TAPS Good Grief Camp

 TAPS National Good Grief Camp

There's no place quite like the Good Grief Camp at the National Military Survivor Seminar. Throughout the weekend, you’ll pass children walking hand in hand with their military and legacy mentors, witness the country's highest-ranking military officers singing and dancing with young survivors and see the bonds forged by shared loss.

It may be that a child or teen in your home is new to grief and loss, or it may be that your Good Grief Camper has never known life any other way. Wherever your child is in the grief journey, he or she will share the experiences of Good Grief Camp with others who can relate. These peer connections form the basis for lifelong friendships.

At Good Grief Camp, our young survivors play, talk, laugh, cry, create traditions and honor the loved ones who bring them together. With the support of child grief experts, children and teens can do the work of grief and learn coping skills in a safe place. While we create artwork, play games, go on field trips and participate in special events, young survivors will learn to tell the stories of their heroes, their families and themselves.

At the same time, our one-on-one mentor program pairs a trained service member, veteran, or young adult survivor with each attendee to be their buddy for the weekend.

Registering Your Child

You can register your child for Good Grief Camp by completing the National Military Survivor Seminar registration form. Within your registration, you must also complete an intake form for each child attending camp. We encourage you to register for Good Grief Camp early, as spots fill quickly.

What to Expect

Check back soon for a Good Grief Camp schedule.

We’ll have specific hours for camp set on the schedule. Please make sure your child is ON TIME to his or her group, but not earlier than the start of camp, as this time is set aside for mentors and group leaders to discuss the activities of the day. Please ensure your child is picked up promptly at the close of the sessions for the day.

As requested, we’ve allowed more family time within our schedule on Friday evening! There will be activities available or you can simply hang out with your children in the room, at the pool, or around D.C. on your own.

Your child will be given three TAPS T-shirts for camp, which must be worn each day to help us easily identify children within the TAPS group. Dress should be cool and comfortable. Shorts and tennis shoes are great since there will be a lot of activities and walking. They will also be given a TAPS backpack. If your child has attended a Good Grief Camp before and would like to bring his or her backpack from a previous camp, please feel free to do so.

Important Information

Four-year-olds MUST be potty trained prior to attending Good Grief Camp (we do understand occasional accidents).

If your child's school requires an excused absence letter from TAPS, please email youthprograms@taps.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277) with your child’s name and the days he or she will miss school.

Children are allowed to have cellphones as long as they are on silent (not vibrate). We understand that having them can be a source of comfort for both you and your child. However, we discourage calls during group times. Please know that in an emergency we have a discrete system for interrupting the group if necessary.

For any questions about Good Grief Camp, contact TAPS Youth Programs at youthprograms@taps.org or 800-959-TAPS (8277).