Though their lives are marked by grief, young survivors at TAPS know their lives will also be marked by camaraderie, mentorship, emotional maturity, adventure and fun.
Led by experts in the fields of child development, mental health and education, TAPS Youth Programs provide safe spaces for military children to explore grief and embrace healing.
At TAPS Seminars, this takes the form of Good Grief Camps where children are able to share and learn coping skills through games, crafts and other activities in a fun and supportive environment. Each child is paired with a military mentor who serves as a “big brother/big sister” and reminds the child that he or she is still a part of the military community.
During summer, it’s campouts, teen adventures and family retreats. Good Grief Campouts combine traditional camp fun, like ziplining, water activities and s’mores, with grief support and remembrance ceremonies. Teens can tackle a challenging outdoor adventure, like hiking the Appalachian Trail, at a teen adventure. These adventures teach teamwork and communication skills. Family retreats are a place for surviving spouses and children to connect as a family through different activities.
Separate programming for parents stresses resources, communication strategies, and ways to help grieving children at every stage.
If you are a supporter interested in sponsoring a TAPS program, please call 202-588-8277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.