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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

81 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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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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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)!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Brandon28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year volunteering with KOH and I was impressed with the dedication of everyone involved. Everyone put the cause first and stepped up. It was a blessing to share life with these young men for the week, and KOH ensured there were countless opportunities to push our limits. I was humbled to take part and hope to come back next year.

1 Karlpalmberg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor with KOH for two years now. I was amazed to see the progress that many 10 and 11 year old boys are making towards becoming men. In just one week I saw many kids that started out as whinny little boys who were driven to tears by small challenges on Monday become bold young men who began to encourage others by Friday. The camp is professional, well run, well staffed, and a complete blast... and the food is AWESOME!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly an honor and privilege to be associated with Knights of Heroes. Incredible organization that provides these amazing children with positive, adult mentors who challenge and support them throughout the week. The kids push themselves in a variety of activities and further develop friendships and relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime.