Volunteer as a Legacy or Military Mentor at National Good Grief Camp

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Arlington, Virginia
Registration Open from December 1, 2023 to May 27, 2024
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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 30th Anniversary TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp. 


Legacy mentor and Teen

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.


Good Grief Camp Schedule

All legacy and military mentors MUST attend mentor training 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.

Military mentors and TAPS children

Thursday, May 23

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. — Group Leader meeting

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Military Mentor registration and meeting

5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. — Good Grief Camp - OPTIONAL

Friday, May 24

6:30 a.m. to  7:00 a.m. — Legacy & Military Mentor meeting 

8:15 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. — Good Grief Camp 

6:30 p.m. to  7:00 a.m. — Group Leader meeting 

Saturday, May 25

7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Good Grief Camp 

2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Good Grief Camp Adventure on Fort Myer 

Sunday, May 26

7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Good Grief Camp

Monday, May 27

7:00 a.m. to conclusion — Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony (service members are encouraged to wear their dress uniform) or the Memorial Day Parade - OPTIONAL


Military mentor and TAPS child

Lodging and Transportation

All events, including training, will take place at the Marriott Crystal Gateway, 1700 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. 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. Login and/or create a TAPS Portal Account.
  2. Select the button to register (blue button at the top of this page). Make certain to select that you are attending as a “Military Mentor”.
  3. After completing the registration, a member of our Mentor team will contact you within 10 business days. If you have any questions, please call TAPS at 800.959.TAPS(8277) or email mentors@taps.org.


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