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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Counseling, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Knights of Heroes empowers children who have lost a parent in 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 a parent in military service.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Participants come from all over the world

Programs: child services, mentorship, friendship, counseling

Community Stories

281 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

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

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.

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

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.

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Thank you so much,
Stacy W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the 5th year my children have come to Colorado to participate in the Knights of Heroes summer camp program. It is by far the best experience we have had. The staff, the mentors, the volunteers all do an amazing job to bring together these children who have suffered a terrible loss and show them them the traits of perseverance, responsibility, determination, honesty and integrity - all while having a wonderful time in the Colorado wilderness. I am grateful for this experience for my children. Thank you KOH.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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sidv8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with KOH for 10 years now. I have watched young boys who were hurting and lost grow into young men with direction and principles. This camp puts obstacles to be overcome in front of each camper and through this teaches them that life can be tackled one step at a time. The camp also pairs campers with men and women of character who truly care about each and every child. These "mentors" work through their example to instill the core values of KOH in each camper. No better Nonprofit out there for helping Gold Star Kids.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had the opportunity to participate in the Girl's Program this year at KOH and she had a magnificent time! She was enabled to try activities she didn't have the chance to do before and she was able to realize her full potential is limitless. It really boosted her confidence with all the positivity and motivation the staff provided her and how friendly all the campers were. She can't wait to return next year to push herself even more with new skills and challenges!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to be a mentor at KOH for 2 years and a volunteer for the last 4 years. It is an organization that is truly dedicated to these kids and I wouldn't think twice about supporting them in any way I could. The camp is run by high values and standards, creating a safe and supportive environment for the campers to share common loss, while still encouraging campers to believe that despite what they feel, they can push beyond their limits to achieve amazing things. This is the most incredible organization and resilient group of kids I've ever met. They continue to amaze me each year!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

One month shy of the first anniversary of their father's death, my 14 and 15 year old daughters were able to attend the Knights of Heroes camp. They had a wonderful time, developed leadership skills and bonds with fellow campers who've experienced a similar loss. They returned for the second time this year and had another amazing, life-changing experience. Thank you so much to Steve Harrold and the KOH staff!

Serkiss24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of heroes taught me that I can do anything If I believe and put my mind to it. It truely is the best week of my year for this past couple years. I literally cry on the way home to my house on the car ride home because the love and support is so strong at camp. You grow close with people so fast which is unbelievable. I didn't think I would ever find a support system, someone anyone to understand the loss of my dad. But I did I found many leaders for guidance . Makes me want to be a better Me because I've been pushed to those limits and know I can go beyond them everyday. Thank you so much to the mentors for listening, a shoulder to cry on, a sarcastic joke to laugh at, and most importantly that you believe in me even when I didn't. I struggled a lot this past year with my grief and for a while I didn't think I was going to make it but you gave me that extra boost to keep trying when things get rough. Because boy every activity was rough I wanted to give up but I never did ,mainly because you all wouldn't let me, and that I can find another path. Look at something in a new light and know that the end result is worth it. I'm going to get my act straight and go to class more research colleges, army possible, workout and be the best possible Me I can be. I don't know how I'm going to make it this year but Koh has given me the support and tools to do it on my own. So thank you again knights of Heroes for being my rock when mine could no longer support me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love knights of heroes so much. I've been going since the girls camp opened and I have grown so much from it each year. It is the highlight of my year and I hate leaving. I've built many long term friendships. I push myself to the max at every activity we do such as rock climbing, I put my everything in to getting to the top by pulling myself up 3 times just by my finger tips. This camp has helped me grow into the young women I am today. I get to be myself at camp and relax. KOH is just so much fun and I am honored to be able to go every year.

Anna119

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An absolutely amazing nonprofit organization providing children with the necessary mentoring, fellowship and community, all while experiencing stunning and rugged Colorado ! The KOH campers leave camp with a sense of adventure, freedom, bravery, and a heightened self-worth! They also learn to listen to their peers and offer support and comfort! It's an amazing experience for everyone involved with the camp, from the campers, the mentors, the activity leads, the kitchen staff, and the mothers (when they see their kids return rejuvenated and empowered)!

Rosanna P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son had his first KOH experience this year. His father and his uncle gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country when he was a few months shy of 1. These were the two best men in our life and family who are not able to be here to instill the manly values in my son. In all the years that I have been raising him, I have not been able to give him what KOH has given him in just one week. We have had a tough year as he is entering his teens, I have been frustrated and worried about his future as a man but, KOH has impressed upon him some great values and skills with great role models and all around amazing experience in just one week. I look forward to next year and the great things to come from my son. If he turns out to be half the man his father was, the world will be a better place. Thank you KOH for this experience for myself and my son too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an honor to spend time with young men whose fathers paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I have mentored the last two camps and am proud of the man my mentee is becoming. During many of our high adventure activities, he showed courage and overcame some personal inhibitions. This 13 year-old ran a mile a day for several weeks in preparation for this year's camp. He came physically and mentally prepared for camp. The administration at KOH is top shelf and I look forward to serving with them for many years to come.

Brandon28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year volunteering with KOH and I was impressed with the dedication of everyone involved. Everyone put the cause first and stepped up. It was a blessing to share life with these young men for the week, and KOH ensured there were countless opportunities to push our limits. I was humbled to take part and hope to come back next year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor with KOH for two years now. I was amazed to see the progress that many 10 and 11 year old boys are making towards becoming men. In just one week I saw many kids that started out as whinny little boys who were driven to tears by small challenges on Monday become bold young men who began to encourage others by Friday. The camp is professional, well run, well staffed, and a complete blast... and the food is AWESOME!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Greatest camp I have ever been a part of. I volunteered as a mentor and saw awesome changes in these boys whose fathers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. From the equipment to the adventures to the training, this camp is truely world class

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about the Knights of Heroes foundation through a FB friend. I just got back a couple weeks ago and I have to say that this was the best week of my year.
This organization has the best cause and really runs a great schedule. This is a great adventure and time for the kids and the mentors.
I would highly recommend this experience for anyone. Well done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a terrific non-profit. Its whole purpose is to teach kids how to grow up and become productive adults in today's society. It offers them a one week camp where their limits are pushed doing activities some of them have only read about (ie white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, etc) These kids father's made the ultimate sacrifice in service to ur nation. We owe it to them to ensure their children maintain the right path.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year as a mentor and it has changed my life. It was one of the most impactful weeks in my life. I worked with some of most extraordinary men that significantly care about these boys. In addition, I was able to achieve some personal goals of mine like rock climbing. I will be back next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Confidence. Self esteem. Friendships. Mentorship. Memories. There is an endless list of ways Knights of Heroes camp has positively impacted my sons. Camp ended over a week ago but I am still hearing about my son's amazing experiences!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is a fantastic foundation! They have provided my three children with memories to last a lifetime. The mentors are top-notch. They all seem to really care about the welfare of the children attending. These children, who have lost their father in the military, look up to their mentors. The mentors are positive, Christian, role models. The week-long camp provides amazing adventures for the kids. My children have been white water rafting, mountain biking, tubing, mountain climbing, hiking, and camping. The new ropes course at the camp is "the best ropes course ever" according to my daughter. KOH is a wonderful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son's first time away by himself without mom or brother to look out for him. Understandably he was nervous and unsure about what was in store for him. He does not handle change well and wanted to leave, but he had a very patient mentor work with him all week and showed he really cared. My son gained confidence he didn't know he had, faced his hardest fear and surprised himself in the process, and knows his mentor will always have his back. All the mentors I met were kind, very caring and have our children's best interests at heart. I felt welcome at all times and no questions were off limits. Everything is transparent and I don't have a negative thing to say about the whole program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This camp for my children provided them with the time of their lives in the wilderness of Colorado for a week this summer. They did activities that I as a widow could never have done with them like high ropes courses, white water rafting, and shooting rifles on a range. I am so grateful to be invited to this camp and cannot wait for KOH 2017! RISE UP

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching these children take on the challenges presented to them during camp is amazing. It is even more fascinating watching them encourage each other and build lifelong bonds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have sent 3 of my 5 children to KOH for summer camp and the entire experience has been life-changing for all of us. The children not only have a blast and do the most amazing things; they also hang with other kids in their same shoes and validate the loss of their father in a way that proves to them that they are not alone. They literally grow in emotional leaps and bounds while they are gone for this week. They develop characteristics like confidence, respect, honesty and integrity. Meanwhile, the mothers get to know each other and share resources, experiences and stories. Many long-lasting bonds are created because of KOH. AMAZING PROGRAM!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my sons second year at the Knights of Heroes camp and he just loves it. He has had phenominal mentors who he has bonded with immediatley and he talks about the friends he made and the cool experiences he had. He has already determined that he wants to go all the way through to the "high-adventure" portion of the program. As for what I have noticed, his confidence level has increased and his leadership qualities have grown. He is learning to work within a team, be a leader, and come up with solutions to problems. Raising a quality teenage boy is a challenge for a single mom because I can't give him that "testosterone male one-on-one time", but this camp offers this experience for him. And I am truly grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my favorite week of the whole year! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor for this program for two years and in all my years of volunteer work I haven't ever been a part of something this special. This program is more than just a camp, it's a place where young men can come and "live on the wild side" for a full week of adventure in the great outdoors. In a world of 17th place ribbons and video games it's hard for most young people to get actively involved with the world around them. This camp and the mentors involved have created and maintain a place where you don't just go to hang out but more a place where you come to challenge yourself, to face your fears, and to learn the most important values of what it means to be a man of honor and integrity. Having lost my father the year before I came to camp for the first time, it was easy to see and feel the pain these young men felt. To have the connections and guidance they receive through the friendships they build during this one week is astonishing and will provide them with a network of brothers to help them through the toughest of times for the rest of their lives. An experience that should be had by anyone looking to add real value to their life and to the lives of others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A phenomenal camp - provides an incredible opportunity for young men and women to re-focus themselves and each other on positive moral and ethical considerations through fun and engaging activities. I'm a 2-time mentor, and I could not speak more highly of the positive impact this program has on camper lives and mentor well-being - everyone benefits from focusing on what really matters, especially to honor the sacrifices of our nation's best. Find a way to support his program, any way you can!

Bernie R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity provides an incredible experience for young men and women who have had to face challenges out of their control, the loss of their father. The Knights of Heroes encourages goals setting and achievement along with the opportunity to explore their abilities to achieve what they may have never dreamed they could. It's amazing that this organization is run completely by volunteers who give their heart and soul for these children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this charity by accident. After reading the mission statement I was hooked. As a retired military member unfortunately this issue hits too close to home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving as a mentor for KOH is probably the greatest service I have provided to my country that has included a 22 year career in the US military. To be able to give something back to the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is the least I can do. The mentors I served with in KOH are some of the finest individuals I have ever met, 100% volunteers of their time and resources to a program they all believe in. This year I had the pleasure of watching numerous campers exceed personal goals that they had set for themselves by overcoming their fears with the encouragement of mentors and a new belief in their own abilities. Counting the days until KOH 2016...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching men come alongside these boys to spend the week with them mimics the service their fathers so freely gave. This program honors their family's sacrifice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my 3rd year as a mentor for the girls program. Not only is this foundation remarkably well run and organized, the people involved as mentors and organizers all do so altruistically - NONE of us are paid. We do this because giving back to the children of our fallen heroes is a very, very small price to pay as compared to their fathers. I will gladly be exhausted for a week to possibly make a small difference in just one child's life. These people have become like a family to me. To Gold Star Families who are not yet involved: please, please, please consider trusting us with your child(ren). It WILL change them for the better. And for anyone who wants to support a worthy cause, I don't know of any other organization under which the largest portion of your money donated goes directly to these children. There is no huge staff of paid personnel. It's almost exclusively mentors and volunteers. Amazing camp, amazing people, amazing all the way around. I will be back for a 4th year of mentoring next year for sure! RISE UP!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Carolyn96

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All volunteer program of mentoring boys in the outdoors teaching them man skills with values.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing mentors who know how to guide children of the fallen, while learning to enjoys the great outdoors

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is exactly the type of program I was looking for after my husband was killed. I felt powerless in trying to get my kids the knowledge of the outdoors and foster their confidence in doing physical challenges that I was not familiar with---knowing that if Dad were alive, he would be teaching them all of these things. My daughter has emerged from this camp, even stronger and more confident. She can try new things and push her body to go beyond her comfort level. Next year my son will be old enough to participate in the boy's program and I'm so excited for him. Knights of Heroes is giving my kids what I cannot. Our family is grateful for these wonderful people.

Dorothy12

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my son's first year and he loved everything about the camp. He returned more confident and self assured. He felt like he had bonded with his mentors and the other kids in the program. He felt challenged to do his best and appreciated for his efforts. He and his mentor made a list of goals that he worked on at camp and that he was able to apply to our home life. This was a great experience for him and my son says he can't wait to go again next year.

Mindi C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my daughter's second year at camp and my son's first year. I can not speak highly enough about this camp for children of the fallen. The week that they provide for the campers is amazing. The kids come back with huge smiles on their faces, nonstop stories of all of their adventures and best of all excitement about returning next year! While the kids have fun, what sets this camp apart is the values and confidence the kids learn through overcoming and also giving back.
I would easily describe my daughter as very shy, quiet and withdrawn. I would even wager to say she had low self esteem and confidence before she went to camp last year. After 1 week she was a different child. She was chatty and smiley! I couldn't wait to see what this year held for her and now her brother. Again it was amazing!! This kid now has the light back in her eyes! It makes me tear up just thinking about it. The quiet confidence she is gaining from this camp translate into this child now ready to take on more difficult classes in school instead of being fearful and anxious. Asking her teachers, all on her own, to take a class she is interested in. There is no way that would have happened before. As for her brother, he has always been such an outgoing soul but afraid to try, afraid to fail. Now, he is ready to take on new activities that will require his effort. He has learned from camp not to give up but keep trying. I'm so thankful to this organization. Thankful that these amazing mentors give selflessly of their time for our children. So thankful for Knights of Heroes!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for an amazing first year!! Both of my kiddos are already looking forward to next year, which will be the first year for my son. I can not speak highly enough of all of the people involved!! They give so selflessly of their time for these kids, for our families. It is very humbling!! My daughter is a changed kid! Challenges and hurdles are no longer impossible. What a difference this week has made!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a third year mentor, I am so excited each year to see the growth of our campers from the year before. Campers who once had trepidations about rock climbing now take pride in their rock climbing prowess. Campers who were once withdrawn and quiet have found their leadership potential and care for younger campers. Having seen results for three years now, I am encouraged about the kind of young men and women our campers will be, confident that they will stand out among their peers despite their life situation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my father several years before my first camp experience, so I knew first-hand how crucial the influence a positive, adult role model is in the development of young girls and boys. I was eagerly looking for an opportunity to use my experience in a positive way, and found it as a mentor at Knights of Heroes. The program allows kids to bond with each other over their shared experience while helping them discover their unknown strengths. KOH has the opportunity to bring kids hope, while helping them develop into strong, positive and productive adults, who contribute to healthy communities.

Jocelyn3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a military widow with two boys ages 15 and 11. Knights of Heroes is dedicated to serve children that have experienced the loss of a military parent. The program offers the boys opportunities to connect with mentors that are of a military background to teach them that regardless of the circumstance they can conquer anything that they put their minds to do. Knights of Heroes gives my boys a chance to engage in activities that thier dad would have done with them had he been here to do so. The mentors and other voluteers in this organization are a critical component and make a huge difference in the lives of the children they touch.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is a great camp for kids of the fallen! It helps them know that they are not alone. It builds strong friendships that last forever. It helps you overcome fears and face obstacles. The mentors are amazing! They are truly there for the kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was pleased to be part of Knights of Heroes. I did not think that I would have much to contribute as a mentor for these boys. Boys, like men in general, are not overeager when it comes to sharing their problems and their emotional troubles. I wondered how I would help them. I am not a father, nor did I lose my dad at such a young age. It ended up being a great experience for all of us. KOH focuses on wilderness skills and confidence-building activities. We showed them some difficult outdoor activities that they had never seen or done before, and the community of other boys was very powerful for them. The camp emphasizes responsibility, initiative, and hard work to them every day, without beating them over the head with it. Boldness, for example, is better taught through mountain biking than in it could ever be taught in a classroom. The camp exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to go back next year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is without a doubt the greatest cause for volunteering your time, to the kids of the fallen serving our country. There is no greater cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is a life-changing experience for everyone involved. As a mentor going on seven years, nothing has brought me greater satisfaction than hiking in the wilderness with a group of Knights. Their personal journeys of self discovery (and self efficacy) advance higher each year. Prodigious leaders are unmasked at this camp, it is quite something to behold.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a mentor for Knights of Heroes. When I came home from Iraq it didn't matter that I had a West Point diploma, Ranger Tab, and combat experience... I felt completely alone, isolated and cut off from everyone including my own family. Then I found Knights of Heroes. The kids I met in the program taught me this new expression of courage which is the courage to live on. You see, I had lost my will to live. But I learned that if these guys could do it, then I could too. I am so fortunate and blessed to be a part of this great organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband passed away while on Active Duty 3 years ago. This is the second year my son, now 17, has attended Knights Of Heroes camp. This event is one of the highlights of my sons year!
Although KOH can never replace my son's father, they certainly have stepped in a filled a huge hole in his life. At KOH camp my son gets to be a "Normal" young man. He experiences outdoor adventures, physical challenges, and incredible man to man bonding I cannot give him as his mother. The bonds that have formed with his mentors have been lifelong and life changing. My son has been able to work through many stages of grief through physical activity and real life scenarios.He has been given life skills that will go with him into adulthood. The KOH volunteers are the true heroes in my eyes. How many people give up a week or more of vacation and family time to work tirelessly to pour into the lives of others children.
I have also attended the Moms part of the program which is outstanding and allows the surviving spouses to bond and grow together.

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mkhart4 08/11/2014

Your son can come back as a mentor.

Kris Vega E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KOH is wonderful, my children and lost there father and my husband in Feb of 2006 and in that time there has not been a male role model in our lives, so when the opportunity for my 2 youngest children came up to attend the KOH camp it was wonderful we all were able to attend and i say we because the moms program is just as wonderful as the camp for the kids,it offers much needed positive actives and mentoring for all of the kids my children have been able to learn and do things that that may never have been iterdused to them through the camp (rock climbing,shooting,rafting,mountain biking,real out door overnight camping )and the fact that all of the kids have suffered the same kind of loss. there is a wonderful kind of bonding that goes on through this camp my children and my self have made LIFE long friends and connections as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW where do I start with a review for KOH truly Amazing !!!! my children are 3ed year campers and each year is better and better my children look forward to camp all year it is right up there with Christmas and birthdays !! The time that KOH give to each child is wonderful the mentors they are just the best. my children have had the same mentors each year and it is wonderful to see the bonds that they are making with other kids and mentors this. there is no other organization like this KOH is truly amazing !!! love love love them already looking forward to next year :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My twins just completed their last year at camp due to graduating from high school. This camp and this group of people who run this charity are truly Christian, wonderful people. This organization has helped my children with the grieving process and also have been mentors to them. My children have benefited from this organization more than I ever thought possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes is a grassroots organization that puts everything it has into the kids. Everyone who is a part of it is a volunteer who truly believes in the mission. The foundation is dedicated to being a part of these kids lives for the long run.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Knights of Heroes Foundation is the best! They help me through the grieving process. The mentors do things with me that I can't do with my Dad because he is in Heaven.

TriciaSimmons

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes Foundation is one of the best organization out there. My experience with them was life changing for my son and I. The donors, staff, mentors, event planners and mom were the best. We enjoyed several activities that were planned for us and my son and we came back refresh, renewed and a positive attitude. I enjoyed each and every activity that was planned and I truly enjoyed spending time with the other moms wheather we were relaxing, hanging out or just having a one on one conversation. I could have spent another week. Knights of Heroes is what my son and I really needed and I can see and feel the love and support from every single person in the organization. I came away feeling like I gain another family.