Legacy or Military Mentor Volunteer at National Good Grief Camp
TAPS invites those currently serving in the military, veterans, and military survivors who have graduated from Good Grief Camp to register to volunteer as a mentor for the 26th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.
The world changes for grieving children when someone is there for them — and that's where you come in.
At this special event, children and teens grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the military come together from all over the nation and are paired with Legacy and Military Mentors who companion these kids throughout the weekend.
As a Legacy or Military Mentor, you'll support a child throughout the weekend as he or she shares and connects with other surviving kids and learn how to honor his or her loved one. You may do art projects and play silly games. You may throw footballs and cheer them on in relays. You'll definitely create lasting memories and feel pride in yourself for the work you've done.
All legacy and military mentors MUST attend mentor training tentatively scheduled for either Wednesday or Thursday as well as be available for the entire weekend during the times listed below for Good Grief Camp. If you can't make a full commitment, please consider registering as a volunteer instead.
This schedule is tentative and subject to change. A detailed schedule will be provided a few weeks before the event.
Wednesday, May 20
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — Mentor training
Thursday, May 21
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Mentor training
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Good Grief Camp Kid Zone - OPTIONAL
The mentor volunteer training is designed to help equip mentors for the weekend and begin developing rapport in each group. TAPS also provides an optional online Good Grief Camp training course; this course reinforces but doesn't replace the required in-person training.
Friday, May 22
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Good Grief Camp
Saturday, May 23
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Good Grief Camp
Sunday, May 24
8:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. — Good Grief Camp
Monday, May 25
7:30 a.m. to conclusion — Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony (service members are encouraged to wear their dress uniform) or the Memorial Day Parade - OPTIONAL
All events, including training, will take place at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202.