Washington Family Campout

November 15 - 19, 2018
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Registration opens in August. Look for the blue button on this page at that time.


Find comfort and support for your family while surrounded by the healing powers of nature at our TAPS Family Campout. Family campouts 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 a challenge course, nature walks, family time around the campfire and separate group time for adults and children, we'll learn coping skills, communication skills and ways to enrich the family unit.

TAPS Family Campouts are for children who lost a parent/guardian or sibling 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.

Survivors at Retreat

SCHEDULE

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 a challenge course, nature walks, and arts and crafts. 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 3-4: The fun continues with more camp activities, group bonding and time of remembrance.

Day 5: 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.

 

CAMPOUT FEES

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 AND TRANSPORTATION

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).

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

Registration for this event opens in August. 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 camps@taps.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277). You'll receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your registration. Please email support@taps.org if you do not receive a confirmation email after registering.