Find comfort and support for your family while surrounded by the healing powers of nature at our TAPS Family Retreat. Family retreats allow your family to step away from the stresses of daily life, learn about your individual grief journey as well as how to grieve as a family and give you tools for the path ahead.
Through camp activities, like rope courses, swimming and nature walks, family time and separate group time for adults and children, we'll learn coping skills, communication skills and ways to enrich the family unit.
TAPS Family Retreats are for children ages 6 to 17 and their parents or guardians. Both children and guardians will participate in camp activities. We will provide child care during the camp for the families who bring along siblings younger than 6.
Day 1: Our first day will be spent getting to know each other and learning what's in store for our time together.
Day 2: The second day is filled with camp activities like rope courses, nature walks, arts and crafts, and swimming. Parents and children will spend time with their peers, and we'll also come together as family units to participate in activities that will enhance communication and strengthen family connections. Through remembrance ceremonies, we'll honor and remember our fallen heroes together.
Day 3: The fun continues with more camp activities, group bonding and time of remembrance.
Day 4: After camp activities in the morning, we'll wrap up our time together and say our goodbyes.
*Note: Please be aware that this itinerary is subject to change due to a number of reasons, including weather and participant needs.
A $50 deposit for each family will be collected at the time of registration. At the conclusion of the retreat, you may choose to donate this deposit to TAPS to support future programs; otherwise you will receive a full refund.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, TAPS is able to provide lodging, all meals, materials, activities and T-shirts for all campers at no cost to you.
Lodging will be provided for families and military mentors at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island from Thursday through Sunday, and TAPS will cover the cost of lodging.
You will need to cover the cost of your family's transportation to and from Bainbridge Island. The closest airport is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
If your family has not attended a TAPS Regional or National Seminar, please call us at 800-959-TAPS (8277) prior to registering for this event. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277). Email email@example.com if you do not receive a confirmation email after registering.