By Nathaniel Ching and Claude Aubert
The Shehaqua Family got its start in summer of 1995, when a group of Unificationist families (about 40 people) decided to spend a weekend camping in tents at a private campground in eastern Pennsylvania. The parents wanted to provide religious education for their children in an outdoor setting. Each family pitched their tent at their own campsite and brought their own tent, camp stove, and food, but all parents worked together as lecturers and crafts coordinators to organize the education and activities for their kids. A nearby dammed up creek served as a swimming hole, and yarn and sticks were used as simple craft supplies. One highlight from that first camp was a hike on the Appalachian Trail in the pouring rain, ending at a lake with the sun coming out. Everybody had a great time and decided that they should do it again the following year.