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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

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

My son has attend Knights of Heroes for several years now. This camp gives him experiences he would otherwise not have had as a result of the loss of his father in Afghanistan. It also gives him an opportunity to bond with other boys who have suffered a loss because of the war on terror. Some of the benefits of this camp for my son have been an increase in self-confidence, sense of belonging, and an appreciation of others through service work. KOH plans fun activities, helps them give back through the service projects, and provides many volunteer mentors who support and look after our kiddos while at camp. This is a great organization and am very thankful for the opportunities they have awarded my son.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Knights of Heroes gives my children the opportunity to connect with adult mentors through fun Colorado outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking. The mentors/volunteers involved in the camp are exceptional. Their commitment to my children extend throughout the year, not just during summer camp. My daughter has just returned from her 4th year of camp and my son his 3rd. Because of this foundation my children have had the opportunity to bond with other teens who have lost a parent that served in the military. What I personally admire about KOH, as a mom, are the values they strive to instill into all of their campers…responsibility and leadership to name a few. I also like that KOH includes a community service project during camp to "give back" and the kids that age out of the program are encouraged to return as junior mentors. Pure greatness!

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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Dawn Rowe

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has had the single most impact on both of my children. My children have attended other groups for KIA survivors, but Knights of Heroes has provided 10 years of consistent mentorship. It's not just one week of camp, it's relationships that have been built so these kids have role models and people they are accountable to, which is very important in the teen years. They reach out to their mentors during the year, and these relationships have created a support network that my kids rely upon during the tougher times in life.

Knights of Heroes and its impact on my kids is profound...they are stronger, more self-assured, more compassionate people because of this organization. It's not just a week at camp doing fun things, it's a week of growth that facilitates a year's worth of self-confidence, as well as life-long friendships with other kids whose fathers have been killed.

Lastly, they stretch every penny they receive and use it more wisely than any non-profit I have ever seen. They are incredibly appreciative of any and all donations...be it monetary or in-kind. People often wonder if their donations are being used wisely, and from my 10 years of experience with them, they do a fantastic job!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my children attend Knights of Heroes as campers. This was their 9th year with the program, and they continue to benefit from it and the LOVE it! The camp connects them with other kids who have experienced a similar loss, and it provides them consistent mentoring year after year. While no one or group can take the place of their father, Knights of Heroes has filled a part of that void for both of my kids, and it wonderful way to show them there are so many Americans who recognize their loss and are trying help. I am so blessed and thankful to have the KOH volunteers as a part of our lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my children have benefitted from this camp. The staff exceeds expectations and truly care about all the children. They have happily stepped in to fulfill that father figure role model these children lost when their fathers died in the military. I was happy with the mission, their goals and how my son benefitted last year that I turned around and made my own donation to the camp. I am truly thankful for Steve and the Knights of Heroes Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Leanne7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my son's favorite camp. He is learning so much and is able to learn and do things that I am unable to teach. I have seen such growth, maturity and learning leadership skills that is setting him up for a successful future. I cannot say enough good things about this camp. He gets to go on adventures he and his dad would have gone on. Thank you Knights of Heroes for giving my son this wonderful experience

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my son's second year attending Knights of Heroes. His confidence and self esteem was boosted as he faced his fears and conquered them. His desire to help others and work as a team is evident with his willingness to help out more around the house. He was so excited to reunite with his mentor and friends from last year and to make new friends this year. This camp gives my son the ability to participate in activities that are either not available in our area or that I am unable to do with him. This camp is a camp he is so excited for and at the end he doesn't want to leave. We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers who make this week of camp a memorable and fun one.

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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!

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.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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