The Knights of Heroes Foundation was created in January of 2007 by Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Steve Harrold. He did so to commemorate the life of a friend and former pilot, Major Troy Lee "Trojan" Gilbert, who was killed during combat operations while flying his F-16 to protect ground troops being overrun by the enemy in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was a husband and father of five children.
Each summer, families with children between the ages of 10 and 17 are invited to attend at absolutely no cost. While the kids are at camp, the moms and younger siblings spend the week visiting sites in and around Colorado Springs. Lodging and travel arrangements are made for the families that attend from outside the local area.
The camp was founded on Christian faith but is not a Bible camp. Families of all beliefs and from every background are welcome.
The first camp was held in June of 2007 under the name "Modern Day Knights." Sixteen boys attended from Texas, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. The camp was so successful, Knights of Heroes was established as a non-profit organization in November of 2007.
The program has continued to grow each year and in 2011, the first girls program was held. In 2016, twenty-three girls spent the week at the Christ Haven Lodge, while forty-nine boys attended camp on the new KOH property. Thirty-five moms and twelve younger siblings spent the week in Colorado Springs during the camp.
In February of 2015, the Knights of Heroes Foundation purchased a 118-acre property on the western slope of Pikes Peak. This is the new home of the Knights of Heroes Foundation. Property ownership has allowed us to add seasonal retreats to our program. We now offer three events each year (summer camp, spring and fall retreats) and our operating costs have decreased since purchasing the property.
God willing, the program will continue to grow and provide a place for the families of our heroes to gather for years to come.