Who We Are

Shehaqua Family is an independent, grassroots organization inspired by the life and ministry of Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. What started as a weekend camping trip in 1995 by a few families has slowly grown into a three-week program for large groups of families in rustic cabins in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, held every year in late July/early August. Over time, other programs have been added for fall, winter, and spring.


Our Programs

The Shehaqua Family’s biggest and oldest event is the Shehaqua Family Camp. Two or three Family Camps take place every summer in Hickory Run State Park (owned and operated by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources) in northern Pennsylvania. Other events, such as the Harvest Festival, Winter Retreat, and Spring Gathering have been added over the years. While all programs are open to the whole family, the Spring Gathering and Harvest Festival traditionally attract more young adults than families, so if you plan to bring your family, please check with the organizers if a program for young kids will be offered. For a few years the Shehaqua Family also held a Winter Retreat, but at present the program is on hold.

The Family Comes First

The Shehaqua Family Camps, which are held in summer, offer families spiritually enriching activities that include presentations, nature, sports, crafts, music, and social activities. What sets the Shehaqua Family Camps apart from most other camps are programs designed for the whole family, not just children of a certain age. Shehaqua programs strengthen family ties, and all family members usually leave camp with a renewed appreciation for each other based on their shared experience of God-centered relationships and the purity of nature. We are working hard to make our other programs centered around the family, as well, but for the most family-centered experience, visit our Family Camp in summer.

We invite you learn more about our programs on the pages of this website.


Latest News

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We have heard officially from Hickory Run State Park that Camp Shehaqua will remain closed for the rest of the summer. This means no programs will be held at Shehaqua. However, there are both virtual and in-person alternative activities being planned:

The Week 1 team will hold a Shehaqua Refresh virtual meetup with a ton of creative group activities and fellowship. This event will take place around the time of Week 1. This will be around a 3-day event. Click here to fill out a poll if you are interested.

During the time of Week 2, Sally Sayre and Daniel Hess will be coordinating tent camping by family at Hickory Run State Park. Families will need to bring their own food and tents but we will have mattresses available from Shehaqua for use by tent campers. Contact Sally here for more details.

Due concerns around safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and core volunteers no longer being available to run the camp, Week 1 will no longer be held in person this year.

We’re considering potential virtual meetup formats instead, and Week 2 is still tentative. We will continue to see if the state chooses to reopen the camp this year and if there are enough people willing to volunteer to keep the camp running for Week 2. Please stay tuned for more news!