I don't think there is a more positive and thoughtful group of people in the country than the folks that make Knights of Heroes happen. And I really look forward to the honor/opportunity to serve the families and give back to those who gave everything for our country. Seeing the kids push outside of their comfort zone and experience things they otherwise would not have is so rewarding. This organization is extremely well run and organized! I am proud to be a small part of the mission!
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!
All three of my children have now been to a Knights of Heroes camp. This is one of the most dedicated and supportive charities out there to help our Gold Star families. Through KOH, my children have received one-on-one mentorship with older children (graduates of the KOH program) as well as adult mentors that give so much of their time and energy to nurture lasting relationships with the campers. This is a one-of-a-kind charity that teaches life building skills and instills confidence in our children that will last a lifetime.
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!
A fantastic organization that takes kids without fathers and provides them with opportunities to interact with male role models for guidance, mentorship and everyday Dad know-how. The camps seek to build the kids from the ground up with a solid foundation to tackle the many obstacles life will throw at them. They strip away the entitlement culture and teach these kids how to thrive in this world by pushing them beyond these kid's self imposed limits teaching them only they can limit themselves. These lessons are taught with humility, grace, compassion and love, with a bit of grit thrown in for good measure. The kids who attend the camps of Knights of Heroes are better prepared to face the pressures and challenges of this world.
What an amazing organization! My boys are 11 and 14 and just recently lost their dad at a very critical time in their growing up. Men like Steve and the mentors are standing up in the gap for these boys. My boys came back from a week at camp filled and blessed. They can’t wait to get back with their camp mates and mentors again. What a light this organization and all who support it have been in our lives at such a tough time.
6th year at camp. Another great experience! Camp was a little different this year with COVID precautions, but the kids had a great time and rose to the challenges with grace!.
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.
This is my seventh year volunteering as a mentor for young men in the Knights of Heroes’ first-through-third-year program. Every year, I am incredibly amazed at how impactful this program is on the development of our country’s next generation of citizens, husbands, fathers, and leaders.
This year, one of my team’s second-year mentees spent 45 minutes sobbing while stuck on a challenging spot during a difficult [and scary for anybody] rock climb. Although I had been pushing him and knew he could make it to the goal he had set (the top), I finally asked him if he wanted to come down and he replied “yes.” After lowering him via a rope to my level, the mentee started to sob even more and tried to blame me for letting him come down. I explained to him: this was his second year at the camp, he had grown in year since he had last been at camp, he knew he was again going to be challenged with a rock climb this year, and it was time for him to take ownership of his own performance and decisions. After 10 minutes of calming down and reflection, the mentee came back over to me and said he wanted to go back up. And, oh how he climbed!
As a side note, I cannot say enough good things about the Foundation's leadership team and culture of professionalism. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable challenges in 2020, the leadership team and staff has effectively adhered to rapidly-changing federal and state guidance, planned and prepared for a variety of abnormal contingencies, and mitigated numerous higher-than-normal health- and safety-related risks.
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.
I’ve been volunteering with KOH for over 5 yrs and have seen firsthand how impactful this program is to the boys and girls that visit the camp! It truly is one of the greatest camps for children of fallen heroes!
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!!!
I was a camper at KOH for 10 years and now I’ve been on the staff/mentor Team for 4 years, and it is one of the single most life changing experiences/communities I have ever been a part of. When I lost my dad in military service, knights stepped in and taught me what being a man meant, that being bold, a leader, responsible, kind to others, Etc. they have given me an invaluable skill set in the outdoors, in leadership, and they’ve given me direction in life: to serve others.
My son has been attending KOH fir 6 years now. The growth and self confidence I have seen has been incredible. The staff does a phenomenal job in keeping the kids safe and healthy. I can't brag enough about this camp and what it has done for my soon!
This is such a great program! My son is in the high adventure program and have seen such a growth in responsibility, self confidence and his love of the outdoors. I am so grateful for the care that the staff and volunteers show the kids. I highly recommend this organization!
My son was only 6 when he lost his dad. My son is 12 now and has struggled to find his place in life and lacking skills his dad never got the chance to teach him.
After finding KOH my son has grown and become more confident in himself. He has found his place and learning skills that will grow with him and mold him into the man my husband would be proud of. I am so thankful for KOH and how they have helped my family along with others. We have made life long friends and feel like family.
What an incredible experience for these kids, the mentors, the graduates and the staff. So professionally run which was absolutely essential this summer given the conditions. The kids loved the activities. They developed strong bonds with others that have experienced similar loss in their lives. The campers learned so many new things about themselves as they tested what they thought were their limits and surprised themselves with their grit and resiliency. They learned some very valuable lessons and values from their mentors that will last a lifetime. There is not a better organization doing this amazing work for these most deserving families.
Incredible foundation with a mission focused on building maturity, character, leadership and courage in kid's from families that have paid the price for our freedoms. To see the experiences that foster life-changes in these kids is beyond incredible! The fiscal diligence ensures that donations go to the source of our efforts, the kids! Amazing people with hearts for service and sacrifice are what make this Foundation more than a five-star non-profit.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with KOH for the last 3 years. I love this organization and I tell everybody I can about the good that they do. I have really seen kids cone into their own with the confidence that they learn to have from camp.
I have been involved with Knights of Heroes (KOH) for the past 6 years, as a mentor and board member. As with years past, I am always amazed, and feel the organization is truly blessed, to have the number of top notch volunteers and donors that it does. I feel it shows that the mentors, and all volunteers, 'receive' just as much as they 'give'...that they are dedicated to the continuance of support year after year, and to the relationships developed and forged at camp with these kids. All of our hearts are in it for the long haul, challenging and supporting the children of our nation's fallen heroes, as we would wish someone would do for us and our kids if we were to fall. KOH is not just another "free camp" for Gold Star kids. All involved invest and pour into the kids we serve, year after year, challenging them to believe in themselves, to try new things, to conquer fears, to live and write a good story for themselves, to develop long lasting friendships, and to Rise Up above what the world would teach them and become who God made and intended them to be...
I currently serve on the board of KoH and this will be my 5th year as a mentor at camp. To me, one of the most incredible aspects of this camp, are the relationships that the kids form here. These kids share the common loss of their dad, they can truly relate to each other, share with each other, support and lift each other up, heal together...year after year...through out the year, no matter where they are from in the country. The high adventure activities at camp build confidence and trust, challenges the kids to strive for more, to conquer their fears, discover their abilities and love for the outdoors. Nature has always had a restorative affect on human nature. KoH provides positive long-term adult mentorship and character development to the kids with the core values of: be bold, be a leader, be boundless, be proactive, and be responsible. We charge campers to "Rise Up" above what the world teaches, and become the young men and women that God calls them to be, that their dad's would call them to be. It has always been inspiring to me how our volunteers, year after year, continue to commit their time, efforts, and love to these kids...how all will tell you that they also receive something intangible through this camp. So many of our volunteers are active duty, prior, or connected to the military somehow...it's a beautiful thing....
I am a board member of Knights of Heroes, but I also volunteer my time as a camp worker during the week of camp. I continue to be amazed at how we are able to give kids hope and a rewarding camp experience that will benefit them throughout life. We teach them values they will need in life, and we help them conquer fears and empower them. The mentors they have during camp week offer encouragement to complete activities (e.g. rock climbing, mountain bike riding, etc) that they may not have otherwise thought they were capable of doing.
The camp also allows these kids to bond with other military children who have lost fathers and gives them a connection they may not have otherwise had. My two kids attended the camp for about 10 years, and now that they are adults, some of their best friends are kids they met at Knights of Heroes. Having that came connection with other kids allows them to feel they are not alone through their journey.
Knights of Heroes gives these kids experiences and connections that they would otherwise not have. I am incredibly blessed to be a part of this awesome organization, and I am thankful my own two kids had the opportunity to benefit from KOH!
I continue to be amazed by Knights of Heroes and the impact it has on children who have lost a parent. My children spent 10 years participating, and now they give back when and where they can. I continue to volunteer for the camp, and I am also now a board member. During camp week, I have the opportunity to see the impact the camp has on these children. They connect with friends they have made from past camp years, and they have a respect for our mentors who give of their time to help shape theses children into young adults. Camp is not only fun, but it is a safe emotional place for these kids who have lost so much, and it allows them to have connections that will last them a lifetime. I am so grateful that Knights of Heroes continues to serve this community!
My daughter. Chloe has had a wonderful experience at the camp and retreats. The mentorship has meant so much to her as she adjusts to life without her Dad. She is pushed to new limits with activities and finds great confidence in that. By far this is one of the best experiences of growth for her since we lost her dad in 2018. Thank you KOH!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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.
Great program. Kids had a blast and learned a lot.
Awesome charity that is completely focused on the kids!
I returned this year for camp as a mentor for the 6th time. This continues to be the best non-profit experience I have had with dedicated staff and volunteers who put the campers first. The campers really benefit from the program and exposure to outdoor activities, their peers, and the mentor staff. I am impressed with the growing offerings and events.
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.
This organization goes above and beyond. My son and daughter both have attended and benefitted from this camp. They offer mentorship and guidance for children who have lost a parent due to world conflict. They also encourage the campers to return after they age out to be junior mentors in order to keep the program moving forward. This program is all about giving back, finding purpose, and having a great appreciation people and their communities through service projects. It's about not taking things for granted and showing respect and appreciation. This is a superior lead and organized foundation.
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.
I don't have enough words to say how amazing and impotartant Knights of Heroes is. My son started attending KOH he was 10 years old and it has changed his life. I knew he needed men in his life since his father's death but I didn't realize how much he need them until his first year at KOH. He came back with a new confidence in himself and support group that was strong. Each year he has returned to camp and built on the lessons from the year before. The mentors are truly caring people that understand how deep their connection is with the campers. They keep up with my son throughout the year and are an extension of our family. They understand they have a key role in these boys lives and like they have been for my son for 9 years, they become some of the most important men in their lives. Honestly, I don't know what Ronan would be like without KOH. They have made him a better person and an exceptionally giving young man.
I have been a donor for nine years. This organization uses their money wisely and always looking at ways to improve their program. I have been to the camp property - not only is it in a beautiful setting, there are many outdoor activities available right on the property. It is also amazing that the property was paid off in three years. I strongly encourage anyone to donate to KOH and honor of fallen heroes' families.
Knights of Heroes empowers youth to be courageous, resilient and resourceful. Youth have a blast adventuring in spectacular Rockies, all while connecting with peers who have been through the same challenge of losing a parent. Leadership, team-work and reflection are weaved into the daily activities. The camper-to-mentor ratio is 1:1 or 2:1, thus giving campers constant access to adult figures and promotes good decision making.
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! :)
Our family became a part of the Knights of Heroes Family in the summer of 2010. It started with my oldest becoming a camper. He thought it would be fun to hike, rock climb and camp out in Colorado. What he didn’t realize was he was invited into a new lifelong relationship with the mentors and fellow campers. A couple of years later, my youngest son joined the campers and this year will be his graduating year at camp.
The founders have truly recognized their vision. They wanted to give the boys of fallen heroes the outdoor experiences and male mentorship that these boys were missing my losing their fathers. Over the years, the board members have always evaluated each aspect of the experience and have evolved into an amazingly well -rounded foundation. They now offer a program for the daughters of fallen heroes as well. Now that we have our own property and camp, they are offerening up events throughout the year.
The best part of the whole experience is that the mentors are not here solely to show the campers a good time; even though they provide an amazing time. They are there for character building as well. They care for these kids as though they were their own...each and every one of them. I am very thankful that my boys and I are and will always be a part of the Knights of Heroes Family.
In September of 2008 my boys and I lost a very important member of our family, their dad and my husband. Every day, Every Month and Every Year comes with new and unique challenges. We are part of an ever growing population of people who have lost a parent/spouse due to our war on terror.
There are a number of opportunities and organizations that are there for my boys (13 and 14) with regards to their specific loss. Knights of Heroes is one of those organizations and they are the most impactful. They are there not just for the week that they attend their camp. They are mentors and friends for life. My boys have attended the Knights of Heroes camp for the past 5 years and they gain such respect by spending time with the male mentors. The respect that they would have shown to their dad on a daily basis if he was still here. The camp is composed of outdoor activities that they would only experience if their dad was able to be here or by them going to this camp. Roughing it in the outdoors for a week is not something most moms are willing or able to do. I am very greatful to Knights of Heroes for inviting my sons to attend their camp and for all of the emotional backing that they offer my boys, from both the mentors and their peers that are going through the same things. We love you!
I have been honored and privileged to be a part of the Knights of Heroes family for the past 8 years. Both as a Mentor and Board of Directors member I have seen firsthand the incredible impact this organization has made on Gold Star families. The challenges and life lessons instilled during one of our outdoor adventure camps or retreats are priceless and truly teach children (and adult volunteers) resilience that carries over into their day to day lives. The friendships and relationships that naturally develop between participants enable powerful and meaningful connections that can last a lifetime. Those who volunteer truly have the families' best interests in mind and the foundation has an incredible track record of maintaining their focus on providing support to the families of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
My children and I started attending camp together in 2013 and we still love every single interaction and every summer or small group experience. The mentors stay in close contact with my children and they feel as if they have an extra adult they can reach out to if they need to. Forever grateful to camp and mentors!
My children and I attended Knights of Heros for our first time a few weeks ago. The kids absolutely loved the experience and can't wait for next year! They tried things they wouldn't be able to experience otherwise and talked to other children and mentors they were able to easily relate to. I am greatly appreciative for what the camp and mentors offered to my children. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I began going to Knights of Heroes the first year it ever happened. I was a camper for 10 years and now continue to go back to every year as a mentor. This camp has done so much for me growing up without a father and teaching me what it means to be a real man in this world. Every year and every experience from knights of heroes has taught me something about myself or about about the world, in particular nature. It has been one of the most influential things in my life and I don't think I'll be able to ever repay what knights has given to me. Everything about this camp is right and has taught many boys and girls valuable life lessons that they wouldn't have if it wasn't for this camp. I love it for the people, place, and love I receive from everyone at this camp and will forever cherish the memories and continue to build upon them in the future.
Where do I begin? My son started with Knights of Heroes a very shy and meek young man. After several years of personal goals the mentors set with these youth, they grow in spirit and confidence. KOH has provided my son with positive mentors, an amazing outdoor experience, and lifelong friendships, all in which I could not provide for him. These children greatly need this challenging experience, that encourages them to work hard throughout the year. At 16, my son has an outgoing personality and learns something new about himself with each experience. Thank you for this life changing program!!!
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!
A terrific organization both grandson and granddaughter have attended the camp grandson volunteers there now
Our granddaughter and grandson have been attending Knights of Heroes camp from its beginning. We feel that it has played a big part in their healing since the death of their Dad. Both of them feel very comfortable because all the kids are in the same situation as they are. They look forward all year long to see old friends and make new ones. We have been fortunate enough to interact with other children that have attended camp and see the positive influence it has had on them. We can't say enough good things about Knights of Hero as we have seen what it has done for our grandchildren and other children of the military. We would encourage anyone to donate to this great organization.
I have donated to this organization multiple times because I've seen the camp at work and the effect it has had on many children. The children have been dealt a rough hand in life, but they are shown life does not end and you can still soar. For some, this is their first time meeting another child that lost a parent in the military. That can be life changing to be around others just like you. I will continue to support Knights of Heroes as long as there is a need.
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.
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.
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.
My son came back as a person with confidence, courage, and the ability to get gain new friendships that will last a life time
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a five year mentor, the impact on the kids is evident as they grow each year. Great organization, great leadership!
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.