Knights Of Heroes Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   134 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health

Location: 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Watching these children take on the challenges presented to them during camp is amazing. It is even more fascinating watching them encourage each other and build lifelong bonds.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Knights of Heroes does it right! Personal connection and mentoring for the kids is foundational and effective with these boys. I've been a volunteer at this camp for four years now, and it's the most impactful week of my year. I'm amazed at the progress the boys make from year to year. The same boy I had four years ago who wouldn't even ride a bike, just hiked 29 miles in four days and crossed the continental divide .... Twice! His confidence and resilience is inspiring and KoH is one of the leading factors in that success.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a mentor for Knights of Heroes for two years and have seen first hand the immense benefit that KoH provides to these kids. It is so much more than just a summer camp. The personal connection the boys make with each other and the mentors lasts all year long. I've watched these boys' confidence visibly increase during the week of high adventure activities each year. In my 12 years of military service, I've never seen a more effective organization that blesses families of the fallen. The personal touch KoH provides to the entire family (Moms, boys, girls and siblings too young for the camp activities) is absolutely unmatched and more beneficial than a simple review can even begin to describe. And the fact that this grass roots organization is 100% donations based is even more incredible based on the unprecedented blessings it provides. Wow.

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

provide more funding so KoH can bring even more families to camp next 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?

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  

As a Youth Mentor for Knights of Heroes (KoH), I've been incredibly impressed at the year-long support KoH provides for the kids. A grass roots organization, this one stands out from the crowd with immense levels of personal support, care and love. Other organizations provide a solitary experience, or give much needed funds - but KoH is the total package deal.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I call this the miracle camp, because I've seen them for the last two years I've been a Mentor. This is a truly impressive forum for kids to have an absolute blast, heal, make lifelong connections, and observe the positive male role modeling that many of them do not have at home. It is an absolute honor and privilege to be associated with such an awesome organization. KOH is worthy of every ounce of time and treasure that comes it's way.

 
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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  

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  

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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