Week 3: Let the Games Begin!

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

Week 3: Let the Games Begin!

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


Week 3: Let the Games Begin!

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!

Drawing inspiration from the variety of games, we have created fun ways to honor olympic sports, competitive sports, board games, card games, any kind of games! Let your imagination roam free when completing the family challenge, or get competitive in a cookoff, but most of all have fun with all the types of games to play!

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


Welcome to Let the Games Begin!




Introduction to our week at camp is provided by TAPS Group Leader and Mentor, CPT John Rhoten. John is currently stationed in Hawaii serving in the Army. He has volunteered with TAPS for many years and was awarded our TAPS Mentor of the Year in 2018!

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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 will earn a point when you share a photo. You can participate by sharing your family's time participating in one of the many activities within the camp to include: the family challenge, the activity booklet, performing an activity from the video, or by showcasing your family meal lastly. One photo is counted per week for points but we would love to see all the great ways you are enjoying the camp at home!

You will also earn a point when you join 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

TAPS Obstacle Course Challenge (all ages)

Coach Taylor Jenkins wants to help you stay active during this time while maintaining social distancing. Create your own obstacle course! This can be done in your house, in your backyard, or anywhere you have some space.


TAPS Obstacle Course Setup


TAPS Obstacle Course Run

Get as creative as you can and show us what you can do. Post your videos on Facebook, Twitter, even Instagram, and be sure to tag TAPS. To show your course to our friends at the NBA, be sure to tag @NBACares and include the hashtags #JrNBAatHome and #NBATogether. Go ahead and challenge a TAPS friend, your mentor or your mentee, to see who can come up with the coolest course.

After finishing the obstacle course challenge, check out the Jr. NBA at Home website for more activities and videos.

Olympic Torch (all ages)

Creating the Olympic flame in a water bottle. As you create the Olympic flame you can have fun as you place flame-colored food coloring in a bottle and watch it fall and create all different colors.


Activity Presented by: Celeste Arriaga

Supplies Needed:
Vegetable oil, water bottle, food coloring, spoon, small container

Olympic Torch (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

playing games

Family Olympics

To enjoy this challenge, you can engage in intellectual olympics by playing any board game, trivia and card game at home or outside. If you are excited about the idea of a physical challenge, try building an obstacle course in your yard, create circuit exercise activity stations or run a three legged race!

If there is a playground or open field nearby, both could provide great spaces to host family games, allow your creativity to flow, your fun to be endless and Let the Games Begin!

Fulfill this challenge by taking and submitting photos of your family during your Olympic style activities. Wearing TAPS swag and bringing your Flat Mentor 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 represent the many games we play!

Recipe Ideas: Select image below for individual recipes.

Make a Taco Ring. Collect ingredients that represent each color of the Olympic rings such as BLUE tortilla chips, YELLOW cheese, BLACK olives, GREEN lettuce, and RED sauce.
Create your very own veggie tray and make it into the shape of a football. Use your favorite veggies and get creative!
What is more fun on a family game night than peanut butter brownies that look like dominos!


Table Topics:

  • What was your favorite activity or game performed this week?
  • Is there a sport or activity that you’d like to try?
  • What do you like most about board games?

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Zoom Chat

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.

playing bingo

This week, our Zoom chat is a TAPS Family Connects. Get ready to discuss what's been going on by answering the question, "What's Bingo-ing On?" and joining us for a lighthearted yet insightful session that will help you learn more about what's going on in your heart and in your home. An introduction and discussion will lead into games of feelings bingo - all you need is paper, something to write with, and some things to mark your squares (we suggest jelly beans, M&Ms, almonds, marshmallows, squares of paper, etc.), some curiosity, and your sense of adventure.

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