Legacy or Military Mentor Volunteer at National Good Grief Camp

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Arlington, Virginia
Registration Close Date: May 27, 2021

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 27th Anniversary TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. 


Military mentors and TAPS children

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.


Military mentors and TAPS children

Good Grief Camp Schedule

All legacy and military mentors MUST attend mentor training on 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.

Thursday, May 27

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. — Group Leader and Senior Mentor training

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Lunch and Mentor training

6:30 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 28

7:30 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. — Good Grief Camp 

Saturday, May 29

7:30 a.m. to 10:15 p.m. — Good Grief Camp 

Sunday, May 30

7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. — Good Grief Camp

Monday, May 31

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 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202


Lodging and Transportation

Free parking is available for Good Grief Camp mentors. Detailed parking instructions will be shared with volunteers.


How to Register

To register as a Legacy and Military Mentor: 

  1. Create a mentor account.
  2. Once you've created your account, log back in and complete a background check form.
  3. After you receive a confirmation email of a completed background check, log into your account and register for the 27th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp and any additional programs you're interested in.

For questions about mentoring at Youth Programs event, call 800-959-TAPS (8277) or email mentors@taps.org.