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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This year, Shehaqua Family Camp t-shirts cannot be ordered through our website at the time of registration. If you are interested in getting t-shirts, you will have to order and pay them through a third-party website. We will have two designs that can be ordered online.

Please note that you will not be able to buy any t-shirts at camp—all t-shirts must be ordered by you before camp. Please allow up to 3 weeks for the shirts to arrive at your address.

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We are excited to invite all of you to the 25th annual Family Camp at Shehaqua! We are looking forward to spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature, and experiencing God's love. We're going to have fun, enriching activities for all ages. Classics such as Family Fun Night, S'Mores, dodgeball, volleyball, pool-time fun, and new programs will all be available.

As a reminder, here are the dates and directors of each program:

Shehaqua Family Camp Week 1
Monday, July 22–Saturday, July 27
Co-directors: Kester Wilkening and Daniel Mizutani

Shehaqua Family Camp Week 2
Monday, July 29–Saturday, August 3
Co-directors: Doug Ashley, Daniel Hess, and Levy Daugherty

Week 1 Highlights: Week 1 High-School Age Adventure Education

Co-Directors: Daniel Mizutani, Kester Wilkening
Education Director: Jana Iparraguirre
A.R.O. (The new Supernova Adventure Program) Coordinators: Meta Learey and Luke Scazzero

There will be a special highlight on our adventure program for the Supernovas! (High school age)

A.R.O. is a new program organized by some of our amazing older brothers and sisters. It stands for Attitude of Raditude Outings, and it is a chance to discover an unconventional and new way of loving God, nature, yourself, and others. Youth will embark on adventures in God’s creation, grow their understanding of one another, receive spiritual content, get a fresh and new perspective of the life’s principles, and most importantly have fun! (25 spots are available, Additional charge of $65 per person.)

There will also be high-quality adult education, programs for toddlers, etc. It’s gonna be Super :)

Join us at Week 1 of Family Camp!

-Daniel Mizutani and Kester Wilkening
Co-Directors

Week 2 Highlights:

Celebrate! Get packed and ready for this year's 25th edition of a true Family reunion at the Shehaqua Family Camp in Week 2, from July 29th through August 3rd. Relax, Renew and Revive old friendships in the lush Pocono Mountains setting of Camp Shehaqua.

Director Doug Ashley and Assistant Directors Daniel Hess and Levy Daugherty are planning a slate of activities for young and old. Bring your talents and your instruments for music and memories. There will be Crafts, Hiking, Swimming, Family Fun Night, Candle Light Prayer, Dodgeball Tournament, Talent Night, great food, panel discussions and presentations. Also, back by popular demand, the Adventure Race for teens will bring an extra dose of excitement to our time together.

But we need one more thing to make this year extra special — you!

The old registration system has served us well for many years thanks to the hard work of the Ching family; however, the code-heavy management of the system makes it difficult to pass on the work. Since Haydee has retired as registrar this year, we have been working to find a replacement registration system, and as of now, we have not found a single system that can fully handle our camp pricing as well as the old system. We are continuing to research solutions for future years.

In the meantime, we have switched to a less sophisticated system which will work using one system to register and one system to receive payments. This will work as follows:

  1. Families will register using a Google Form for each week of camp, which will allow for a maximum of 10 simultaneous registrations. To register more than 10 people, submit the form a second time for your remaining attendees. This form will not collect payment directly.
    • Adopting families must register adopted children on their own registration.
    • If you have already registered but then have accepted a request to adopt a child, please contact the registrar, Laura Herbers, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    • If at any point you need to make changes to or cancel your registration, please email the registrar, Laura Herbers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Once you have submitted the form, the registrar will send you an online invoice with the amount owed for the attendees you've signed up.
    • This invoice can be paid online via a credit card or bank account.
      1. Mike Stewart has been appointed as the new bookkeeper for Shehaqua Family and will be in charge of sending and accepting checks. If you plan to pay by check, please let the registrar know via email.
    • The price in the invoice will reflect the Early Bird, Regular Fee or Late Fee pricing based on the time period when you registered. In the event that you miss a deadline, the registrar will send an email to let you know when the invoice has been updated.
    • Adopting Families must specify an email address for the Adopted Child's parent in order for that parent to be sent an invoice for the adopted child's attendance fee. If none is provided, the invoice for the Adopted Child’s cost will be sent to the Adopting Family. In this case, the two families will have to arrange to pay one another back separately.
  3. Be sure to check your spam folder or other email filters. Your invoice will come from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. The ability to see who has signed up will be powered by a Google Spreadsheet this year. The links to each week's attendance can be found here:

Thank you for your patience with us while we are working on the new registration process. If you have suggestions or feedback on the process, feel free to contact the webmaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and address it to Sunkwon Bush, who will be supporting Laura Herbers on registration this year.

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