Koos Kamp, Koosharem, Utah (circa 1969)

This is a recent picture of the Sorenson Ranch School. See if you can find the original lodge! The new large buildings are a barn, classrooms and a gym. View other relatively recent pictures of Koosharem, Grass Valley, and Southern Utah.

Pics from the '70s

Pics from the '80s

Click on any of the brochures below to see more.

Koos Kamp Philosophy

Koos Kamp owners have a faith in God, a faith in people, and a faith in this
free country. We believe young people should have the opportunity to work,
the opportunity for fun, and association with others, and a chance to do
things on their own. We try to give each camper many things to try and
some things to succeed in.

Fireplace Plaque

Welcome here who'er tho art,
if friend we greet thee hand and heart.
If strangers such no longer be,
if foe our love shall conquer thee.

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 school now known as Sorenson's Ranch.

The Koos Kamp experience was pretty unique, but it can be partially summed up by a paragraph from an old Koos Kamp brochure 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.

It is with profound sadness that I inform you that Burnell Sorenson passed away on December 27, 2004. Funeral services were held in Koosharem on Friday, December 31.

Here are some recent pictures of Burnell and Carrol.

Update Log - If you are a returning visitor, here's what's new, listed by the date it was added:

01/06/05 - Bruce Nichols' photo collection







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.

So, Alumni, we can use your help! This site has been put together by Mike Savage with the help of Carrol, Sheila, Sue Ann, and Bruce Nichols. First, send me an email with your contact information. Second, we would like to collect more pictures and remembrances from you, and we need help identifying people and events in the pictures that we have and will post. If you would like to contribute material or just reconnect with the Kamp, please contact me at:


I respond to all alumni messages, but this mailbox gets a lot of spam, so if you don't hear back
from me try replacing the "kooskamp" in the above address with my first name. If you have not heard back from me in the past, please try again. Some day we may actually have a reunion.

This picture was taken early in the camp's history at the "old camp", in the late fifties or early sixties.

View the Koos Kamp photo gallery.