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Week 1:
Sunday, July 19 – Friday, July 24
Director: Sunkwon Bush

Enjoy Week 1 with presentations, sports, crafts, music and plenty of free time to hang out together.

Weekend 1.5:
Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26
Codirectors: Yuri Palhof & TBD

If your schedule doesn't allow for a whole week of family camp, or if you are not sure that you want to commit for a whole week, then Weekend 1.5 is for you. Get a taste of the magic of Shehaqua during a weekend and come back for a whole week next year.

Week 2:
Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1
Codirectors: Claude Aubert & Michael Stewart
Coeducation directors: Liz Bonini Stewart & TBD

Week 2 welcomes families young and old. Bring your 3-generation family to Shehaqua for a family reunion! Last year we had four grandparents with their grandkids at Week 2! And bring along your friends; everyone is welcome.

Week 3:
Monday, August 3 – Saturday, August 8
Codirectors: Chris Bush & Bruce Clarke

Join us during Week 3 of Family Camp for a special program during our adult discussion time. We will be exploring the Three Blessings:

  • First Blessing: Learn about Tai-Chi and Qi-Gong, which integrate movement, breathing and posture to maintain your health and help you work on the unity between your spirit, mind and body or actions. We will also be studying the Book of Genesis and the Divine Principle.
  • Second Blessing: Explore healthy relationships and what we need to do to build and maintain them.
  • Third Blessing: Explore and learn about stewardship of the environment, plus tips on retirement, earning more and being financially successful. We will also be sharing tips on healthy eating and living.

The adult discussions occur in the mornings and afternoons, so you and your kids can still participate in all the fun activities at Camp. The discussions will be interactive, with lots of time for sharing and questions. We will be inviting guest speakers, so don't miss out on this.

Exciting youth program in the planning stages...stay tuned. If you have come to Camp in the past, but your kids are grown, consider having a family reunion at Shehaqua.

Here are the dates for this year’s Shehaqua camps. Save the dates in your calendar now, request time off at work, and get ready for another season of fun! We will send out another email when registration opens, in about a month. At that time we will also announce the camp directors for each program.

Spring Gathering: Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17

Group leader training: Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19
Family Camp Week 1: Sunday, July 19 – Friday, July 24
Family Camp Weekend 1.5: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26
Family Camp Week 2: Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1
Family Camp Week 3: Monday, August 3 – Saturday, August 8

Harvest Festival: Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21

Winter Retreat: Tuesday, December 29 – Friday, January 1

The Shehaqua Family celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2014. What started as a weekend camping trip by a few families in 1995 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.

We live in a culture where people are often disconnected from each other and as a result feel disempowered. At the Winter Retreat at Camp Innabah, we'll have the opportunity to participate in a series of presentations, break-out sessions and documentaries that will help us better understand the meaning and value of living in community. We'll cover topics that enhance a sense of community such as creating "community glue", business collaboration, sacred spaces and architecture, appreciating people's strengths, dynamic governance (sociocracy), volunteerism & service and we'll look at a various case studies of communities around the world.

This will be a wonderful networking opportunity and a chance to build on the community spirit that has made Shehaqua what it is today.

Tentative Schedule

Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 Shehaqua Winter Retreat! Register before Nov. 30th by clicking here and receive the early bird prices. Information about prices can be found here. The program starts on Monday, December 29, at 10:00am, and ends on Thursday, January 1, by 3:00pm.

Photo of the midnight Campfire at last year's Winter Retreat

There will be interactive education for all age groups (toddlers! elementary, middle school, high school, young adults and adults, see our last Newsletter) including:

Gregg Noll has offered so much to the Shehaqua Family as a participant, a director, executive director and finally council facilitator. Many of us have been lucky to know and work with him, and we are so grateful for his continued commitment and passion to this community and its programs. As he moves on now to new opportunities, we wanted to take a moment to thank him and to reflect on the many great things he helped create during his years of service.

Photo of Gregg Noll making announcements at Shehaqua

When the Shehaqua Family decided to adopt the Sociocracy model of governance at the Shehaqua Summit in October 2013, the intention was to break up the work; to get things done earlier to improve the quality of our programs; to let more volunteers contribute in areas where their passions and expertise are; and to be inclusive and involve as many stakeholders as possible in the decision-making processes. Program planning and some decision making was now to take place in eight circles; one for each of the four Shehaqua programs—Spring Gathering, Family Camp, Harvest Festival, and Winter Retreat—and four more covering the year-round operations: Education, Finances, Logistics, and Media & Communications.

Group Photo of the 2014 Shehaqua Summit
The participants of the 2014 Shehaqua Summit (click to expand)