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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

200 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is a top rated camp for both boys and girls. This camp helps children and teens accomplish goals through outdoor activities. My boys have been able to use strategies from goal oriented tasks they have achieved from the various activities they completed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My older son attended one year and aged out. He was excited to return this year as a volunteer for the camp. My younger son just did his third year with KOH and it's the only camp we will continue to attend until he ages out. There are many camps out there they could attend, but none will give my children the guidance, confidence and self esteem to move forward in life. I appreciate mentors are paired up with the children one on one so my boys have someone they can fall back to if they ever get stuck in a rut. My children are are learning what kind, caring men look like in life and I hope they will model them later in life.

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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

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 first year attending KOH. My son is 15 and lost his father 8 years ago. It was simply put the most amazing week of both of our lives in a very long while. For the first time I connected with other military widows and felt validated and understood. My son is a changed young man. The amazing activities coupled with the incredible men who volunteered their time have impacted my son tremendously. He is more self confident, more kind, more focused and more mature. The young man I brought home at the end of the week was not the same kid I hugged goodbye to at the beginning of the week. He had an absolute blast and cannot wait to go back next summer. Thank you to every single person associated with KOH for your selflessness and caring. You all have made an absolute difference in our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not only have my sons lost a father to war they have struggled with growing up with only have a mom. This year they were able to attend the KOH camp and it has been life altering. My oldest son found a power within himself that he had yet to discover and he found men that he knows he can trust and call on for anything. The last year our life has been in shambles and he opened up to his mentors about it and they offered to help and give him peace of mind. After camp they talked to me and within 2 days of being home there was a knock on the door from someone local checking on us and making sure that we were ok. I will forever be grateful for the love, compassion, and strength that this organization has shown my sons and I.

Michelle M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son came back as a person with confidence, courage, and the ability to get gain new friendships that will last a life time

Heather Reilly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many mentors say "Knights of Heroes camp is the most fun and rewarding week of my year!" It's true! As a woman of faith, I look forward every year to seeing how God has been working in the lives of the young women we serve, hearing their personal stories of struggle and accomplishment. Camp is a week of conquering fears, challenging oneself, forging lifelong friendships with others who truly know your loss, and lots of plain ol' having a blast in the great outdoors! White water rafting, rock climbing, ropes course, wake-boarding, back country backpacking, archery, etc...learning to do so many things together with others who share a common loss, building confidence in oneself and receiving through the encouragement of others...it's a unique week where the impact is visual and tangible in the growth of the young people we serve.
One young lady, having come to camp for 7 years, had not been able to conquer her fear of heights, or believe in her ability to climb a rock face (for many reasons). So this year our amazing rock climbing crew designed and bolted a route just for her in the hopes of giving her success and overcoming her fears. In the rock climbing community, the first person to climb a new route gets to name it, and when this amazing young lady got to the top, you could hear the cheers of the whole group echoing in the canyon! She named it J & J after her and her dad...she will forever have that moment, and the gift of being able to honor her father. KOH is just amazing!

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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

I've been a mentor with KOH for 5 years now and I can honestly say that this program continues to improve and become more impactful every year. Watching the boys grow and become more confident young men each year is truly incredible. There are many worthy programs out there, but this one has proven and verifiable results that will positively impact these young men for the rest of their lives. I call it "The Miracle Camp".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I call this the miracle camp, because I've seen them for the last two years I've been a Mentor. This is a truly impressive forum for kids to have an absolute blast, heal, make lifelong connections, and observe the positive male role modeling that many of them do not have at home. It is an absolute honor and privilege to be associated with such an awesome organization. KOH is worthy of every ounce of time and treasure that comes it's way.

Mike B.9

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a mentor for Knights of Heroes is one of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever had and one of the greatest programs I’ve ever been a part of. Spending a week with the greatest young men and encouraging them as they transition towards adulthood is an incredible experience that i am very proud to be a part of. Steve is an inspirational leader...campers and mentors alike benefit greatly from his leadership and I hope to be a part of this program as long as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a camper for 7 years. And those seven years changed my life. I truly believe i am a better person because of KOH. They have done so much for me and will go to the moon and back, and do it over again for us campers. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so accepted. They adopted me in such a low point in my life and I truly believe if i didn’t have Knights, I would be struggling to find myself today. Everything I was taught throughout those seven years carries with me today and to others that I share that same wisdom with. I came back this year(2018) as a mentor for first year backpackers/high adventure. I worked alongside a past mentor I had. These men are some of the wisest and caring people I know. And if I could even give an ounce of what i received to these kids then I am happy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my 7th year serving as a Mentor to the teenage girls. It is always one of my favorite weeks of the year. Returning to see the girls one year older and reconnecting with them is so rewarding. And, then to see them year after year until they graduate is a special thing. Each year they mature just that much more and try new and tougher challenges and it is great to see. KOH offers an amazing experience to push and empower the girls.

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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

I have been a mentor hear for 3 yrs in a row and am privileged to be a part of such a great camp. All of the staff, mentors, volunteers, families, and kids are such amazing people and it is such a joy to work here each summer!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This camp fulfills a vital role for children who have been struck by tragedy at an early age. The volunteers and staff are some of the most supportive, caring, hard-working, and genuine people I have ever had the privilege of working with. The kids at the camp spend a week with staff who truly have their best in mind. Seeing the smiles, confidence, and happiness in the campers eyes after a week is witness to the success of the program!!! Rise up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

KOH week is the highlight of the year for me each year, and inspires me throughout the balance of the year. The program integrates challenging high adventure activities daily in the Rocky Mountains/Rivers with earnest mentoring from humble, devoted, strong fathers who give up a week of their time with their own sons/daughters to help a mentee realize their true potential and overcome doubts/fears, and in so doing, honors the lives of those fathers who gave their lives to protect and preserve our freedom. Each day a mentee approaches a new challenge with a high-adventure mentor, and as a team, they face latent fears that span fear of water (white water rafting), fear of heights (rock climbing & high-ropes courses), fear of falling (downhill mountain biking & low ropes courses), fear of others (each mentee/mentor pairing are part of a team that works together), and through the shared confidence of mentors and sheer enthusiasm and courage they are exposed to, the mentee begins to see themselves and their potential abundantly and clearly. Daily values are embraced as well, like Responsibility, being Proactive, being Bold, and Leadership are embraced and applied, and mentors share their experiences with those values to further illustrate their importance. As the week comes to a close, great memories are made and shared and stored in a common experience that reveres the memories of fallen fathers, and fosters a path forward that is fueled by gratitude for those fathers and self-confidence fostered by their experiences forging courage and character in the mountains of Colorado at KOH. If you listen carefully during a certain week each July, you can hear the the words "Rise Up" echoing from the Rocky Mountains as the sun rises, and as the sun sets...from the young Knights of Heroes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be a mentor/volunteer at Knights of Heroes in 2014. The training, the staff, the activities and the facilities/environment were top shelf. I saw young men help each other find courage and friendship in the context of an excellent camp high in the Rocky Mountains that will help them overcome and achieve throughout their lives. The resilience and humility of these kids is remarkable, and I am certain that their fathers who have fallen in service to their country are very, very proud.

Kip S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4th year volunteering. It is rewarding to see the graduates of the program come back as mentors. The growth in these young adults is a powerful witness to the value of this program. Best Charity I've ever worked with or volunteered for.

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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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3MNHills

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words can't describe the energy and enthusiasm of every person involved with this amazing organization. Volunteering here is the highlight of my year! Steve and his team are wonderful stewards of each dollar donated and they work tirelessly to positively impact the life of each camper. I honestly can't think of a better mission and group of people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of Knights of Heroes is a complete honor and privilege. I have never been around such an energetic and positive group of people! This camp truly teaches kids how to become strong men and women by pushing past their fears and overcoming obstacles. Life can be tough, and this camp does its best to prepare them for this. I hope to always stay involved with Knights of Heroes!

Anna M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most awesome volunteer opportunity that I have ever been involved with!!!!! Knights of Heroes camp empowers youth to recognize their strengths, to develop their character and confidence, to recognize and improve on skills in need of growth, and to fellowship with peers! Additionally, the youth have an absolute blast recreating in the beautiful and therapeutic mountains and waters of Colorado! The mentors and staff are kind, honest, trustworthy, and encouraging! KOH camp is my favorite week of each year!!!! I just completed my 3rd year with the camp, and will be coming back for many more years! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here every year. The results year in and year out are amazing. The program is very challenging and rewarding for the kids. They learn so much in just one week about what it means to be a leader, have moral and physical courage and to approach life in a positive way.

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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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Kevin RB

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to volunteer here annually. It is a highlight of my year to work with the kids and mentors who are involved. The impact for all involved is obvious and it is amazing to see the young men and women overcome physical challenges while also spending time opening up about their lives to peers and mentors. I have been involved with many non-profits as both a volunteer and full time staff and this organization is the best steward of donor dollars of any group I have seen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a mentor with Knights of Heroes for three of the last four years. Each time I am more impressed with the level of positive impact the camp has on both kids and mentors. The young men I worked with were consistently challenged at a level that most of high school age don't often see. They all invested in the mental and emotional challenges as well and an obvious impact could be seen in a short time period.

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Dawn Rowe

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have attended this camp for the past 11 years, and now they have graduated because they aged out. However, they have come to appreciate Knights of Heroes so much, they want to give back and have a positive impact on other campers. They are back this year in staff/volunteer roles. My son is a mentor to a younger camper, and my daughter is working on the rock climbing crew. They are spending about 10 days for their summer in Colorado to help give back to an organization that has given them so much!

I continue to volunteer to help with food at camp, so I am involved on a regular basis. I can tell you Knights of Heroes does everything they can to stretch ever dollar donated to them, and they ensure the donated funds go to support the campers. This is a fantastic non-profit and anything you can do or give to support them goes a long way.

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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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