annual summer camp

1st - 3rd year program

For the first three years, campers are paired up with another camper, their same age, and these two campers are paired with a mentor.  The two campers and their mentor take part in exciting, outdoor adventure activities such as white water rafting, shooting, archery, rock climbing, high and low ropes course, horseback riding, water skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking and much more. 


Our goal is to push our kids outside of their comfort zone and teach them to be boundless, overcoming their self-imposed limitations.  Succumbing to fear and allowing it to govern our lives limits potential.  It is our hope that children who attend KOH will learn that the only limits they have, are the limits they place on themselves. 


We also teach them that their loss is tragic, but, it should not define who they are and it should not create a sense of entitlement. This summer camp program is a source of spiritual renewal for campers and mentors.

KOH campers
KOH campers on a mountain peak

high adventure program

After three years at KOH, campers are moved into the high adventure program.


This program focuses on building leadership skills, teamwork, and self-reliance.  Groups of 5-7 campers and 2-3 mentors spend up to 4 nights on back country excursions.  The campers must purify their water, cook for themselves, and carry everything they need while hiking up to 10 miles per day. 


The groups will remain together until the kids graduate from the program at the age of 18.  The pinnacle event at KOH is the graduation summer, where campers complete the iconic 4-pass loop in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. 

graduate program


In 2022, the Foundation is beginning what will be a five-year transition from Gold Star children to Gold Star young adults.  Our focus for the "graduate" program will be on teaching life-skills.  During the week-long summer camp, we will offer workshops on auto repair, welding, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, financial management, resume building and job searching.  Not all young adults are cut out for college.  We will introduce trades that some of our graduates never knew existed.  Additionally, we will offer senior mentors for those who are in need of someone to call on for advice on anything life may throw their way.

A group of moms and siblings
A KOH member horseback riding
Cohort of moms and siblings at Manitou Springs
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Dawn's story

koh makes an impact

Many thanks to you and the Knights of Heroes staff. Blake had an amazing time and benefited tremendously from the experience. He hasn't stopped talking about it since we left!. Caitlin and I both enjoyed ourselves as well. The opportunity to spend time with other surviving spouses was fun, as well as emotionally beneficial. It's a comfort to know we are not all alone in our life without our husbands. We are sincerely grateful for the opportunity you gave us all; your effort, generosity, and kindness have been a tremendous blessing to us. Thank you for all you did, as well as the support of the wives that helped make it possible.


Dawn

Ontario, California


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