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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Counseling, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Knights of Heroes empowers children who have lost their fathers during military service by providing positive adult mentorship, character development, and lasting friendships forged during an annual wilderness adventure camp. KOH hosts families with common losses allowing them to share experiences and build relationships while increasing public awareness and ensuring that families with losses are not forgotten with the passage of time.

Target demographics: The Knights of Heroes program is available to boys and girls who have lost their fathers in miilitary service. It is important that these children share a common bond, so the following eligibility criteria have been established:Father was Active Duty, Reserve or National GuardFather was the legal guardian of the child applying for campMother is not remarried at the start of the child's first year at campMinimum age - children must be 11 years old or have completed the 5th grade

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Participants come from all over the world

Programs: child services, mentorship, friendship, counseling

Community Stories

163 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, As a second year mentor, I have heard first hand the value KOH holds for the kids, and wives, that they serve, from the kids themselves. I have seen the personal growth and healing in the girls. The young women I have spent time with all find friendships and belonging through their shared loss. They find understanding and compassion like no one else can give them that hasn't experienced the same loss. It has been heart warming to watch some of the veteran campers reach out to, befriend, and be a leader to the new campers. There is real love and caring through out the age groups. The activities, mentorship, and lessons planned truly help instill courage, self esteem, confidence, strength, and friendships.
Knowing that this organization is 100% volunteer run...that mentors and helpers are compassionate Christ followers and many military members is just amazing! Seeing God's grace firsthand and having the "funnest" week of my year is awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization produces results that I've seen first hand. The young men and women who progress through the organization not only grow into positive and confident young adults, they too return to the organization to give back and pay it forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my third year as a volunteer mentor for the organization. Every year is an extremely rewarding experience, but more importantly, the clearly visible positive growth in the kids from year to year is outstanding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had the opportunity to participate in the Girl's Program this year at KOH and she had a magnificent time! She was enabled to try activities she didn't have the chance to do before and she was able to realize her full potential is limitless. It really boosted her confidence with all the positivity and motivation the staff provided her and how friendly all the campers were. She can't wait to return next year to push herself even more with new skills and challenges!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to be a mentor at KOH for 2 years and a volunteer for the last 4 years. It is an organization that is truly dedicated to these kids and I wouldn't think twice about supporting them in any way I could. The camp is run by high values and standards, creating a safe and supportive environment for the campers to share common loss, while still encouraging campers to believe that despite what they feel, they can push beyond their limits to achieve amazing things. This is the most incredible organization and resilient group of kids I've ever met. They continue to amaze me each year!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was year 5 of volunteering and serving as a mentor and again loved it so much. It really is one of my favorite weeks because it is such a great thrill to see the campers return year after the year and see the growth and maturity of each one. It's great to learn how they applied lessons and set and achieved goals during their school year, or learn how their year was and what challenges they faced and overcame. Really great to see their enthusiasm for reconnecting with their friends and other mentors who love them unconditionally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes continues to wow me! It's always such a tiring week, but also hugely uplifting, and I always look forward to it each year. This was my 4th year serving as Mentor and each year the experience becomes more rewarding because of the connections we can make with returning campers who are growing up. There is a lot of value in consistent service and that consistency breeds trust which really benefits the kids. And, they are amazing! What a resilient, positive and involved group of kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

One month shy of the first anniversary of their father's death, my 14 and 15 year old daughters were able to attend the Knights of Heroes camp. They had a wonderful time, developed leadership skills and bonds with fellow campers who've experienced a similar loss. They returned for the second time this year and had another amazing, life-changing experience. Thank you so much to Steve Harrold and the KOH staff!

Serkiss24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of heroes taught me that I can do anything If I believe and put my mind to it. It truely is the best week of my year for this past couple years. I literally cry on the way home to my house on the car ride home because the love and support is so strong at camp. You grow close with people so fast which is unbelievable. I didn't think I would ever find a support system, someone anyone to understand the loss of my dad. But I did I found many leaders for guidance . Makes me want to be a better Me because I've been pushed to those limits and know I can go beyond them everyday. Thank you so much to the mentors for listening, a shoulder to cry on, a sarcastic joke to laugh at, and most importantly that you believe in me even when I didn't. I struggled a lot this past year with my grief and for a while I didn't think I was going to make it but you gave me that extra boost to keep trying when things get rough. Because boy every activity was rough I wanted to give up but I never did ,mainly because you all wouldn't let me, and that I can find another path. Look at something in a new light and know that the end result is worth it. I'm going to get my act straight and go to class more research colleges, army possible, workout and be the best possible Me I can be. I don't know how I'm going to make it this year but Koh has given me the support and tools to do it on my own. So thank you again knights of Heroes for being my rock when mine could no longer support me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love knights of heroes so much. I've been going since the girls camp opened and I have grown so much from it each year. It is the highlight of my year and I hate leaving. I've built many long term friendships. I push myself to the max at every activity we do such as rock climbing, I put my everything in to getting to the top by pulling myself up 3 times just by my finger tips. This camp has helped me grow into the young women I am today. I get to be myself at camp and relax. KOH is just so much fun and I am honored to be able to go every year.

sidv8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with KOH for 10 years now. I have watched young boys who were hurting and lost grow into young men with direction and principles. This camp puts obstacles to be overcome in front of each camper and through this teaches them that life can be tackled one step at a time. The camp also pairs campers with men and women of character who truly care about each and every child. These "mentors" work through their example to instill the core values of KOH in each camper. No better Nonprofit out there for helping Gold Star Kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 7th year supporting this great organization. I have had the pleasure of watching young men enter our program and find a sene of fulfilment and purpose as they step through our basic and "high adventure" programs. I have watched them build life long frenships with others in their same situation as well as with the mentors that serve. There is not a single paid possiton in this organization, every minute of work is done on a volunteer basis, the volunteers actualy spend their own money and use their personal leave time to participate in this grand endevor.

Anna119

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An absolutely amazing nonprofit organization providing children with the necessary mentoring, fellowship and community, all while experiencing stunning and rugged Colorado ! The KOH campers leave camp with a sense of adventure, freedom, bravery, and a heightened self-worth! They also learn to listen to their peers and offer support and comfort! It's an amazing experience for everyone involved with the camp, from the campers, the mentors, the activity leads, the kitchen staff, and the mothers (when they see their kids return rejuvenated and empowered)!

Rosanna P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had his first KOH experience this year. His father and his uncle gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country when he was a few months shy of 1. These were the two best men in our life and family who are not able to be here to instill the manly values in my son. In all the years that I have been raising him, I have not been able to give him what KOH has given him in just one week. We have had a tough year as he is entering his teens, I have been frustrated and worried about his future as a man but, KOH has impressed upon him some great values and skills with great role models and all around amazing experience in just one week. I look forward to next year and the great things to come from my son. If he turns out to be half the man his father was, the world will be a better place. Thank you KOH for this experience for myself and my son too.