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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
Fort Campbell Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
April 10 - April 12, 2015
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Green Bay - Chicago Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
June 26 - June 28, 2015
Green Bay - Chicago Area
Mid Atlantic Region Camp Out
June 29 - July 2, 2015
Columbia, North Carolina
New England Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
July 10 - July 12, 2015
New England Area
Southern California Good Grief Camp Out
July 10 - July 12, 2015
Camp Pendleton Area
Tennessee Good Grief Camp Out
July 23 - July 26, 2015
Fort Campbell Area
Fort Hood Family Reunion
August 1 , 2015
Fort Hood, Texas
Event details posted soon!
Florida Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
August 7 - August 9, 2015
Orlando, Florida
Widows and Children Family Camp Out
August 28 - August 30, 2015
Star Recreational Adventure
Norfolk Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
September 4 - September 6, 2015
Norfolk, Virginia
Camp Pendleton Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
September 11 - September 13, 2015
Camp Pendleton, California
Colorado Good Grief Camp Out
September 25 - September 27, 2015
Fort Carson Area
National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors
October 9 - October 11, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Event details posted soon!
North Carolina Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
November 20 - November 22, 2015
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Phoenix Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
December 4 - December 6, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona
Joint Base Lewis McChord Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
January 2016
Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington
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