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Become a Good Grief Camp Mentor

TAPS Good Grief Camps pair young survivors with (primarily) military mentors who understand the military and can companion these young survivors through their journey of grief. Military mentors help the young survivors learn how we, as a nation, honor those who have served and sacrificed ....

Good Grief Camp Mentor Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a TAPS Good Grief Camp Mentor, please review the skills and characteristics we expect from our mentors:

  • Ability to follow directions from mental health provider/group leader of bereaved child.
  • Ability to use good judgment when assessing safety for children. 
  • Ability to attend all training for volunteers/mentors and the entire weekend. 
  • Ability to demonstrate good moral and responsible conduct around children of all ages.
  • Willingness to be a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” to child who has lost their parent, guardian or other relative in the line of military service.
  • Ability to refrain from profanity, smoking, or unprofessional conduct while serving as a mentor to a child in the Good Grief Camp. 
  • Ability to be “present” and “companion” a child or children while cognizant of own grief and loss issues of a military friend or family member.
  • Willingness to continue the mentor role throughout the rest of the year for the child’s birthday, special events, or holidays. 
  • Ability to show empathy for children and surviving parent as the family is grieving. 
  • Ability to demonstrate good boundaries to help the family use their own inner strengths and community support. 
  • All mentors must complete the security background check. 
Good Grief Camp Mentor Registration

To register as a Good Grief Camp Mentor, select an upcoming camp at a location near you, then look for the yellow and red "Register" section.

Once registered, you will also be required to attend a Good Grief Camp Mentor training session the day prior the camp. TAPS also provides an optional online Good Grief Camp training course. This course reinforces but does not replace the required in-house training.
Thank you for your service in support of the TAPS mission!

For more information, contact us at 1-800-959-TAPS (8277)

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Upcoming Camps
Dates and Locations
National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors
October 9 - October 11, 2015
Cheyenne Mountain Resort - Colorado Springs, Colorado
South Carolina Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
November 20 - November 22, 2015
Columbia, South Carolina
Arizona Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
December 4 - December 6, 2015
Scottsdale, Arizona
Joint Base Lewis McChord Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
January 8 - January 10, 2016
Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
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