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.


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Happy month of May to you! Registration is open for Shehaqua Family Camp. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register by May 31st to get the Early Bird Rate. The dates reserved for Shehaqua Family Camp are as follows:

Shehaqua Family Camp Week 1: Sun, July 21 - Fri, July 26
Directors: Kester Wilkening & Josh Angelucci

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Week 1 will feature Whitewater Rafting for the whole family, family-time afternoon activities, and many of our classics: Crafts, Family Fun Night, Volleyball, The Pool, experiencing God in Nature, Mom’s time and Dad’s time, Dodgeball, Talent Night, and more! Join us in creating memories with our amazing community of families.

Shehaqua Family & Arts' Weekend Retreat: Fri, July 26 - Mon, July 29
Directors: Yeol-Shim Bell-Miller & Sunhyun Miller

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Join us in the stunning Pocono mountains for a Family and Arts centered weekend in a Shehaqua Family Camp setting.

If you like to create, learn, play, perform, connect, or explore, this weekend is for you and your family.

We will have activities for both artists and non-artists. In addition to utilizing multiple staging areas to rehearse, perform, create visual art, or be part of the audience, you will be able to partake in discussions, hike, swim, do crafts, enjoy sports, and take time to reconnect with friends, family, and nature.

There will be learning sessions for all ages, led by participants who enjoy sharing their craft, plus, group discussions on how we can creatively impact our community.

If you have a performing arts or visual arts related talent, this could be an ideal opportunity to share or teach it.

Shehaqua Family Camp Week 2: Mon, July 29 - Sat, Aug 3
Director: Daniel Hess
Education Director: Kaeleigh Moffit

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We always have a wonderful time with songs, bonfires, games, sports, friends and a high spirit.

Fun times are guaranteed, but we also want to think about the future and learn about how to prepare for the day (which will come faster than we know it) when it is our time to form and lead families. What will we have to do to get ready for that time, and how will we develop ourselves with that in mind?

Bonus 1: Whitewater Rafting like last year, but different! A different outfitter, and a different section of river! (Ages 8 and up!)

Bonus 2: Final night dance (groups not couples of course) party in the Dining Hall!

Click here for instructions on how to register.

The dates reserved for the 2024 Shehaqua Family Camp are as follows:

Week 1: Sun, July 21 - Fri, July 26

Artists' Weekend Retreat: Fri, July 26 - Mon, July 29
It's a family affair! Bring your talent, your instruments, your creations, your appreciation for the Arts, and be ready for family fun and inspiration.

Week 2: Mon, July 29 - Sat, Aug 3