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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

180 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

All three of my children love Knights of Heroes! They all really needed this so much! To have a mentor that spends time with them and does challenging activities with them that a father would be doing with them. Also, to be around other kids who understand how they feel means more than words could ever say. It meant so much to me to be able to spend time and to be able to connect with the other mothers/widows who were there while our kids were at camp. My children and I am so very grateful to you all for making this happen! The kids came back with so much more self-confidence in themselves all around and they were so happy! One of my sons was so sad to leave that he had tears in his eyes saying good bye to his mentor.

Thank you so much,
Stacy W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe how important this program is to growing and developing young men of character who have the confidence to face their fears in a world filled with significant and diverse social challenges. When, at the end of a camp week, you firmly shake hands and converse with a confident and smiling boy who only days before would look at the ground, not engage any of his peers, and mentally refuse to engage any fears; you know you are a part of something special.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year. I could never have understood the true impacts of warfare on military families without having been part of this incredible program. Some of my one-on-one conversations during the week were more intense than I could have ever imagined - it is clearly evident these boys are dealing with traumatic and unexpected experiences that may take many years to get over. Our charge was not to replace their fathers but rather to challenge these kids, listen, and to exemplify strength of character. My family is dedicated to helping these children in their journeys to adulthood and becoming productive members of society.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been life changing for my son and I!!! I always look back to the first day that I left my son at camp four years ago! He was so painfully shy and couldn't even look his mentors in the eyes. I was afraid to leave him! He tried everything that first year but, couldn't physically finish most things. This year he completed a 29 mile hike!! If I could say one important thing about this organization, it is that it teaches these kids to work for what they want. Along with years of encouragement from many mentors, my son is constantly working on his shortcomings throughout the year so that he can accomplish things at camp. He looks forward to the challenge and he looks forward to seeing his new family all year long. So, it's not just a camp, it's a challenge and truly sets it apart from any other camp for children of the fallen. It has changed my shy little boy into an amazing young man. He is a go getter!! He is almost an Eagle Scout, a straight A student, and active in church. He doesn't have his father but, now he has many amazing men in his life. I can't thank you enough KOH.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a five year mentor, the impact on the kids is evident as they grow each year. Great organization, great leadership!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has attend Knights of Heroes for several years now. This camp gives him experiences he would otherwise not have had as a result of the loss of his father in Afghanistan. It also gives him an opportunity to bond with other boys who have suffered a loss because of the war on terror. Some of the benefits of this camp for my son have been an increase in self-confidence, sense of belonging, and an appreciation of others through service work. KOH plans fun activities, helps them give back through the service projects, and provides many volunteer mentors who support and look after our kiddos while at camp. This is a great organization and am very thankful for the opportunities they have awarded my son.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are an Army GoldStar family. I have two young boys. My fellow GoldStar family told me about Knights of Heroes and referred us to attend the camp. My oldest son had a week of fun filled experience at camp. He did a lot of activities that his Dad would have done with him like hiking, rafting, archery and other outdoor fun. It helped him build his confidence and strength. My younger son and I also enjoyed our time there. They had so many activities to do. I appreciate everything that Knights of Heroes do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the seventh year my children have attended KOH. I simply can't say enough great things about KOH and the work they do. The opportunity to be with other children who share the same loss.... being with amazing and supportive mentors who encourage them to be responsible and courageous.....being outdoors and doing things most of them don't get to do at home..... the list goes on. Thank you KOH.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Dawn Rowe

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has had the single most impact on both of my children. My children have attended other groups for KIA survivors, but Knights of Heroes has provided 10 years of consistent mentorship. It's not just one week of camp, it's relationships that have been built so these kids have role models and people they are accountable to, which is very important in the teen years. They reach out to their mentors during the year, and these relationships have created a support network that my kids rely upon during the tougher times in life.

Knights of Heroes and its impact on my kids is profound...they are stronger, more self-assured, more compassionate people because of this organization. It's not just a week at camp doing fun things, it's a week of growth that facilitates a year's worth of self-confidence, as well as life-long friendships with other kids whose fathers have been killed.

Lastly, they stretch every penny they receive and use it more wisely than any non-profit I have ever seen. They are incredibly appreciative of any and all donations...be it monetary or in-kind. People often wonder if their donations are being used wisely, and from my 10 years of experience with them, they do a fantastic job!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my children attend Knights of Heroes as campers. This was their 9th year with the program, and they continue to benefit from it and the LOVE it! The camp connects them with other kids who have experienced a similar loss, and it provides them consistent mentoring year after year. While no one or group can take the place of their father, Knights of Heroes has filled a part of that void for both of my kids, and it wonderful way to show them there are so many Americans who recognize their loss and are trying help. I am so blessed and thankful to have the KOH volunteers as a part of our lives!

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Kip S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 3rd year volunteering and the organization gets better every year. It is fun to see the growth in kids from year to year as they face newer and harder challenges.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second year volunteering at this camp. Excited that the camp now is on it's own property! It was great to see how the lessons of Rising Up and facing challenges and fears learned by the boys last year had influenced their lives over the year. They returned more confident and prepared to take on life. The influence of this camp is felt year long for these boys and the benefits will ripple through society as they mature and become leaders.

Heather Reilly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor now for 3 years! It is the most rewarding and fun week of my year. KOH, and these awesome kids, have taught me the true cost of military service and the price of giving the last "full measure". I always thought I "knew" about it, but until KOH, I never experienced it on a certain level and didn't truly "know". I have also come to know the strength in young people's spirit and have been deeply moved by it. The beauty, strength, and resiliency of kids who have lost their fathers is a powerful and painful force. Seeing the relationships these kids forge with others like them who share in that common great loss is a beautiful thing to witness, the friendships they develop even more so. KOH has helped countless kids on their journey of dealing with the loss of their fathers and moving forward with belief in themselves and their abilities, with knowledge of others that care for them, and love and support them, and that they will always have someone to lean on or call if need be. KOH instills in these kids that they are stronger than they know, that they are "enough" just the way they are, that there are others that care about their development as young men and women of community, and want to teach them many things that their dad would have. KOH introduces the great outdoors to many kids, and builds that love and respect of the world around them, and hopefully instills an appreciation for, or love of, nature. KOH also emphasizes the importance of giving back, and reaching back to help the next one along...so many kids graduate camp and come back to mentor--it's an amazing, beautiful process!

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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

I have been involved with KOH since 2011 and each year I have witnessed it change lives, for both the kids and the volunteers. This organization is nothing short of amazing and I am glad to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After having worked with Knights of Heroes as a mentor and now a shotgun instructor for the past eleven years, my feelings about this organization remain unchanged. The Knights of Heroes Foundation is, by far, the finest non-profit organization in this great Country. To see the faces of young boys and girls light up, after accomplishing things they never felt they could, is reward beyond expression.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was hard to believe that it had been ten years since the first KOH Camp, but it has been. The excitement and enthusiasm of the boys and girls was just as high as it has always been. They were all were looking forward to the activities of the week. Their smiles and excitement conveyed the message to everyone involved that we are doing a good thing. The Knights of Heroes' new camp site, while still a gem in the rough, met and surpassed all expectations. With the support of wonderful people who truly care, it will soon become the perfect place for deserving families to enjoy year-round.

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sidv8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of being associated with Knights of Heroes for 11 years. I have literally watched young boys grow into men and move into higher education or the work force. KOH provides much needed mentorship to boys and girls who have lost a Military parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. Surviving parents have seen incredible improvement immediately after and in the time between camp. I am a strong believer in KOHs methods and results. Rise Up!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my children have benefitted from this camp. The staff exceeds expectations and truly care about all the children. They have happily stepped in to fulfill that father figure role model these children lost when their fathers died in the military. I was happy with the mission, their goals and how my son benefitted last year that I turned around and made my own donation to the camp. I am truly thankful for Steve and the Knights of Heroes Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is an amazing camp for my kids to be able to experience all the things that their daddy would have done with them if he was still here. They come home feeling confident and so proud of themselves for all they have accomplished and also are comforted knowing they are not alone, and get to spend time with other children who have also lost their parent.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes Foundation has been such a blessing to my three children. They look forward to camp each year. The children have made life-long friends through Knights of Heroes. All of the children have suffered the loss of a parent in the military, so the children share a common bond. The mentors for both the boys camp and the girls camp are amazing people. They are fantastic role models for the kids to look up to. Knights of Heroes Foundation is just wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Knights of Heroes Foundation is an amazing organization! They go out of their way to make sure the children of our fallen military are cared for and not forgotten. Knights of Heroes is a week-long camp that my three children look forward to all year. My children have strong bonds with both the mentors and fellow campers. The mentors are such wonderful examples for the children to follow and aspire to be like as they grow. We feel extremely blessed to be a part of this outstanding group!

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Leanne7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my son's favorite camp. He is learning so much and is able to learn and do things that I am unable to teach. I have seen such growth, maturity and learning leadership skills that is setting him up for a successful future. I cannot say enough good things about this camp. He gets to go on adventures he and his dad would have gone on. Thank you Knights of Heroes for giving my son this wonderful experience

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my son's second year attending Knights of Heroes. His confidence and self esteem was boosted as he faced his fears and conquered them. His desire to help others and work as a team is evident with his willingness to help out more around the house. He was so excited to reunite with his mentor and friends from last year and to make new friends this year. This camp gives my son the ability to participate in activities that are either not available in our area or that I am unable to do with him. This camp is a camp he is so excited for and at the end he doesn't want to leave. We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers who make this week of camp a memorable and fun one.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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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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