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  

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  

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  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter attended camp again this year and had a FANTASTIC time! She said it's fun retreat with so many exciting activities. Shooting, hiking, camping, river rafting, horseback riding...she loved everything! The place where they stay is comfortable and very nice, so for a girl, it's the best of both worlds. Many thanks to Knights of Heroes for bringing other girls together who have experienced the same type of loss so they can bond together. They have made friendships that will last a lifetime.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was the 6th year my children have been able to attend this fantastic camp! My son attends the boys' camp, and my daughter the girls'. They both look forward to the camp more than anything all year long. The benefits of the camp are two-fold for our family. First, it allows my children to go and experience activities they would not otherwise have an opportunity to do. Second, it is the only place where they are around other children who have experienced the same type of loss, and that is very comforting for them to know they aren't alone in their journey without a father. The mentors who guide and watch over our children do so with a tremendous amount of love and patience, and their influence upon our children stays throughout the year. We absolutely love this organization!

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

Nothing!

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  

Knights of Heroes gives my children the opportunity to connect with adult mentors through fun Colorado outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking. The mentors/volunteers involved in the camp are exceptional. Their commitment to my children extend throughout the year, not just during summer camp. My daughter has just returned from her 4th year of camp and my son his 3rd. Because of this foundation my children have had the opportunity to bond with other teens who have lost a parent that served in the military. What I personally admire about KOH, as a mom, are the values they strive to instill into all of their campers…responsibility and leadership to name a few. I also like that KOH includes a community service project during camp to "give back" and the kids that age out of the program are encouraged to return as junior mentors. Pure greatness!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is a blessing to my family! My kids look forward to their week at camp all year long. They have gained lifelong friendships, confidence, and so much more from the wonderful people from knights of heroes.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Knights of Heros was such a wonderful experience for myself and my children. This was our first year coming to this camp, and look forward to returning in the upcoming years. My children lost their father 4 years ago, and the opportunity for them to bond with other children and learn lifelong skills by the mentors is priceless. My daughter came home with not only a smile on her face but more confident and a sense of accomplishment. I can't say enough about the dedication and kindness the mentors showed to the kids and our entire family. We really feel as if they welcomed us into a new family.

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

Nothing, it was wonderful

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?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was my son's second year in this wonderful program. He entered with low self-confidence and is now blossoming into a self-reliant young man. Every year he is making goals and continuing to strive for more. I feel confident that he will enter the world with the faith based foundation he needs to succeed and rise above the challenges life gives him. There isn't enough room on this form to tell you what this program means to our family. Thank you Knights of Heroes!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Knights of Heroes has been instrumental in helping my boys connect with other boys and girls who have lost their fathers in the military. KOH teaches the boys the traits and qualities of a modern day knight. They also inclue outdoor camping and activities while making lifelong mentors. This organization is a God send for my family!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing experience for my daughter! Although they can never replace her father, the mentors and staff have given her hope, courage and a firm foundation on which to build an amazing future. My husband would have been so proud!

 
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