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Knights Of Heroes Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   131 reviews 3,595

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Mental Health

Address:

14960 Woodcarver Road, Suite 119 Colorado Springs CO 80921 USA

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

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Reviews for Knights Of Heroes Foundation

Rating: 5 stars  

I have sent 3 of my 5 children to KOH for summer camp and the entire experience has been life-changing for all of us. The children not only have a blast and do the most amazing things; they also hang with other kids in their same shoes and validate the loss of their father in a way that proves to them that they are not alone. They literally grow in emotional leaps and bounds while they are gone for this week. They develop characteristics like confidence, respect, honesty and integrity. Meanwhile, the mothers get to know each other and share resources, experiences and stories. Many long-lasting bonds are created because of KOH. AMAZING PROGRAM!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to do this type of program for families as well - so many struggle with relationship issues after the loss of a loved one; sometimes it can be as easy as learning to have fun together.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Knights of Heroes is great! The camp is such a great opportunity for the kids to connect with their friends with whom they share a common bond, or make new friends. They experience great adventure activities and learn character-building and leadership skills in a supportive and fun environment. The kids are amazing! It's so rewarding to see them grow up before our very eyes, to become positive and motivated individuals ready to tackle the world. As a mentor, it has been my pleasure to serve and be with the kids for 3 seasons. With consistent support and a commitment to their wellbeing, the mentors can really earn the kids' trust... which happens over time. Once that point is reached, it's so worthwhile to be the one they turn to when they need an answer or some advice. Looking forward to serving Knights of Heroes for years to come!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer more programs or opportunities to meet besides 1 week out of the summer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Knights of Heroes if a fabulous program! It is founded by a strong value system that permeates throughout the whole week of camp and that is one of the main reasons the camp is so worthwhile for the campers and also for the mentors. The kids are terrific and really have a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends. Everyone has a common bond that becomes very solid throughout the week. The camp's mission and the focus on positive behaviors and challenging activities and a faith-filled lifestyle and of course, the resiliency in the kids, are really why it was such a pleasure for me to serve for a second summer. I will return to KOH for as long as I can!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an outstanging organization. This was my first year working with Knights of Heroes and I was impressed witht the entire operation, from the staff to the kids involved. The difference this organization makes in the kids involved is measurable and easy to identify even within a weeks timeframe. The potitive change to the kids involved over a several year time frame is even more impressive. I offer full endorsement of KOH.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my first year volunteering with Knights of Heroes. So far, my perception of the charity is outstanding. The leadership is very transparent with the financials, which is important for me to know and understand that money donated is spent wisely and not wasted in any way.
Most importantly, I have seen already the impact this has on the kids and families that participate. Not only do the children benefit, but this is a great life lesson and experience for the volunteers as well.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my sons second year at the Knights of Heroes camp and he just loves it. He has had phenominal mentors who he has bonded with immediatley and he talks about the friends he made and the cool experiences he had. He has already determined that he wants to go all the way through to the "high-adventure" portion of the program. As for what I have noticed, his confidence level has increased and his leadership qualities have grown. He is learning to work within a team, be a leader, and come up with solutions to problems. Raising a quality teenage boy is a challenge for a single mom because I can't give him that "testosterone male one-on-one time", but this camp offers this experience for him. And I am truly grateful!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my favorite week of the whole year! Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a mentor for this program for two years and in all my years of volunteer work I haven't ever been a part of something this special. This program is more than just a camp, it's a place where young men can come and "live on the wild side" for a full week of adventure in the great outdoors. In a world of 17th place ribbons and video games it's hard for most young people to get actively involved with the world around them. This camp and the mentors involved have created and maintain a place where you don't just go to hang out but more a place where you come to challenge yourself, to face your fears, and to learn the most important values of what it means to be a man of honor and integrity. Having lost my father the year before I came to camp for the first time, it was easy to see and feel the pain these young men felt. To have the connections and guidance they receive through the friendships they build during this one week is astonishing and will provide them with a network of brothers to help them through the toughest of times for the rest of their lives. An experience that should be had by anyone looking to add real value to their life and to the lives of others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A phenomenal camp - provides an incredible opportunity for young men and women to re-focus themselves and each other on positive moral and ethical considerations through fun and engaging activities. I'm a 2-time mentor, and I could not speak more highly of the positive impact this program has on camper lives and mentor well-being - everyone benefits from focusing on what really matters, especially to honor the sacrifices of our nation's best. Find a way to support his program, any way you can!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity provides an incredible experience for young men and women who have had to face challenges out of their control, the loss of their father. The Knights of Heroes encourages goals setting and achievement along with the opportunity to explore their abilities to achieve what they may have never dreamed they could. It's amazing that this organization is run completely by volunteers who give their heart and soul for these children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found this charity by accident. After reading the mission statement I was hooked. As a retired military member unfortunately this issue hits too close to home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to schedule more camp weeks and buy propert for KoH.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

For the 5th year my children have come to Colorado to participate in the Knights of Heroes summer camp program. It is by far the best experience we have had. The staff, the mentors, the volunteers all do an amazing job to bring together these children who have suffered a terrible loss and show them them the traits of perseverance, responsibility, determination, honesty and integrity - all while having a wonderful time in the Colorado wilderness. I am grateful for this experience for my children. Thank you KOH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Knights of Heroes is an amazing week long summer camp opportunity for children who have lost their Dads to military service. I simply can't say enough good things about KOH and what it has meant to our family. My children look forward to it every year and the time spent with their mentors in invaluable. The men and women who work so hard to put this together every year and simply outstanding people. Thank you KOH!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the funds to buy their own land so they could have their own camp each summer instead of having to rent and borrow facilities from other ogranizations

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The opportunities the week of camp with Knights of Heroes provides for my children is invaluable. For them to have the benefit of the outstanding male and female mentors KOH has assembled to help guide and educate our kids is a gift. My children all had fun, but more importantly, I know they grew and learned and are better people for the experience. KOH is making a difference it is making in these kids lives. AS long as they hold the camp, we will keep coming back, and when we are too old to participate as campers, I know my children will want to serve as mentors as well.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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