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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

237 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

chestercrew

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a boys’ mentor with Knights of Heroes for a number of years now and I have never in my life heard of or seen another organization quite like this one. The positive impact KOH has on these kids is beyond words. The group of mentors is the most impressive bunch of fellas I’ve ever worked with. I’ve watched boys come up through KOH from year one through graduation and the transformation in their life is unreal. Terrified, angry and confused youths are transformed into courageous, mature and bold men who often are already impacting the world around them for good. I am honored to be a part of Knights.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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NinaM.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've known about KOH for a few years now and heard so many amazing stories, This was my first year participating in a event which was the Grad Retreat! I had an Incredible time from the moment I arrived. I didn't feel out of place as there were other young adults there as well. It is amazing what this organization offers and provides for the Children of the fallen heroes. From day one the staff members were always there for us and listened to what we had to share. KOH is defiently a family i want to continue top be apart of.

Katherine L.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I truly had a unique experience with the Knights of Heroes. The KOH retreat brought other children of fallen heroes from all over the country to meet in Colorado on their piece of land. Being away from everyday distractions like technology allowed all of us to focus on challenging activities or conversation pieces that were tailored to our needs. Instead of being defined by our loss, the KOH is encouraging its campers to keep growing and making the best out of their circumstances. They may not be able to take the place of our lost parents, but they create a support group of adults and children who are rooting for each others success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was invited to go on a grad retreat through this organization, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but WOW was it awesome. It was so comforting to be surrounded by so many people that understood my situation. We were able to support each other and endure an awesome experience in the beautiful state of Colorado!! From white water rafting to late night discussions on identity I am truly grateful to have been apart of this retreat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Gold Star child and I have been attending this camp for over a decade; I now return as staff and help where I can. This is easily the best nonprofit organization I have ever encountered. Over the years, the countless outdoor activities like rock climbing, water rafting, and archery have forged me into a strong, confident person, despite the loss of my father. Through this camp, I have found connections with other Gold Star children, which has created numerous deep friendships. Having this support system is what gets me through the tough days. In addition to friendships, the KOH staff has also come to play an extremely important role in my life. I look up to each and every one of them; their strong morals and authentic passion for serving others guides me when I need it the most. I couldn't imagine my life without this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 2006, my dad died in a jet crash. He was a great Navy pilot and more importantly, a great dad. I was 5 years old at the time and I am now 18. The Knights of Heroes graduate retreat was the first time I was around people my age who are in my situation. This camp has given me great friends, mentors, and memories. It made me feel like I belong somewhere and I have a group of people who understand my struggles on a personal level. This camp has truly changed my life for the better and I am so thankful for it.

Mike B.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing to see an organization so committed to supporting and loving on families that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. The boys and girls are part of a community that helps them grow to be wonderful men and women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Humbled to be part of such an amazing group of individuals. I love seeing the bond built between the campers and their mentors. The activities the kids engage in are tremendous - I love seeing the campers expand their limits!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of heroes is an amazing camp. I remember my first year I was scared to go, but now I made family and friends forever. The activities are super fun ...some of the activities are shotgun shooting, Throwing tomahawks and knives, archery, canoeing and White water rafting. The mentors there are very helpful, kind, nice, and respectful The mentors help us fight through the grief of our fathers. Knights of heroes is the best camp I have ever been to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great camp that I really enjoy, it really helps me to strengthen myself mentally along with physically and it has done so much for me as a young man

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes has been an answered prayer for my family. My boys learn how to become men through the leadership of the mentors and they build self confidence from tackling outdoor skills among the camaraderie of other boys who’ve faced similar loss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year I am more and more amazed with the evolution of this camp and how it positively shapes so many young men and women. It is very clear Steve, Eric, Kerri, the Board of Directors, and many volunteers are committed to growing and improving the camp's infrastructure and number of opportunities for children to experience exciting (and many times scary:) challenges in a safe environment. Over the past seven years, I have seen boys who could barely look you in the eye, shake your hand, make small talk, or face any challenge without a "melt down," mature into confident and responsible young men who are well on their way to being future leaders of character in their families and communities.

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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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1 3MNHills

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is an amazing camp that provides incredible opportunities to kids who have lost a dad in the military. For my two boys (who had just turned 3 and 5 when their dad died), has not only been a great way to connect with some of the outdoor things their dad used to do with them, but it has also given them a chance to be around strong male figures. The staff push the campers to challenge themselves and get outside of their comfort zones. As a result, my boys have left camp with more self confidence, excitement for the outdoors, and a fantastic support system. For that, I am extremely grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly can't say enough about how wonderful this organization is!! This was our first year attending and we all had a blast! As a single mother raising two boys on my own, there are just certain things I can't provide, and one is that fatherly bond. This camp strives to fill in some of that gap, and for my boys, that goal was accomplished! At the camp, KOH gives them a mentor who they spend one-on-one quality time with through the week. Mentors push these kids out of their comfort zones not only to have some fun experiences, but also as a way to build mental strength and confidence. The kids are challenged in a healthy and safe environment. What I love is that KOH is helping teach my boys how to be strong, confident, and respectful MEN. It is a beautiful thing to see and something I will always be grateful for!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my son's fourth year and my daughter's second year attending KOH. It was also the first year they attended without me accompanying them. The attention to detail and organization of getting the kids from the airport to camp and back again was phenomenal. I had zero worries. My son attended as graduate staff since he recently graduated high school. This was a perfect opportunity for him to feel accomplished and useful helping out with the running of the camp and bonding with other guys his same age. I continually see him return home from KOH stronger, braver, more independent and more thoughtful about the direction of his life. He saw himself as being more trustworthy and purposeful. He knows more is expected of him and he brings that attitude home. I am so grateful to all the staff and mentors who encourage him and praise him for his role at camp.
This was my 16 year old daughter's second year attending. She hasn't stopped talking about all the amazing experiences she had. With a history of anxiety, depression and struggles she comes home from KOH so much stronger, sure of herself, capable and thoughtful. She is able to get herself through struggles and has learned to turn towards strong calming women for advice and encouragement. The mentors at KOH are incredible. I never for one moment worried for her safety or happiness. My girl climbs mountains now, opens up to others, challenges herself daily and has lifelong friends who truly care. I am so thankful to KOH, Steve Harrold and everyone associated with this beautiful organization. It is a beautiful gift they all give to our family every year. I can't recommend KOH enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my 17 year old son's third year and my 15 year old daughter's first year attending KOH. They had a blast and are still talking about their week. My son moved into a junior mentorship role this year and this brought out so many amazing qualities in him. He is more helpful, more kind, more patient and has a heart that wants to give back now. He acts with more purpose now and looks forward to what he is going to do with his life. What a gift to watch your son behave more like a respected man and to hear the great things all the mentors had to say about him. My daughter has struggled with depression and anxiety for several years and this was her first year that she was able to attend. She blossomed at camp and watched herself conquer mountains, rivers, horseback riding and her emotions. Her mentor was phenomenal and caring. She and my daughter formed a great friendship and it was fantastic hearing my daughter talk to me about her joy and her increased self confidence. Best week ever! Thank you to every single person who made this week possible. Completely recommend KOH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was our families first experience with Knights Of Heroes and I have to say that it was well beyond our expectations. My husband and I always wanted to teach our children the importance of character, service, and life skills. We wanted to walk along with them to teach key skills that help them become contributing members of society who embody kindness, faith, and generosity. When I lost my husband those values did not die- however it became my responsibility. Knights of Heroes is an organization that walks with families of the fallen. They know the hearts and desires of the families and they take the values that are important in life and spend time one on one with the children to nurture them. They instill self-confidence, service, team-work as well as friendship, and mentorship- all while learning to shoot, rock climb, and throw tomahawks. They take special consideration to choose activities that would traditionally be taught by fathers and give these kids the opportunity to be kids. My son was not the same when he returned from the camp. Even in just one week I can see how his confidence and desire to be a better person has increased. I cannot thank KOH enough and I feel so blessed to be apart of this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was our first year in participating with Knights of Heroes. My 11 and 13 year old boys had a fantastic experience. They had the opportunity to bond with mentors who had graduated from the program and form friendships with other boys whose dads have died in the military. The activities KOH exposes the kids to are fantastic. All while building strong character and teaching responsibility, leadership, and emphasizing a strong moral compass. There are simply some things, as a sole parent, that I just can't teach my children. Having the support of an organization like Knights of Heroes to teach my kids real life skills that their dad himself would have otherwise taught them, while boosting their self confidence is absolutely priceless. I can't say enough about the KOH organization and the positive influence they are having on my kids!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three of my four children have now attended this incredible camp. Knights of Heroes has been a powerful influence in their lives since the death of their father. I could tell a hundred stories about the amazing people that have loved on my kids, the experiences they’ve had, and the lessons they’ve learned.
My oldest son is at an age where a young man really needs his Dad. I am so thankful for the ways KOH has stepped into that gap for him and has given him something he truly loves and looks forward to. This summer was my younger daughters first time as a camper. When I picked her up she told me that she loved the week because it felt so good to be around other kids that understood her. Knights of Heroes has been instrumental in helping our family navigate moving forward in life with our grief, while connecting with other families going through our same circumstances.
It is an unbelievable blessing to be able to send my children at no cost because of the generous individuals and companies funding Knights of Heroes. That gift is not taken for granted. I love that the kids take time during their week at camp to write thank you notes to everyone involved as well as participate in a service project to give back to the camp.
The kids going through this program are grateful and compassionate and become mentors themselves after learning the importance of serving others.
Knights of Heroes is a unique and special place doing incredible work in families’ lives. We are so thankful!

Alyssa Murphy Alt G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of heroes has been an instrumental organization in offering summer camps that help facilitate the development of character and resilience in my children after the loss of my husband. They pair each one of my sons with a mentor and challenge them to overcome obstacles while developing a sense of camaraderie with kids who are just like them. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this camp and what it does to make an impact!

2 Soynika LivingwithPurpose B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words can’t explain how much this program mean to me and my 4Boys this was our 1st year and my 1st time hanging with my 2little Sons while the 2 older sons camp with the Knights and Heroes I must say our week was eventful and memorable myself and 2 little sons had the opportunity to White water raft for the 1st time in our lives and I must say it was breathtaking and a enjoyable ride to remember My 2 little ones had a enjoyable time as well I never had the time to just hang out with my 2 little ones which I felt was much need it was a great time to check in with them I really appreciate the opportunity to do so it was a great way to have some bonding time with them. Also with the other Widow’s and their young children that got left behind because they aren’t of age yet to camp. The little kids also visit the Zoo and feed the Giraffes and seen a couple of cool animals behind the scenes with our private 2hour tour it was a great day at the zoo as well And I can’t forget to mention the horse back riding at the Air Force academy was a great way to bond as well with our children I must say I know the older children that went camping had a eventful week and also I heard they did similar events as well, but we had a eventful week every day it truly was a great way to bond with our children.

Thank you Knights and Heroes for not leaving the younger siblings out... While you built memories with the 2 older ones. As my 2 little ones said their week was awesome and amazing I would agree with the Both of them!!!

trippjohnson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an honor to serve as a first-time mentor for the Knights of Heroes this year. I’ve never been a part of a more impactful organization. The difference this program is making in the lives of the young men and women who have endured so much grief and loss is remarkable.

1 Malissia Doyle S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough positive things about this camp. They encourage and show my teenage son so much love and positive energy. He looks forward to going and doing all the adventurous stuff his Dad would of done with him. The staff is very organized and helpful with any questions and never leave any doubt in my mind about what is happening with my son. I’m very thankful for Steven and Knights of Heros Mentors. You have helped my son in our darkest time find a reason to smile, laugh and learn that everything will be ok.