Knights Of Heroes Foundation

Rating: 4.99 stars   125 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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  

Serving as a mentor for KOH is probably the greatest service I have provided to my country that has included a 22 year career in the US military. To be able to give something back to the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is the least I can do. The mentors I served with in KOH are some of the finest individuals I have ever met, 100% volunteers of their time and resources to a program they all believe in. This year I had the pleasure of watching numerous campers exceed personal goals that they had set for themselves by overcoming their fears with the encouragement of mentors and a new belief in their own abilities. Counting the days until KOH 2016...

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Rating: 5 stars  

Watching men come alongside these boys to spend the week with them mimics the service their fathers so freely gave. This program honors their family's sacrifice.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my 3rd year as a mentor for the girls program. Not only is this foundation remarkably well run and organized, the people involved as mentors and organizers all do so altruistically - NONE of us are paid. We do this because giving back to the children of our fallen heroes is a very, very small price to pay as compared to their fathers. I will gladly be exhausted for a week to possibly make a small difference in just one child's life. These people have become like a family to me. To Gold Star Families who are not yet involved: please, please, please consider trusting us with your child(ren). It WILL change them for the better. And for anyone who wants to support a worthy cause, I don't know of any other organization under which the largest portion of your money donated goes directly to these children. There is no huge staff of paid personnel. It's almost exclusively mentors and volunteers. Amazing camp, amazing people, amazing all the way around. I will be back for a 4th year of mentoring next year for sure! RISE UP!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been with KOH since the beginning. The opportunity to watch the boys and girls blossom into young men and women is extremely rewarding to me personally. My prayer is that they have also benefitted from my small contribution. This is, without question, one of the finest organizations in the country. When one considers that all of the men and women serving as mentors all volunteer and cover all of their own expenses speaks volumes for the character of this great country. May God bless KOH and all associated with it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The boys and girls attending the KOH camps are challenged by the activities. They receive the encouragement of their mentors and the other campers to far exceed what they perceive to be their limitations. I personally watched several boys and girls who had never even held a firearm, I run the shotgun range, reluctantly take the shotgun in their hands and hit the target. Each time, the experience of succeeding at something they had never before attempted before brought a huge smile to their face and the desire to do it again. One young man enjoyed the experience so much that he returned to the range seven times. The same results occur throughout the week on the rock climbing cliff faces, obstacle courses, fishing and numerous other activities they have to experience, often times for the very first time. They gain self respectand pride in themselves. They develop new and lasting friendships and the sense that they are not alone and that people, their peers, their mentors and others they encounter truely do care about them.

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

Leave it alone, it is working.

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  

This year was my seventh year as a volunteer at the KOH camp. The experience is always personally rewarding and the knowledge that I am able to enable a boy or girl to participate in something new is gratifying. It is exhilarating to see the expressions of joy on ther faces when they accomplish something they were either afraid to try or didn't think they could do.

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

...do nothing, it is great as is.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my first year as a mentor and it has changed my life. It was one of the most impactful weeks in my life. I worked with some of most extraordinary men that significantly care about these boys. In addition, I was able to achieve some personal goals of mine like rock climbing. I will be back next year!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Greatest camp I have ever been a part of. I volunteered as a mentor and saw awesome changes in these boys whose fathers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. From the equipment to the adventures to the training, this camp is truely world class

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