2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

A general agenda for the entire event as well as a sample of some of the many workshops, sessions, and off-site activities is below.  Select the yellow button to view the full program of this year's events. 

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Adult Seminar Schedule

Thursday, May 26

  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Peer Mentor Check-in & Training
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Child Care
  • 3:30-8:30 PM 
    Early Check-in and TAPS Store Open
  • 5:30-8:30 PM
    Good Grief Camp Zone Open (Movies, Crafts, Active Games)
  • 5:30-8:30 PM
    Good Grief Camp Check-In
  • 5:30-8:30 PM
    Welcome Reception

Friday, May 27

  • 7:00-9:00 AM
    Breakfast
  • 7:30-10:00 AM
    Adult Check-In
  • 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Child Care
  • 8:00-9:00 AM
    Good Grief Camp Check-in
  • 8:00 AM-6:00 PM 
    Survivor Care Tent
  • 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 
    Resource Village 
    TAPS Store
    Bookstore
  • 9:00 AM-4:00 AM
    Good Grief Camp Day 1
  • 9:00-10:00 AM
    Connection Groups

    Newcomers Welcome: First Time NMSS Attendees
    Suicide Loss Survivors - Panel 
    Connection Groups for Survivors of Military Loss

  • 10:00 AM-8:00 PM
    Help Desk
  • 10:30 AM-12:030 PM
    Opening Ceremonies
  • 12:00-1:30 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:30-4:30 PM
    1:1 with Dr Blankenship (30 minute sessions)
  • 12:30-5:00 PM
    Artful Grief Studio
  • 12:30-8:00 PM
    Survivor Sanctuary
  • 1:30-4:30 PM
    Connecting Workshops
    Sharing Groups
  • 3:30 - 4:30 PM
    TAPS Family Reception and Reunion
  • 4:30-6:30 PM
    Load Buses for Friday Evening Events

Friday Evening will consist of the Special Event of your choice, but pre-registration is required!

  • 4:30 PM
    Pentagon Tour 
    Dinner provided ON bus 
  • 5:30 PM
    Wax Museum 
    Dinner provided AT museum 
  • 5:45 PM
    Potomac River Cruise 
  • 5:45 PM
    Washington National Baseball Game
     
  • 6:00 PM
    DC Tour
  • 6:00 PM
    Monument Walking Tour
     
  • 6:00 PM
    USMC Evening Parade
     

  • 5:00-6:30 PM
    Dinner
  • 5:00-8:00 PM
    Knitter's Group
  • 7:00-9:00 PM
    Knitter's Group
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
    Combined 12 Step Group Meeting

Saturday, May 28

  • 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
    Help Desk
    Survivor Sanctuary
  • 7:00-8:00 AM
    Sun Salutations Yoga
    Inner Warrior Goes Outdoors
  • 7:00-9:00 AM
    Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle runs continuously
  • 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Resource Village 
    TAPS Store
    Bookstore
  • 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
    TAPS Survivor Care Tent
  • 8:30 AM-9:00 PM
    Child Care
  • 9:00 AM-9:30 PM
    Good Grief Camp Day 2
  • 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
    Offsite Adventures
    Advance registration required
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
    Artful Grief Art Studio
  • 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
    1:1 with Dr Blankenship (20 minute sessions)
  • 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
    Workshops
    Sharing Groups
  • 12:30-1:30 PM
    Lunch
  • 1:30-5:00 PM
    Workshops
    Sharing Groups
  • 6:00-9:00 PM
    TAPS Grand Banquet
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
    Combined 12 Step Group Meeting

Sunday, May 29

  • 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
    Help Desk
  • 7:00-8:00 AM
    Sun Salutations Yoga
    Inner Warrior Goes Outdoors
  • 7:00-8:30 AM
    Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
    Arlington National Cemetery Shuttle runs continuously
  • 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Resource Village
  • 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
    TAPS Survivor Care Tent
  • 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
    TAPS Store
    Bookstore
  • 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
    Good Grief Camp
  • 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
    Child Care
  • 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
    Survivor Sanctuary
  • 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
    Offsite Adventures
  • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
    Artful Grief: Art Studio
  • 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
    1:1 with Dr Blankenship (20 minute sessions)
  • 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
    Workshops
    Sharing Groups
  • 12:00-1:00 PM
    Lunch
  • 12:30-5:00 PM
    Washington Nationals Baseball Game
  • 1:00-4:00 PM
    Workshops
    Sharing Groups
  • 2:00-5:00 PM
    National Memorial Choral Festival
  • 4:00 PM
    Good Grief Camp Pickup
  • 5:00-8:00 PM
    TAPS Family BBQ Dinner
  • 9:00-10:00 PM
    Combined 12 Step Group Meeting

Monday, May 30

  • 7:00-9:00 AM
    Breakfast
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM
    Help Desk
  • 7:00-8:00 AM
    Sun Salutations Yoga
  • 7:15 AM-2:00 PM
    Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Service & Shuttle
  • 8:30 AM-3:00 PM
    TAPS Survivor Care Tent
  • 12:30-4:30 PM
    National Memorial Day Parade

Good Grief Camp Schedule

Thursday, May 26

  • 5:30-8:30 PM
    Registration for Good Grief Camp Zone
    Registration for Good Grief Camp and Intake 1 
    Good Grief Camp Zone

Friday, May 27

  • 8:00-9:00 AM 
    Registration for Good Grief Camp and Intake 1
  • 9:00 AM 
    Good Grief Camp Begins
    Your child/ren’s group leaders will provide you with the room and location of their groups 
  • 4:00 PM 
    Good Grief Camp Ends and Child Pick Up
    Please make sure you know where to pick up your child as those traveling to Friday night activities have buses to catch!

Saturday, May 28

  • 8:30 AM
    Good Grief Camp Begins
    All Groups will travel to Potomac Park, Washington, DC for lunch and a special event hosted by Yellow Ribbons Unite.
    GGC will host three age appropriate parties on Saturday night: After dinner at the Ft. Myers Dining Facility, the younger kids will return to the hotel for a Movie Night, middle aged kids will have dinner and tour the Spy Museum; and the teens will have a Luau and dance party.
  • 9:30 PM 
    Good Grief Camp Ends and Child Pick Up

Sunday, May 29

  • 8:30 AM
    Good Grief Camp Begins
  • 4:00 PM 
    Good Grief Camp Ends and Child Pick Up