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Knights of Heroes Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   280 reviews

Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):

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

Address:

13395 Voyager Parkway, Suite 130, PMB 106 Colorado Springs CO 80921 USA

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Knights of Heroes for seven years now and am proud to be part of the KOH family. The kids and families we serve, as well as the army of volunteers and mentors, inspire me. Almost 100% of every dollar donated goes to the program itself and the kids we serve. We get to see firsthand the results of the years of continued mentoring and programs as these kids graduate and continue on with our grad program and becoming volunteers themselves. There is nothing else like KOH serving the children of our fallen heroes into adulthood. Remembering and honoring their sacrifices brings healing....doing life with others who know the loss makes a difference...

 
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I have been involved with Knights of Heroes (KOH) for the past 6 years, as a mentor and board member. As with years past, I am always amazed, and feel the organization is truly blessed, to have the number of top notch volunteers and donors that it does. I feel it shows that the mentors, and all volunteers, 'receive' just as much as they 'give'...that they are dedicated to the continuance of support year after year, and to the relationships developed and forged at camp with these kids. All of our hearts are in it for the long haul, challenging and supporting the children of our nation's fallen heroes, as we would wish someone would do for us and our kids if we were to fall. KOH is not just another "free camp" for Gold Star kids. All involved invest and pour into the kids we serve, year after year, challenging them to believe in themselves, to try new things, to conquer fears, to live and write a good story for themselves, to develop long lasting friendships, and to Rise Up above what the world would teach them and become who God made and intended them to be...

 
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I currently serve on the board of KoH and this will be my 5th year as a mentor at camp. To me, one of the most incredible aspects of this camp, are the relationships that the kids form here. These kids share the common loss of their dad, they can truly relate to each other, share with each other, support and lift each other up, heal together...year after year...through out the year, no matter where they are from in the country. The high adventure activities at camp build confidence and trust, challenges the kids to strive for more, to conquer their fears, discover their abilities and love for the outdoors. Nature has always had a restorative affect on human nature. KoH provides positive long-term adult mentorship and character development to the kids with the core values of: be bold, be a leader, be boundless, be proactive, and be responsible. We charge campers to "Rise Up" above what the world teaches, and become the young men and women that God calls them to be, that their dad's would call them to be. It has always been inspiring to me how our volunteers, year after year, continue to commit their time, efforts, and love to these kids...how all will tell you that they also receive something intangible through this camp. So many of our volunteers are active duty, prior, or connected to the military somehow...it's a beautiful thing....

 
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So many mentors say "Knights of Heroes camp is the most fun and rewarding week of my year!" It's true! As a woman of faith, I look forward every year to seeing how God has been working in the lives of the young women we serve, hearing their personal stories of struggle and accomplishment. Camp is a week of conquering fears, challenging oneself, forging lifelong friendships with others who truly know your loss, and lots of plain ol' having a blast in the great outdoors! White water rafting, rock climbing, ropes course, wake-boarding, back country backpacking, archery, etc...learning to do so many things together with others who share a common loss, building confidence in oneself and receiving through the encouragement of others...it's a unique week where the impact is visual and tangible in the growth of the young people we serve.
One young lady, having come to camp for 7 years, had not been able to conquer her fear of heights, or believe in her ability to climb a rock face (for many reasons). So this year our amazing rock climbing crew designed and bolted a route just for her in the hopes of giving her success and overcoming her fears. In the rock climbing community, the first person to climb a new route gets to name it, and when this amazing young lady got to the top, you could hear the cheers of the whole group echoing in the canyon! She named it J & J after her and her dad...she will forever have that moment, and the gift of being able to honor her father. KOH is just amazing!

 
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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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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!

 
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Knights of Heroes is simply the best grass-roots organization I've ever seen, heard of, or worked with. I have served as a volunteer mentor with them for almost a decade and have seen first-hand the long-lasting and incredible impact for good this organization brings to the lives of young men and women who have endured such immense loss.

 
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I have been a boys’ mentor with Knights of Heroes for a number of years now and I have never in my life heard of or seen another organization quite like this one. The positive impact KOH has on these kids is beyond words. The group of mentors is the most impressive bunch of fellas I’ve ever worked with. I’ve watched boys come up through KOH from year one through graduation and the transformation in their life is unreal. Terrified, angry and confused youths are transformed into courageous, mature and bold men who often are already impacting the world around them for good. I am honored to be a part of Knights.

 
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Knights of Heroes does it right! Personal connection and mentoring for the kids is foundational and effective with these boys. I've been a volunteer at this camp for four years now, and it's the most impactful week of my year. I'm amazed at the progress the boys make from year to year. The same boy I had four years ago who wouldn't even ride a bike, just hiked 29 miles in four days and crossed the continental divide .... Twice! His confidence and resilience is inspiring and KoH is one of the leading factors in that success.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I've been a mentor for Knights of Heroes for two years and have seen first hand the immense benefit that KoH provides to these kids. It is so much more than just a summer camp. The personal connection the boys make with each other and the mentors lasts all year long. I've watched these boys' confidence visibly increase during the week of high adventure activities each year. In my 12 years of military service, I've never seen a more effective organization that blesses families of the fallen. The personal touch KoH provides to the entire family (Moms, boys, girls and siblings too young for the camp activities) is absolutely unmatched and more beneficial than a simple review can even begin to describe. And the fact that this grass roots organization is 100% donations based is even more incredible based on the unprecedented blessings it provides. Wow.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding so KoH can bring even more families to camp next summer!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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As a Youth Mentor for Knights of Heroes (KoH), I've been incredibly impressed at the year-long support KoH provides for the kids. A grass roots organization, this one stands out from the crowd with immense levels of personal support, care and love. Other organizations provide a solitary experience, or give much needed funds - but KoH is the total package deal.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I have been volunteering in support of Knights of Heroes (KOH) since 2013. What amazes me the most about this organization is the transformation that takes place in these young men and women, who are healing from unexpected emotional trauma. As kids, they often start their first (KOH) camp with thick emotional and social walls built miles high and lists of on-going challenges associated with loss of a parent. Being surrounded by peers who have experienced similar loss and coached and mentored by positive, strong volunteers quickly breaks these walls down. Subsequent KOH camps and engagements have proven to help pave the way for long-term healing and growth. Thank You to the donors, leadership team, and volunteers who make KOH such a success!

 
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This is my seventh year volunteering as a mentor for young men in the Knights of Heroes’ first-through-third-year program. Every year, I am incredibly amazed at how impactful this program is on the development of our country’s next generation of citizens, husbands, fathers, and leaders.

This year, one of my team’s second-year mentees spent 45 minutes sobbing while stuck on a challenging spot during a difficult [and scary for anybody] rock climb. Although I had been pushing him and knew he could make it to the goal he had set (the top), I finally asked him if he wanted to come down and he replied “yes.” After lowering him via a rope to my level, the mentee started to sob even more and tried to blame me for letting him come down. I explained to him: this was his second year at the camp, he had grown in year since he had last been at camp, he knew he was again going to be challenged with a rock climb this year, and it was time for him to take ownership of his own performance and decisions. After 10 minutes of calming down and reflection, the mentee came back over to me and said he wanted to go back up. And, oh how he climbed!

As a side note, I cannot say enough good things about the Foundation's leadership team and culture of professionalism. Despite facing seemingly insurmountable challenges in 2020, the leadership team and staff has effectively adhered to rapidly-changing federal and state guidance, planned and prepared for a variety of abnormal contingencies, and mitigated numerous higher-than-normal health- and safety-related risks.

 
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Every year I am more and more amazed with the evolution of this camp and how it positively shapes so many young men and women. It is very clear Steve, Eric, Kerri, the Board of Directors, and many volunteers are committed to growing and improving the camp's infrastructure and number of opportunities for children to experience exciting (and many times scary:) challenges in a safe environment. Over the past seven years, I have seen boys who could barely look you in the eye, shake your hand, make small talk, or face any challenge without a "melt down," mature into confident and responsible young men who are well on their way to being future leaders of character in their families and communities.

 
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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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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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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KoH is an awesome organization that I'm proud to have volunteered with for about 11 years!

What really tells me that this camp makes a difference is that our graduated former campers are now returning as a new generation of mentors! They clearly believe in the organization enough to return as a volunteer, and it's great seeing the wonderful people they have become.

Quid

 
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I have been involved with this company now for nearly 8 years and I have never seen a foundation impact the lives of young children in such a positive and consistent way. As someone who has been through every aspect of this foundation, I have seen such massive improvements in the lives of children and the parents that participate.

 
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I’ve been impressed for several years how KoH has consistently taken care of our military families and especially our Gold Star Kids!

 
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Such a great organization. They really do a nice job taking care of the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Their mentorship is second to none and the impact in the boys and girl’s lives is incredible. They do such a wonderful job maximizing people’s donations.

 
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Amazing to see an organization so committed to supporting and loving on families that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. The boys and girls are part of a community that helps them grow to be wonderful men and women.

 
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Humbled to be part of such an amazing group of individuals. I love seeing the bond built between the campers and their mentors. The activities the kids engage in are tremendous - I love seeing the campers expand their limits!

 
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Knights of Heroes brought so much joy to my family this past summer! My son and I got to test ourselves, face challenges, and rely on our strength and perseverance to overcome. The experience really helped us reconnect with not only ourselves, but each other as well! I just cant say enough good about what this organization has done for me and my son! Thank you for taking the time to read this! Please consider supporting this amazing non profit!

 
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I became aware of this Foundation in 2009 while still on active duty in public service. I've been a donor ever since. I'm honored to know the founder and several organizers, board members, campers/graduates, and fellow donators ... all have inspired me by their care, compassion, growth, development, vision, and ideals. Truly breathtaking!

 
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I was a camper for 10 years and have been a mentor or worked for them for 5 years now. This program changed my life, taught me how to deal with adversity, and has given me the greatest community I have ever known!

 
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I was a camper at KOH for 10 years and now I’ve been on the staff/mentor Team for 4 years, and it is one of the single most life changing experiences/communities I have ever been a part of. When I lost my dad in military service, knights stepped in and taught me what being a man meant, that being bold, a leader, responsible, kind to others, Etc. they have given me an invaluable skill set in the outdoors, in leadership, and they’ve given me direction in life: to serve others.

 
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