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.

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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.

 


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(Friday, September 21, until Sunday, September 23)

Are you dreading the cold, school, and work, and are you wishing summer had lasted longer? Wishing you were back with your family and friends at Shehaqua family camp, enjoying the beautiful nature with God? Well, do not fret, the Harvest Festival is one more hurrah for the end of the summer, one last weekend to getaway and enjoy the warm weather!

Join us September 21–23 at Camp Shehaqua. You will be dunking for apples, eating pies, throwing logs, and, of course, square dancing. We will always have activities going on but mostly it will be quite relaxed and just a enjoyable time to spend with your friends and family in a loving environment.

The magical experience will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening (September 21). Please eat before you arrive because we won’t be able to serve dinner. We will be concluding the weekend on Sunday at noon with lunch followed by clean up.

Register NOW and take advantage of our early bird offer! The price now is $50 per person but will go up to $65 after September 10, and to $80 if you register after September 18. Visit our fee page for more information.

Hope to see you at Shehaqua!
Sincerely, Denthew Learey
Harvest Festival Director

Watch some Harvest Festival movies from previous years here.

Register today for one of these summer programs:

Summer Programs Dates Staff
Week 1 July 22–27 Directors: Kester Wilkening
Assistant Director: Daniel Mizutani
Weekend July 27–29 Director: Daniel Hess
Education Director: Kyra Moyer
Week 2 July 30–Aug. 4 Directors: Denthew Learey & Claude Aubert
Assistant Director: Daniel Kingsley
Education directors: Concha Marchitelli & Melissa Manor

Click here for fees. Register here. Early bird deadline lasts until May 31.

Come join the spring celebration with the Shehaqua community at the Spring Gathering at Camp Shehaqua, May 18–20. Spend time with friends you haven't seen in a while, enjoy quality time with your family, and meet new friends! As the cold winter months fade away, we look forward to new beginnings and changes. Take time to self-reflect and make new goals. Experience God's love through fellowship and nature.

We will be facilitating discussions about building strong relationships with God, with our family, and with our community at large. In the afternoon, participate in or cheer on those running in the "Adventure Race," a team race through camp including many obstacles and challenges. Crafts and volleyball will also be offered as alternatives. The Spring Gathering will be staffed by Kyra Moyer, Melissa Manor, Seijin Tranberg, Francis Marchitelli, Luke Scazzero, Kolya Moyer, and Sunkook Iwasaki. Early Bird special ends April 29. Arrival on Friday, May 18, at 7pm (no dinner included) and departure on Sunday, May 20, at 1pm (after lunch). For fees and more details visit the Spring Gathering Fees page.