California Family Camp

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Julian, California
Application Open from March 30, 2022 to October 3, 2022

In accordance with the most current information available, as of May 1, 2022, TAPS is lifting the requirement to provide proof of full vaccination to attend in-person events. We will continue to monitor COVID variants and we may adjust protocols to ensure safe and healthy gatherings. These adjustments could once again include requiring proof of full vaccination and/or a negative COVID test.

Family Camps provide a setting for building communication, understanding, and support within the family unit. Participants of all ages meet in both peer groups and family groups, and participate in traditional camp activities like zip lining, water activities, low ropes and high ropes challenges, and campfire fun, all while creating special opportunities for family bonding.


Young survivors at campout

Young survivors at campout



  • Families with children ages 5 years old and enrolled in kindergarten through teenagers under the age of 19 or enrolled in high school, and who are grieving the death of a family member who served in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Young adult children may attend with their family if other children in the family meet the age criteria for eligibility.
  • Family members not actively grieving are eligible to attend, including spouses, significant others, or other children living in the household, as family campouts focus on communication, understanding, and support within the family unit.



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.

See a Sample Family Camp Schedule

*Note: Please be aware that this itinerary is subject to change due to a number of reasons, including weather and participant needs.



No Cost, Great Benefit: 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 all families and military mentors at Whispering Winds in Julian, California, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night (depart on Monday), and TAPS will cover the cost of lodging.

You will need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from Whispering Winds. The closest airport is in San Diego, which is an hour drive away.



Attendees will be selected through an application process. Application is open from March 30 through October 3 or until full (look for the blue button at the top of this page during this time). Priority will be given to first time attendees. Applicants will be notified of selection or waitlist status by mid-October at which time applicants will be invited to complete their Registration and Intake Forms. Applicants not initially selected to attend will be placed on a waitlist and notified as space becomes available.

If you have any questions, please email or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).