Is My Child Eligible to Attend a TAPS Good Grief Camp?

TAPS Youth Programs strives to create a safe and healing environment for all children who attend our events. Our grief work curriculum is specifically intended for children who are experiencing active grief or who are being raised in an actively grieving household. Our eligibility criteria is designed to protect the wellness of both the children who attend Good Grief Camp and the children who are not eligible. If you feel your child could benefit from grief resources, please reach out to TAPS. We are happy to help you find resources within your local community.  

TAPS Good Grief Camps, Campouts and Family Camps are open to children who meet the following GENERAL requirements. 

  • Match one of the following descriptions:
    • Any child (direct or step) who has lost a parent or sibling that served in our nation’s Armed Forces
    • Any child who was born after their parent or sibling died and that parent or sibling served in the Armed Forces
    • Any child who was born of a new relationship and is currently living in a household where their parent or sibling is grieving the loss of a service member
    • Any stepchild who came into a family where their stepparent or stepsibling is grieving the loss of a service member
    • Any child who lost a legal guardian who served in the Armed Forces
  • All children MUST:
    • be potty trained (children not potty trained will be considered for child care if available).
    • meet the specified age requirement (listed on each individual event page).

 

Good Grief Camps at a Regional or National Military Survivor Seminar are open to children who meet the following ADDITIONAL considerations. 

  • Include children who:
    • are a distant relative of the deceased and had a "somewhat close", "very close", or "extremely close" relationship with their grandparent, aunt, uncle, or cousin who served in the Armed Forces.
  • All children MUST:
    • have a parent or legal guardian registered and plan to attend the seminar or be within 30 minutes of the event.

 

For children attending a Good Grief Camp at a National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar the child MUST:

  • know the cause of death was suicide.
  • have a parent or legal guardian registered and plan to attend the seminar.

 

Exceptions

  • Any child who does not meet these requirements but has been to a TAPS seminar or campout before may be grandfathered in and allowed to attend. 

 

TAPS reserves the right to deny attendance based on special circumstances that would make it difficult to support a child in a group setting. 

For questions or more information, email youthprograms@taps.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).