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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Knights of Heroes empowers children who have lost their fathers during military service by providing positive adult mentorship, character development, and lasting friendships forged during an annual wilderness adventure camp. KOH hosts families with common losses allowing them to share experiences and build relationships while increasing public awareness and ensuring that families with losses are not forgotten with the passage of time.

Target demographics: The Knights of Heroes program is available to boys and girls who have lost their fathers in miilitary service. It is important that these children share a common bond, so the following eligibility criteria have been established:Father was Active Duty, Reserve or National GuardFather was the legal guardian of the child applying for campMother is not remarried at the start of the child's first year at campMinimum age - children must be 11 years old or have completed the 5th grade

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Participants come from all over the world

Programs: child services, mentorship, friendship, counseling

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words cannot describe how important this program is to growing and developing young men of character who have the confidence to face their fears in a world filled with significant and diverse social challenges. When, at the end of a camp week, you firmly shake hands and converse with a confident and smiling boy who only days before would look at the ground, not engage any of his peers, and mentally refuse to engage any fears; you know you are a part of something special.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year. I could never have understood the true impacts of warfare on military families without having been part of this incredible program. Some of my one-on-one conversations during the week were more intense than I could have ever imagined - it is clearly evident these boys are dealing with traumatic and unexpected experiences that may take many years to get over. Our charge was not to replace their fathers but rather to challenge these kids, listen, and to exemplify strength of character. My family is dedicated to helping these children in their journeys to adulthood and becoming productive members of society.

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization produces results that I've seen first hand. The young men and women who progress through the organization not only grow into positive and confident young adults, they too return to the organization to give back and pay it forward.

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Kip S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 3rd year volunteering and the organization gets better every year. It is fun to see the growth in kids from year to year as they face newer and harder challenges.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Second year volunteering at this camp. Excited that the camp now is on it's own property! It was great to see how the lessons of Rising Up and facing challenges and fears learned by the boys last year had influenced their lives over the year. They returned more confident and prepared to take on life. The influence of this camp is felt year long for these boys and the benefits will ripple through society as they mature and become leaders.

Heather Reilly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a mentor now for 3 years! It is the most rewarding and fun week of my year. KOH, and these awesome kids, have taught me the true cost of military service and the price of giving the last "full measure". I always thought I "knew" about it, but until KOH, I never experienced it on a certain level and didn't truly "know". I have also come to know the strength in young people's spirit and have been deeply moved by it. The beauty, strength, and resiliency of kids who have lost their fathers is a powerful and painful force. Seeing the relationships these kids forge with others like them who share in that common great loss is a beautiful thing to witness, the friendships they develop even more so. KOH has helped countless kids on their journey of dealing with the loss of their fathers and moving forward with belief in themselves and their abilities, with knowledge of others that care for them, and love and support them, and that they will always have someone to lean on or call if need be. KOH instills in these kids that they are stronger than they know, that they are "enough" just the way they are, that there are others that care about their development as young men and women of community, and want to teach them many things that their dad would have. KOH introduces the great outdoors to many kids, and builds that love and respect of the world around them, and hopefully instills an appreciation for, or love of, nature. KOH also emphasizes the importance of giving back, and reaching back to help the next one along...so many kids graduate camp and come back to mentor--it's an amazing, beautiful process!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, As a second year mentor, I have heard first hand the value KOH holds for the kids, and wives, that they serve, from the kids themselves. I have seen the personal growth and healing in the girls. The young women I have spent time with all find friendships and belonging through their shared loss. They find understanding and compassion like no one else can give them that hasn't experienced the same loss. It has been heart warming to watch some of the veteran campers reach out to, befriend, and be a leader to the new campers. There is real love and caring through out the age groups. The activities, mentorship, and lessons planned truly help instill courage, self esteem, confidence, strength, and friendships.
Knowing that this organization is 100% volunteer run...that mentors and helpers are compassionate Christ followers and many military members is just amazing! Seeing God's grace firsthand and having the "funnest" week of my year is awesome!

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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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!!!

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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

Knights of Heroes continues to wow me! It's always such a tiring week, but also hugely uplifting, and I always look forward to it each year. This was my 4th year serving as Mentor and each year the experience becomes more rewarding because of the connections we can make with returning campers who are growing up. There is a lot of value in consistent service and that consistency breeds trust which really benefits the kids. And, they are amazing! What a resilient, positive and involved group of kids.

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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)!

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.

1 Karlpalmberg

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly an honor and privilege to be associated with Knights of Heroes. Incredible organization that provides these amazing children with positive, adult mentors who challenge and support them throughout the week. The kids push themselves in a variety of activities and further develop friendships and relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated as a volunteer/mentor at a week long camp. It was a great experience for both volunteers and those served. The premise is to use the backdrop of outdoor adventure to develop strong traits in youth who have lost a parent to military service. It is an effective approach put on by a great group of people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.