Camp Granite Lake


Spend this summer in the mountains of Colorado playing a positive role in a child's life!

Camp Granite Lake is summer camp for children ranging in ages from 2nd-9th grade. We are committed to creating a supportive, inclusive community where campers can build close connections with their peers, counselors, and the natural world around them.

We are located at 9,000 feet in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Less than an hour from Denver and Boulder, we have a beautiful 135 acre property.

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About Camp Granite Lake

Camp Granite Lake offers 20-day sessions for campers finishing 2nd-9th grades, where they make lifelong memories and friends while enjoying the magic of summer camp in the mountains. We offer tons of great activities, including: sailing, backpacking, rock climbing, arts and crafts, nature and ecology, hiking, theatre, culinary arts, archery, boating, music, stand-up paddleboarding, woodworking and more!

We view our activities as a means to an end, the end being that it doesn't matter so much what you do, but that you do it in an inclusive, non-competitive community, and that you make meaningful connections with people and nature. 

We are looking for staff members who are interested in helping us build a supportive community; who are willing to work hard, and create an environment where the decisions we make while at camp and on time off are made with our responsibility to the campers in mind.  



Working at camp is an incredibly special job, and this may never hold more true than in 2021.  Like many of you (and us) , COVID has kept our campers out of school, away from friends, and has cancelled many events they look forward to, including summer camp in 2020.  We feel it’s as important as ever for our campers to be around their friends, outside in the mountains, and with great role models like our staff.  

Each of us wishes we could flip a switch and that the world would go back to our pre-COVID ‘normal’. However, the truth is, it’s likely going to take extra precautions, commitment, and sacrifice from our team to be able to safely serve our campers (and staff) next summer.  

As a camp, we have already taken a number of steps: 


  • We have modified our summer schedule to offer two 3-week sessions, reducing the amount of check ins and outs from eight to four. 
  • We are likely requiring that our campers limit their social interactions for 10-days prior to arriving at camp.
  • We are likely requiring that all staff get tested prior to arriving at camp, and we may provide tests throughout staff training.
  • We are prepared to split campers and staff into pods with their own dining areas, common spaces etc. if need be.
  • We will be looking at and addressing ventilation in our buildings 

Lastly, for 2021, we are requiring that our counseling staff remain at camp or with camp personnel during time off. 

What does this look like for you as a staff member?  It means no restaurants, bars, sporting events, big crowds, visits from family or driving to town on your own during time off.  It means being willing to sacrifice for the health and safety of our overall community.  

We know this is a huge ask, and we don’t take it lightly.  Time off is essential and important to your well being, and we are preparing to offer you TONS of things you CAN do!

For starters, we are going to hire a ‘Camp RA’.  Like an RA in college dorms, their job will be to help take good care of you.  

Among the things they’ll do are: 


  • Set up fun events for your time off like picnics in local parks, hikes at local trailheads and rock climbing on our bolted natural rock climbing site.
  • Help arrange rides to the store so you can pick up things you may need
  • Make sure your staff lounge has food and drinks for you to relax with

Additionally, you’ll have access to high speed internet in our staff lounge and be able to explore and camp on our 135-acre property.   

This is just a starting point, and we will talk even more in depth about our policies during the interview process.  I’ll also be happy to answer any and all questions you have about 2021, and camp in general.  

Throughout this page, our website and our hiring packet, you'll learn more about Camp Granite Lake.  It’s a summer full of friendship, kindness, hard work, time in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and playing a positive role in the life of children.  Just typing that description gives me lots of hope for 2021 after the stress and challenges we have all faced in 2020.  

Thank you so much for your interest, 

The Employee Experience

Our staff members play an integral role in providing a fun, enriching and memorable experience for our campers. We value staff members who are willing to commit themselves to a summer living in a supportive, un-plugged community, focused on building positive relationships with campers and peers, and creating a connection with the natural world around them. We train and empower our staff with skills and memories they can take back with them to their lives at home. 

Ideal Candidate

Camp Granite Lake staff play the ultimate role in supporting CGL’s philosophy and program. They are committed 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.  They are willing to work hard, really hard, and to create a ‘kid first’ environment where the decisions we make day to day, in and out of camp, reflect a commitment to our campers experience.  

Room and Board

We provide room and board to all staff. Counselors live in a cabin with 6-14 campers, and 1-2 fellow staff. Kitchen and maintenance staff will live in a cabin with other staff. All accommodations are 'rustic' style, however are quite cozy, and a great place to sleep while in the Colorado forest!

Employee Perks

  • Be a member of an inclusive, supportive camp community!
  • Gain valuable experience - we love writing recommendations for great staff members!
  • Live, work, and play in the outdoors!
  • Explore Colorado; all staff get time off weekly!
  • Make new friends!
  • Access to Pro-Deal discounts
  • Most importantly: play a positive role in a campers life!​​

Getting Here and Getting Around

Camp Granite Lake is located approximately 35 minutes from Boulder, and 50 minutes from Denver. Many staff drive or carpool to camp, others fly into Denver International Airport (we can provide transportation from the airport to camp!). Camp is in a remote setting, however, is in proximity to Boulder, Denver, and rest of the Front Range. Many staff carpools together on evenings and days off. 

For Fun

We are located in close proximity to great hiking in Roosevelt National Forest, Indian Peaks Wilderness, and Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as world class climbing in Clear Creek and Boulder Canyon.  


How to Apply

3/19/21 Update: At this time we are still hiring for a female rock climbing counselor, male cabin counselors, chefs, and a Director of Staff Life!

Before applying, please read out hiring packet .  Once you have read the packet, you can apply by completing our staff application.  Once we have received your application, we will reach out to schedule an interview if your qualifications meet our needs.  Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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