Knights of Heroes Foundation
Rating: 5 stars 252 reviews
Nonprofit Issues (NTEE):
Children & Youth, Counseling, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs
13395 Voyager Parkway, Suite 130, PMB 106 Colorado Springs CO 80921 USA
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.
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
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Participants come from all over the world
child services, mentorship, friendship, counseling
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I don't think there is a more positive and thoughtful group of people in the country than the folks that make Knights of Heroes happen. And I really look forward to the honor/opportunity to serve the families and give back to those who gave everything for our country. Seeing the kids push outside of their comfort zone and experience things they otherwise would not have is so rewarding. This organization is extremely well run and organized! I am proud to be a small part of the mission!
Words can't describe the energy and enthusiasm of every person involved with this amazing organization. Volunteering here is the highlight of my year! Steve and his team are wonderful stewards of each dollar donated and they work tirelessly to positively impact the life of each camper. I honestly can't think of a better mission and group of people!
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!
All three of my children have now been to a Knights of Heroes camp. This is one of the most dedicated and supportive charities out there to help our Gold Star families. Through KOH, my children have received one-on-one mentorship with older children (graduates of the KOH program) as well as adult mentors that give so much of their time and energy to nurture lasting relationships with the campers. This is a one-of-a-kind charity that teaches life building skills and instills confidence in our children that will last a lifetime.
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This was our first year in participating with Knights of Heroes. My 11 and 13 year old boys had a fantastic experience. They had the opportunity to bond with mentors who had graduated from the program and form friendships with other boys whose dads have died in the military. The activities KOH exposes the kids to are fantastic. All while building strong character and teaching responsibility, leadership, and emphasizing a strong moral compass. There are simply some things, as a sole parent, that I just can't teach my children. Having the support of an organization like Knights of Heroes to teach my kids real life skills that their dad himself would have otherwise taught them, while boosting their self confidence is absolutely priceless. I can't say enough about the KOH organization and the positive influence they are having on my kids!
A fantastic organization that takes kids without fathers and provides them with opportunities to interact with male role models for guidance, mentorship and everyday Dad know-how. The camps seek to build the kids from the ground up with a solid foundation to tackle the many obstacles life will throw at them. They strip away the entitlement culture and teach these kids how to thrive in this world by pushing them beyond these kid's self imposed limits teaching them only they can limit themselves. These lessons are taught with humility, grace, compassion and love, with a bit of grit thrown in for good measure. The kids who attend the camps of Knights of Heroes are better prepared to face the pressures and challenges of this world.
What an amazing organization! My boys are 11 and 14 and just recently lost their dad at a very critical time in their growing up. Men like Steve and the mentors are standing up in the gap for these boys. My boys came back from a week at camp filled and blessed. They can’t wait to get back with their camp mates and mentors again. What a light this organization and all who support it have been in our lives at such a tough time.
6th year at camp. Another great experience! Camp was a little different this year with COVID precautions, but the kids had a great time and rose to the challenges with grace!.
4th year volunteering. It is rewarding to see the graduates of the program come back as mentors. The growth in these young adults is a powerful witness to the value of this program. Best Charity I've ever worked with or volunteered for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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I’ve been volunteering with KOH for over 5 yrs and have seen firsthand how impactful this program is to the boys and girls that visit the camp! It truly is one of the greatest camps for children of fallen heroes!
I have been a mentor hear for 3 yrs in a row and am privileged to be a part of such a great camp. All of the staff, mentors, volunteers, families, and kids are such amazing people and it is such a joy to work here each summer!!!
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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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.
My son has been attending KOH fir 6 years now. The growth and self confidence I have seen has been incredible. The staff does a phenomenal job in keeping the kids safe and healthy. I can't brag enough about this camp and what it has done for my soon!
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This is such a great program! My son is in the high adventure program and have seen such a growth in responsibility, self confidence and his love of the outdoors. I am so grateful for the care that the staff and volunteers show the kids. I highly recommend this organization!
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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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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.
My son was only 6 when he lost his dad. My son is 12 now and has struggled to find his place in life and lacking skills his dad never got the chance to teach him.
After finding KOH my son has grown and become more confident in himself. He has found his place and learning skills that will grow with him and mold him into the man my husband would be proud of. I am so thankful for KOH and how they have helped my family along with others. We have made life long friends and feel like family.