Week 2: Campout

Good Grief and Family Camp at Home: Summer Program
July 6 - August 28, 2020

Week 2: Campout

Good Grief and Family Camp at Home: Summer Program
July 6 - August 28, 2020


Week 2: Campout

At our TAPS Good Grief and Family Camp at Home you will have a chance to experience the wonderful activities we perform at our campouts, to get connected with your family through challenges, and to engage with others by sharing your challenge experience on social media, and coming together for a live Zoom chat and activity with your TAPS family!

We were inspired by our campout experiences and the great summer activity of camping! Our family challenge, activities and booklet, and Zoom session will provide you with fun ways to explore campouts and the great outdoors!

Welcome to Camp Video | Share with UsCamp Activities | Activity Booklet | Family Challenge | Zoom Chat | Parents and Guardians


Welcome to Campout




Introduction to our week at camp is provided by TAPS Group Leader and Mentor, Weston Cowden. Weston serves in the Army as a commander at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His high energy and generous heart has been serving TAPS children for almost four years!

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Share your Adventure


Don’t forget, each time you participate in TAPS Good Grief and Family Camp you earn points for a TAPS prize!!  You can participate in one way or many!

What counts as participation?  You can participate by:  sharing a photo from your family challenge, sharing a picture of you playing in the activity booklet, sharing a picture of you performing the activity from the video or your completed project from the video, sharing a picture of a family meal you created that meets the week’s theme, and lastly, by joining us in the Zoom chats on Thursdays!

Submit your photos in any platform you are most comfortable sharing, whether it be our TAPS Instagram, our Facebook, or sending us an emailed copy for us at Youthprograms@taps.org to post for you! 


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Activity Videos

We've Found Bigfoot (all ages)

There's been a bigfoot sighting right outside your door. This is a unique way to get up and active, show your creative side, and get a little silly.


Activity Presented by: Celeste Arriaga

Supplies Needed:
Cardboard boxes, markers, tape, scissors, flip-flops

We've Found Bigfoot (PDF)

Backyard Stargazing (all ages)

When we camp out, the low light allows us to see some amazing view of the stars, but even in our backyards we can see some of the brightest objects in the sky, including the moon, major constellations, planets, and even the International Space Station!


Activity Presented by: Nathaniel Lee

Supplies Needed:
Stargazing Scavenger Hunt, Night Sky App

Backyard Stargazing (PDF)

Activity Booklet

We know this summer can get very busy with computer assignments or dance classes, or connecting with relatives who live far away.   So we created this booklet filled with fun activities that anyone can do and from anywhere.  Maybe outside under the shade of a tree, or in your room during a raining day.  We know you will have fun with this activity booklet, from the crossword puzzle to the additional recipes and challenges, it is something the whole family can enjoy!

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Family Challenge


Host Your Own Family Campfire!

For this week we challenge you to host your own family campfire! We offer a few challenges for you this week. Do one or all, either way, we guarantee you’ll have a great time and good laughs!

  • Campfire Song - Write your own family camp fire song with creativity inspired from the Activity Booklet Mad Lib!
  • Scavenger Hunt - In addition to your bingo card from the Activity Booklet, we challenge you to find camping items throughout your house, garage and yard! Bring along with you to your family campfire.
  • Taste Test Challenge - While blind folded and nose closed (with fingers or safely with a close pin) taste test several items to see if your tastebuds can accurately guess what the food item is.

Fulfill this challenge by taking and submitting photos of your family during your campfire activities. Wearing TAPS gear is highly encouraged!

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Parents and Guardians

Family Dinner Night!

What a fun way to come together than over a meal we can all share in creating, and eating. Here are some fun dishes that are festive and creative ways we eat at a campout!

Recipe Ideas:


Table Topics:

  • What is your favorite part about camping?
  • If you have not been camping, what would excite you most about camping?
  • What is one thing you (or we) could do to get outside more?
  • If you could be any woodland animal, which one and why?

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Zoom Chat


This week, our Zoom chat is a TAPS Kids Connect chat. Your child or teen will have an exciting time connecting with their peers, and mentors. This session is hosted by a TAPS Good Grief Camp Group Leader, and is sure to bring joy and laughter.

This session will be on Thursday at 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Eastern time zone. Zoom link will be emailed to those registered for camp.

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