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!
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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
Knights of Heroes has been a truly awesome experience for my entire family. This was our second year at this camp and each time it surpasses the first experience tenfold. My son comes back with a new awakening of self strength and confidence that sometimes can take a lifetime for others. The mentors and directors help him conquer his fears and challenge him to try new things. It is the adventure that my son needs and yearns for. KOH, is an excellent camp for both boys and girls that teaches them life skills that will stick with them forever.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Amazing mentors who know how to guide children of the fallen, while learning to enjoys the great outdoors
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your son can come back as a mentor.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
My son attended this camp this year. He had an incredible time bonding with his mentor and other boys who have gone through the loss of their fathers too. For him, getting a chance to just have fun and be a boy is amazing. As a single mom, I can't provide that much needed male bonding that his father would have given him, so having this amazing organization who is willing to step up and provide that for him for an entire week is priceless for us. Thank you Knights of Heroes!
Knights of Heroes is great! I am a teen who has been attending the camp for six years. It leaves a big impact on kids lives. The mentors are great stand-up guys who really care about the kids!
I have been involved with Knights of Heroes since the first year. It has grown from 17 boys to 79 boys and girls. It is sad to have a need for such a camp but a blessing for Steve Harrold to offer it for these brave kids. They have been through more than any child should and to be able to spend a week laughing, sharing and making new friends with kids who share the same loss as them is priceless.
I have been a volunteer working with the Knights of Heroes (KOH) for the six years. The KOH experience has been as rewarding to me as it is to the young men attending. I have witnessed the positive impact that attending the annual KOH camp has had upon them. This year I had the opportunity to witness young men, who had attended the KOH camps as boys, return as mentors to work with the new boys attending the camp to the first time. Their positve impact was obvious. The new boys saw, first hand, what they will one day become even though their hero fathers will not be the ones to guide them. They know that their KOH mentors will do all they can to help fill that void and that their mentors will be there for them anytime they are needed.
KOH is simply the most effective program of it's kind. I became involved with KOH following the death of one of my closest friends. His children were 2 of the original children to attend at the founding of the camp. Since then, the camp has evolved into a program whose impact far exceeds the expectations for something with such a short duration. The program progression for the children keeps things relevant, exciting, and impactful as they continue to attend through their high school years. The proof of this is when they return after graduation to become mentors themselves. The 360 degree approach between mothers, brothers, and sisters puts the entire family on the same page when referring to tools taught and an effective means of implementation. As a mentor, I wait all year to live this week with these amazing kids. To witness, and get to take a small part, in their development as young men and future leaders can never be overstated.
Another amazing year in the backcountry! It's amazing how quickly the boys grow up. I am complete awe of how they adapt, overcome, and use that strength for incredible success. I am honored to be a part of the program, and honored to spend time with such great kids. Congratulations to our graduates! Can't wait to see ya'll next year as mentors!
I found Knights of Heroes on a suggestion of one of the Gold Star Families that attends the camp. Knights of Heroes (KoH) is one of the most incredible organizations I have found. KoH gives these children an opportunity to feel normal for a week, and be mentored by people that are equipped uniquely to deal with the grief and anger that comes up with traumatic loss. Most of the mentors are associated with the military in some way; many of us are either Active Duty or Prior Service, the vast remainder are spouses or have supported in some way the Military. The children that attend KoH are pushed outside of their comfort zones just enough to build their character and help them find self confidence. The difference we see in the kids over the course of just one week is really remarkable. I have seen a child go from a very timid wallflower who never smiled to a beaming and talkative child just over the course of a week. Even the child's mother was very (pleasantly) shocked to get her child back and see the difference!
I help work with the moms' program! The program is set up for the new moms to come and enjoy a week in Colorado with other surviving spouses. The first and second years the moms are in the program they get to enjoy river rafting, climbing, horseback riding, and dinners out with other women in their same situation. If they have other children too young to go to the Knights of Heroes camp, then those little ones stay back with their moms and participate in the fun activities.
In their third year, we ask the moms to volunteer and give back to the new firs and second year moms. We assign each 3rd year mom to an activity to help organize and run. This lightens our load as long-term volunteers, as well as helps the 3rd year moms give back to the program.
I have been with Knights of Heroes for seven years and I love it...it's a wonderful organization that eases our loss and brings us closer to people in similar situations.
Unlike other camps for children who have lost a parent, KOH goes beyond addressing grief. The program promotes long term resiliency, self efficacy, proactive thinking and leadership skills. I have three boys who have attended the camp following the loss of their Dad. The strong mentorship they receive has made a big difference in the young men they are becoming. Focusing on the future and the importance of character and integrity sets KOH apart from any other program!
My children have attended the Knights of Heroes camp for the past 6 years. After my husband was killed in action serving in Iraq, I was at a loss as to how to continue to raise our boys with integrity and character without the help and guidance of their dad. Knights of Heroes has provided amazing mentors in an adventure based program to do just that! The program has helped our boys heal, grow and has also helped them recognize their responsibility to the world around them. This program has changed my children's lives.
As a mentor, this has been a life changing experience for me. There is no better way to honor our heroes than to care for their children. These kids are amazing! I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of Knights of Heroes! I can't wait until next year!
I have been attending Knights of Heroes camp since I was 7 (the first year of camp) and now I am 14. Knights of Heroes camp is my favorite camp I attend in the summer! I love attending this camp because I don't have to explain about my dad because everyone is in the same situation. The male mentors are great and I admire Steve Harrold so much, they sincerely care about my future. Being able to do activities like shooting, mountain biking, rock climbing, etc with guys is priceless!
My daughters and I attended the Knights of Heroes camp this summer. This was our second year. We absolutely love this camp! The girls, boys and moms were challenged and soared to new heights. Both of my girls loved rock climbing, mountain biking, archery and the high ropes course. They were thrilled to shoot shot guns and throw hatchets!!! Two things we, clearly, are unable to do at home. My girls enjoyed the beauty of Colorado and truly have a better appreciation for God's creation.
We love this camp because they empower our kids. Each child has lost a military parent while serving in our Nation's Armed Forces. Even though these kids have suffered tremendous losses, the Knights of Heroes leaders and mentors refuse to let the kids play victim. Instead, they encourage them to "rise up" and overcome. It is comforting that the camp is based on Christian principles and I am delighted by the way each mentor encourages each camper to be their best everyday.
I attended the Knights of Heroes camp for the first time this summer. It was awesome. I am 12 and my sister is 10. We were nervous at first, but the leaders and mentors were so sweet and super nice. We felt a lot of love from them right away. My dad was in the Army and was killed in the war 5 years ago. It is hard to grow up without him, but we're doing OK. It was really nice to be at a cool camp with kids like me. We didn't have to explain where our dads were. We all already knew. So, we could just be kids. Colorado is beautiful! And this is an AWESOME foundation!
My children recently returned from a week at the Knights of Heroes camp. My gratitude is immense as they shared experiences that they had with the volunteer staff and other participants. They had experiences that I would never have been able to provide for them. Since their father's death several years ago I have felt sad that they would never be able to experience 'typical' father-child activities. The Knights of Heroes Foundation has created a program where our surviving children no longer have to miss out on these experiences but also receive mentoring and role modeling from much-needed male figures.
My son participated in his 3rd year at Knights of Heroes and I am deeply indebted! He has learned how to manage himself in challenging situations that require independent thought. He has learned how to lead. He has learned that he is capable and he can push himself. He has learned a lot about himself thanks to the incredible mentors. He has discovered some of what he would have learned from his dad - had his dad been around to teach him. This organization understands how important it is to lead a boy into manhood with emphasis on character and values. My son has gained insight into his future and his potential and he will use this to guide him into adulthood. Grateful to this organization!!!
KOH is an amazing opportunity for young boys and girls to reacquaint themselves with their self confidence since losing their parent in the war. Many people don't realize that when a parent dies suddenly, the child feels very unsure of what he understands about the world. The loss can be so devastating and have a deep and quiet affect on the self confidence and self esteem of a developing child. I have witnessed my son literally "BLOOM" when he returned from spending 1 week at KOH. The camp philosophy is oriented toward allowing the child to rediscover his or her potential in a safe environment where everyone has experienced loss. Through activities and challenges, the kids are encouraged to rely on themselves to problem solve, dig deep, and reveal that they can accomplish difficult tasks with team work and support. Just like a dad would do, this camp allows for physical experiences and mentoring while learning about the world. It is a place that honors what the dad did, exposes the children to the outdoors, and teaches so much that would have been lost. The KOH experience is life changing, thoughtful, fosters growth and confidence, and exactly what my son needed! Thankfully, he will now have this incredible experience to draw from as he becomes a man!
I had never heard of Knights Of Heros Foundation until My Grandaughter and my 2 Great Grandchildren returned from Colorado this past weekend. They came to visit me, and my great grandaughter sat on my lap (she is 12yrs. old) so excited about her week at camp. This young lady, who is usually not very talkative was so excited, and with a big smile on her face, started telling me what a great time she had, and allof the things she got to do. Things, that her Daddy would have done with her, could he have been here. It was hard for this grateful Grandmother to not let her see the happy tears swelling up in my eyes, as she talked. Her brother who attended Day Camp ( as he was not old enough this year), was very happy to take part in all of the activities for his age group. They can't wait until next year. They made new friends, done new things, and were so grateful. Thank you " Knights Of Heroes Foundation" (A nonprofit org.) which now have my admiration, and my support...... THANKS to "all of the volunteers" for the wonderful work you do, with love. Thank you also, for the help you gave my Grandaughter, and the smile you put on her face!!! A very grateful Grandmother. I will be telling others of your great organization. :)
As a participant in this camp, I can tell you first hand about how awesome it was. The mentors were friendly, goodhearted people who made this camp worth while. One of the many things I enjoyed was the mountain biking. In conclusion, I have to say it was very refreshing meeting fellow children of the fallen heroes and making friendships that will last a lifetime.
My husband died while in the Army, serving in Iraq. He left behind four children. My youngest son had the opportunity to attend Knights of Heroes. This camp afforded him the opportunity to be with other men and engage in activities that are best learned through other men. He also worked on character traits that are vital to growing into a well balanced, responsible, respectful, and productive young man. He returned from camp more centered and confident in his abilities and in his future. There is simply to way for me to adequately thank Knights of Heroes and the volunteer Mentors.
I have never been but my nephew is the one who started this camp. He is a great person for doing this for these kids. Steve has a big heart and really likes doing this for the kids. My brother-in-law, Steves father helps out as many others do. It is great opportunity for the boys and girls who go. Everyone can't stop talking about the great time they had. As the boys get older they come back to be mentors and leaders.