Koos Kamp, Koosharem, Utah (circa 1969)

Welcome to the Koos Kamp Alumni Website.

Koos Kamp was founded by the Sorenson family in 1959 and has evolved over the years from a summer camp to a Youth Conservation Corp Camp to a therapeutic school now known as Sorenson’s Ranch School.

The Koos Kamp experience was very unique and in a special time and place in the ’60s and ’70s, but it can be partially summed up by a paragraph from Koos Kamp brochures describing the owners’ philosophy and an old Welsh poem that was engraved on a large wooden plaque embedded in the stone fireplace in the lodge.

Ell Sorenson (1935-2024) on “Hawk.”
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Literally thousands of young people have benefited from the Sorensons’ philosophy, love, and way of life. On behalf of the Koos Kamp alumni, I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to the Sorensons, their extended family, and the people of Grass Valley for all that they have done and for sharing their way of life with us.

This site was created by Mike Savage with the help of Carrol, Sheila, Sue Ann, and Bruce Nichols.

Koos Kamp founders – the Sorenson brothers and cousins – Ell is front row, right.

Picture from early in the camp’s history at the “old camp,” in the back of Uncle Milt and Libbie Brindley’s Ranch in Greenwich, Utah, just south of Koosharem, in the late fifties or early sixties.

View the Koos Kamp photo gallery.

View of Koos Kamp in 2002 from the east side of Grass Valley

This is a picture of the Sorenson Ranch School in 2002. See if you can find the original kamp lodge! The new large buildings are a barn, classrooms, and a gym. Sorenson Picture Collection

Mike’s pictures from the 2000s
Mike’s pictures from the 1980s
Mike’s pictures from the 1970s
Bruce Nichols Collection
Pictures of Burnell and Carrol in 2004

Of course, no discussion of Koos Kamp photographs can be without the “Hand of God.” Anybody got any explanations for this? What is it, a double exposure? It appears to be a human hand holding a cloth of some sort, but maybe not. Thoughts?

Brochures and Yearbooks

Trifold Brochure From The Sixties

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Koos Kamp Logbook 1969

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Koos Kamp Koosharem Utah

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KK Ranch Utah

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