summer

Hey! Im Marlix. 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.

 

Cabin Counselor

Marlix N.

3rd Summer

Hey there! My name is Miguel and I´m studying Industrial Engineering. I love to stay in touch with the nature since I was a child. In my free time I enjoy practicing sports or doing new activities outside like camping, kayaking, hiking or climbing.I am so excited to meet everybody and create new memories, this will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I know that will be an awesome summer!!

 

Cabin Counselor

Miguel C.

1st Summer

Hi! I’m Natalie and I’m so excited to be a counselor at CGL this summer! I’m a Colorado native and currently a senior at Lakewood High School. I’ve grown up with Camp Granite Lake, having spent six summers as a camper and my seventh as a CIT. In the fall, I’ll be heading to college to study some form of biology. I love spending time outdoors, reading, and doing puzzles. Camp is such a special place to me and I’m so excited to get to share that with everyone this summer!

Cabin Counselor

Natalie W.

8th Summer

Hello! My name is Roberto, I am from Puebla, and in 2022 I will graduate from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla with an International Relations degree. Last year I had the amazing opportunity to work at CGL as kitchen staff. I look forward to being a counselor for the summer of 2022. I love history and politics, and in my spare time I like to read, watch movies and series, and play videogames. I also love to do Tae Kwon Do; I currently hold a second Dan (degree) black belt. I am thrilled to go back to CGL and spend time with everyone!

Cabin Counselor

Roberto G.

2nd Summer

Hello, my name is Ryan 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!

Cabin Counselor

Ryan K.

1st Summer

Hi! I’m Rylie, and I am so excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake! I am currently a first year architecture student at Louisiana State University as well as a babysitter and student worker for LSU’s Disability Services. In my free time, I enjoy drawing and painting, crocheting, hiking, and reading, as well as a million other little hobbies I have picked up over time. I don’t get to leave Louisiana much, so I am super excited to meet campers from around the country. I can’t wait to get to know y’all!

Cabin Counselor

Rylie F.

1st Summer

Hello all, my name is Sam and I am excited to return back for a second year at Camp Granite Lake! I am a Junior at the University of Wisconsin studying Marketing and Digital Media. I’m a big fan of movies and music, as well as all things outdoors. Very much looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones!

Cabin Counselor

Sam S.

2nd Summer

Hi, my name is Seth I’m currently a senior in high school in and will be graduating with my Associates of Arts in May of 2022. I have lived in Colorado my whole life, so I love spending time outdoors. I really enjoy hiking, skiing and swimming. In my free time I’m entertained by playing video games, card games, board games, and watching movies. This will be my 9th summer at Camp Granite Lake and I’m so excited to be back as a counselor this year.

Cabin Counselor

Seth R.

9th Summer

Hello! My name is Trevor and I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I am currently a freshman at the University of Missouri and I am studying Mechanical Engineering. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking, or doing anything outdoors. This will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and I am looking forward to meeting all the awesome campers this summer!

Cabin Counselor

Trevor P.

1st Summer

SUMMER SUPPORT STAFF

Hi! I’m Alexia, I’m from Mexico and I’m currently studying English language teaching at BUAP. I’m a foreign languages lover; In my free time, I enjoy watching TV shows or movies and reading some books, or just spending time with friends and family. This is my second year at Camp Granite Lake. I´m looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends! I cannot wait to live this experience again which is the best options to do in summer!

Kitchen Staff

Alexia C.

2nd Summer

Hello, my name is Andrea, but I prefer being called Andy. I am Mexican and I am studying foreign languages ​​at a university called BUAP. I am excited about my first summer at CGL. I love animals and I love the company of people with a nice vibe. I already want to have amazing experiences this summer!

Kitchen Staff

Andy E.

1st Summer

Hi everyone, my name is Andrés, I’m from Puebla, México, I’m currently studying electronic and telecommunication engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Puebla. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and listening to music. This will be my first year at CGL; I’m super excited to make new friends and have amazing experiences this summer.

Kitchen Staff

Andres F.

1st Summer

Hi my name is Elizabeth and I am from Jalisco, Mexico. At the moment I am studying agronomy. In my free time I love to hang out with my family and friends, draw, I like to cook, be in nature and listen to podcasts and music. I am really excited to spend my next summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am sure it will be an amazing experience where I will make new friendships.

Kitchen Staff

Elizabeth G.

1st Summer

Hi, I’m Julia, I’m excited for my first summer at CGL!!!! I’m from Puebla, Mexico and I’m currently studying Industrial Engineering at ITP. I really enjoy working out, hanging out with my friends and family, playing with my dogs, hiking, cooking, running, crafting, and listening to podcasts. I love being outdoors and learning new things. I hope to make some great memories, have fun, and have good friends.

Kitchen Staff

Julia S.

1st Summer

Hello. I have 13 years of nursing experience and am currently working on my masters for my family nurse practitioner. I am fortunate to have spent one summer at Granite Lake back in 2015 as the nurse and I really enjoyed it. I’ll be bringing my 2 kiddos with me as campers this summer and we couldn’t be more excited. You can typically find me at work, school, soccer fields, or horse stables. In my very limited free time, I enjoy the hiking and biking trails in Northwest Arkansas and also make fiber art and rugs.

Nurse

Maggie G.

2nd Summer

Hi, my name is Omar. I’m a culinary student from Mexico, this is my third 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!

Chef

Omar O.

3rd Summer

Hi! My name is Ricardo, I’m from Puebla. I’m currently studying industrial engineering at ITP, in my free time I play soccer or any sport, play video games, play drums, cycling, hiking. I hope to learn new things to do and learn about different cultures. This is my first time at CGL, I’m so excited to make new friends and unforgettable memories.

Kitchen Staff

Ricardo B.

1st Summer

Hello, my name is Terrie and I will be the camp nurse this summer. I live in a suburb of St Louis, MO and have been a Pediatric nurse for 11 years. I have 4 children, all adults, and 3 grandchildren, all teens. I enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, crafts and woodworking. I am looking forward to being your camp nurse this summer!

Nurse

Terrie D.

1st Summer

I grew up in Colorado out near Aspen, although I have lived in both Tucson and Seattle, but have spent most of my time on earth in Denver. I graduated from culinary school in the summer of 2010 and have been working in restaurants since. Over the last two years I pivoted a bit and I started a small catering/private chef business. Currently my 9-5 is I cook at a fraternity in Boulder.

Kitchen Manager

Trent B.

1st Summer