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Become a Good Grief Camp Mentor

TAPS Good Grief Camps pair young survivors with (primarily) military mentors who understand the military and can companion these young survivors through their journey of grief. Military mentors help the young survivors learn how we, as a nation, honor those who have served and sacrificed ....

Good Grief Camp Mentor Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a TAPS Good Grief Camp Mentor, please review the skills and characteristics we expect from our mentors:

  • Ability to follow directions from mental health provider/group leader of bereaved child.
  • Ability to use good judgment when assessing safety for children. 
  • Ability to attend all training for volunteers/mentors and the entire weekend. 
  • Ability to demonstrate good moral and responsible conduct around children of all ages.
  • Willingness to be a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” to child who has lost their parent, guardian or other relative in the line of military service.
  • Ability to refrain from profanity, smoking, or unprofessional conduct while serving as a mentor to a child in the Good Grief Camp. 
  • Ability to be “present” and “companion” a child or children while cognizant of own grief and loss issues of a military friend or family member.
  • Willingness to continue the mentor role throughout the rest of the year for the child’s birthday, special events, or holidays. 
  • Ability to show empathy for children and surviving parent as the family is grieving. 
  • Ability to demonstrate good boundaries to help the family use their own inner strengths and community support. 
  • All mentors must complete the security background check. 
Good Grief Camp Mentor Registration

To register as a Good Grief Camp Mentor, select an upcoming camp at a location near you, then look for the yellow and red "Register" section. Thank you for your service in support of the TAPS mission!

For more information, contact us at 1-800-959-TAPS (8277)

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Upcoming Camps
Dates and Locations
Fort Carson Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
April 26 - April 27, 2014
Fort Carson, Colorado
TAPS Israeli Experience for Widows and Surviving Children
April 29 - May 8, 2014
Tel Aviv, Israel
Wisconsin Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
August 2014
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Camp Pendleton Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
September 2014
Camp Pendleton, California
Fort Bragg Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
September 2014
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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