Week 4: Lights!, Camera!, Action!

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

Week 4: Lights!, Camera!, Action!

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

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Week 4: Lights!, Camera!, Action!

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!

Get your creative juices flowing and get ready to be entertained! This week is all about the Lights! Camera! Action! Inspired by the world of movies and theatre, we created activities, games, and challenges around what it is like to create a script, to film a movie, to become an actor or actress, and to sit back and enjoy the show!

Welcome to Camp Video | Share with UsCamp Activities | Activity Booklet | Family Challenge | Facebook Live - Meet the cast of Bandstand! | Parents and Guardians


Welcome to Lights!, Camera!, Action!




Introduction to our week at camp is provided by TAPS Mentor, and U.S. Army Sergeant Tanner Hagerty. Tanner’s unique energy and enthusiasm to mentor brings such a joy to our TAPS kids and fellow mentors. Youth Programs is excited to have Tanner welcome us this week!

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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 on the Facebook Live chat on Wednesday!

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

Make Your Very Own Hollywood Movie Clapboard (all ages)

Let’s add some Hollywood fun and make our own movie clapboard. Using a few basic supplies we will create a cute prop to use in our photos, videos and play. With room to write on we can add names, dates and intentions to our everyday memories. While this activity is suitable for every age the video will be geared towards a younger child who is working in a safe creative space with an older sibling, family member or adult.


Activity Created/Presented by: Ange Marie Dwyer

Supplies Needed:
Cardboard (old box works great here), white craft paint and brush (optional), glue (modge podge, elmers glue or glue stick), scissors, paper fastner or string, dry erase or washable marker, print out (either one provided below)

Hollywood Movie Clapboard (PDF)
Right click on the image below that you would like to color, save it to your computer and print it out on landscape orientation on 8.5" x 11" paper.



Reverse Charades (all ages)

This is exactly like normal charades. Except instead of one person standing in front of their team acting something out for them, the whole team is going to act something out as a Family for one of their teammates.


Activity Presented by: Melissa Hermosillo and Celeste Arriaga

Supplies Needed:
Small pieces of paper to write on, something to hold all the pieces of paper (i.e. hat, bucket)

Reverse Charades (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

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Family Skit

This week we encourage the whole family to come together to create a family skit!

Start by thinking of ideas on what you want to showcase! Write your own script with inspiration from this week's activity booklet. Bring your comic strip to life by acting out the characters, get creative by making your own costumes, building your own set designs, and making sure lights are as you like it!  Perform your skit during a family fun night, and/or record it for an entertaining memory to watch later!

Fulfill this challenge by taking and submitting photos and/or videos of your family during your  family challenge. TAPS gear and your Flat mentor are 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. Enjoy these almost Hollywood approved meal ideas!

Recipe Ideas: Select image below for individual recipes.

Allow everyone in the family to pick their favorite movie snack to add. Get creative, add something salty, something sweet, and something that’s a bit of a surprise!
After baking and cooling the cookie sticks completely, outline and flood with red royal icing and sprinkle with red sugar glitter.
Check out our activity book for Simba’s Gnocchi and Timon & Pumbaa’s Ice Cream Parfaits recipes.


Table Topics:

  • If you were in the movie business, what would be your job? actor, costume designer, writer, director, camera man, prop master, stuntman, music composer?
  • Who are some of your favorite characters in a movie or Broadway show? Why?
  • Tell me about a time you felt like a star?

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Facebook Live

Instead of our usual Thursday zoom chat we have a special LIVE event Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Eastern on TAPS Facebook. TAPS Sports & Entertainment will be hosting a TAPS Spotlight with the cast of the Broadway musical 'Bandstand.' We will get an opportunity to ask the cast questions about acting, theatre, costumes, and more!!

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About the Show

'Bandstand', a Tony Award Winning Show: Donny Novitski is back from the war and unsure what the future holds. His nights are restless, with visions of the battlefield running through his mind, but perhaps music holds the key to his recovery. A once-promising jazz musician, Danny's interest is piqued by a national song competition on the radio, with the winning band bagging an appearance in an MGM movie! Donny sets about putting together a band of fellow veterans, determined that their terrible past experiences shouldn't hold them back from claiming a better future.

With the band improving, Donny's luck seems to have hit an even bigger break when he finds the beautiful and talented widow Julia to be their singer. A romance begins to blossom between the two, yet the band are heading into choppy waters. Their collective pasts can't be so easily forgotten, and the tension caused by all their underlying mental stresses is threatening to break the band apart. As the competition looms closer, they must rediscover their unity if they stand a shot at glory.

bandstand broadway Cast member with TAPS survivors

TAPS Relationship with the Show

TAPS and 'Bandstand' have a special relationship since the original cast hosted several survivors at a June 2017 performance. After hearing testimonials about survivors' grief journeys, the actors wanted to make sure they were not only accurately portraying the emotions connected with grief and loss, but also wanted to make sure that they were doing everything they could to honor the life and legacies of our nation's veterans and fallen heroes with each performance.

Throughout the 2019-2020 Bandstand National Tour, the cast hosted many TAPS families at theaters across the country. In March, the cast visited TAPS Headquaters where they spent time with staff and learned more about the special ways that TAPS supports survivors. In addition, the cast shared their personal connections to the military and what it meant to them to be part of the show as well as took part in a special service project.

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