graduate programs

We encourage our campers to stay engaged with Knights of Heroes long after they formally graduate from the program. We have found that some of the greatest challenges these kids will face are after they graduate from high school. We are committed to walking alongside these young men and women through ever stage of their lives.

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Richard V. Gilbert

graduate program director

Richard Gilbert joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school in 2003. He was stationed in Camp Pendleton with the 3rd Battalion 1st Marines where he participated in the battle of Phantom Fury (Fallujah). He later became a member of the Scout/Sniper platoon and graduated from sniper school in 2005. Later he was injured in the line of duty and spent his last 2 years of active duty at Balboa Naval Hospital with the Wounded Warrior Battalion, where he was medically retired.


Richard went on to obtain his bachelors degree at the University of California San Diego, where he founded the Student Veterans Resource Center. Richard spends most of his time in the outdoors or abroad and has traveled to 94 countries and all 7 continents. His most recent adventure includes spending a summer in Pakistan where he visited the compound that Osama Bin Laden died by the hands of SEAL Team 6.  Rich has a passion for service and has found his calling with the graduates of Knights of Heroes.


Here about why being part of the KOH community means so much to him on our Videos and Media page.

Richard Gilbert and his dog
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    graduate road trip

    may 15 - 23, 2021


    This is the biggest event of the year for the graduate program.  Each year, in the month of May preferably, Crew will embark on a weeklong road trip to different destinations around the country.


    This year, Crew will be heading to Zion (canyoneering), the north rim of the Grand Canyon (visited by only 10% of GC visitors), and then to Moab (climbing, hiking, national parks).


    sign up here for the roadtrip

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    graduate backpacking trip

    august 1 - 7, 2021


    Crew will be hosting a weeklong backpacking trip each summer to different geographic areas.  The idea is to tone the skills of our graduates so they may return to KOH as better camp counselors and guides for our campers.


    sign up here for the backpacking trip


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    graduate ski/snowboarding trip

    December 10 - 13, 2021


    Every year KOH hosts an annual “shred fest” where campers are introduced to snow survival and snowboarding/skiing.


    This event allows graduates to continue their training in the pursuit of snowboarding and skiing, and lets us get face time with our graduates before they head home for, what can sometimes be, a stressful home life situation over the holidays.


    Sign up here for the ski/snowboarding trip

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Staff, mentors, and campers together

summer camp staff

july 10 - 17, 2021

If graduates desire an opportunity to serve as a KOH mentor, the process is as follows:


1st year back to KOH summer camp - graduates will serve on a work crew. Work crews will arrive early to prep the camp, complete work projects at the camp during the week of the summer camp and stay late to tear down and clean up the camp.


2nd year back to KOH summer camp - graduates will serve on staff. This can be as a part of the shooting, climbing, ropes course, kitchen or general staff.


3rd year back to KOH summer camp - graduates will serve as junior mentors on a 1st - 3rd year team.


4th year back to KOH summer camp - graduates are now full-fledged mentors and are assigned two 1st - 3rd year campers.


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graduate retreat

july 30 - august 1, 2021

The Reality Check - Graduate Retreat is an opportunity for our young adult KOH graduates to return to the KOH camp and share their experiences, challenges and successes with the friends they created during the years they spent as campers at KOH.


Sign up here for the graduate retreat

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Ginger's story

koh makes an impact

I am a mother of five young children and found myself a widow after my husband was killed in action in Iraq. My two oldest are boys who were extremely close to their loving father. God has sustained us through many dark and difficult days. The Modern Day Knights camp in Colorado was one of those very special provisions He bestowed. My boys came home full of fun memories, lasting joy and purposed direction. The camp and its staff lovingly cared for and physically challenged my sons in a different way than I have been able to as their mother. Thank you for the privilege of allowing this special camp to continue to be a part of our lives. 


Ginger

Phoenix, Arizona


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