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Knights of Heroes Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   161 reviews 5,017

Address:

20260 True Vista Cir Monument CO 80132 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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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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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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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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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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  

2 people found this review helpful

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  

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!

 
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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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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  

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)!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Life-changing

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What an honor to spend time with young men whose fathers paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I have mentored the last two camps and am proud of the man my mentee is becoming. During many of our high adventure activities, he showed courage and overcame some personal inhibitions. This 13 year-old ran a mile a day for several weeks in preparation for this year's camp. He came physically and mentally prepared for camp. The administration at KOH is top shelf and I look forward to serving with them for many years to come.

 
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This was our first year attending KOH. My son is 15 and lost his father 8 years ago. It was simply put the most amazing week of both of our lives in a very long while. For the first time I connected with other military widows and felt validated and understood. My son is a changed young man. The amazing activities coupled with the incredible men who volunteered their time have impacted my son tremendously. He is more self confident, more kind, more focused and more mature. The young man I brought home at the end of the week was not the same kid I hugged goodbye to at the beginning of the week. He had an absolute blast and cannot wait to go back next summer. Thank you to every single person associated with KOH for your selflessness and caring. You all have made an absolute difference in our family.

 
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