-Group Leaders, Group Assistants, Afternoon Activity Assistants for elementary age kids-

Back by popular demand, a new and improved 3-day Leadership Retreatis being offered atno cost to youright before the start of camp,Fri. July 20 - Sun. July 22. This Leadership Retreatwill offer a unique opportunity for all Shehaqua Leaders to haveA LOTof fun, bond with one another (before taking on group members), and experience personal growth. Possible activities include: volleyball tournament, intensive hike or swimming at the lake. Discussion-driven educational sessions will also give you the opportunity to gain and develop essential skills and tools for being an effective leader at Camp Shehaqua and beyond.

This retreat is only open to those who take on a leadership position at Camp Shehaqua. Due to the importance of building unity among the Shehaqua leadership team and making sure all Shehaqua leaders are spiritually and physically equipped to lead their teams, participation in this retreat ismandatoryfor all NEWShehaqua Group Leaders and Group Assistants no matter what week of camp you will be attending and strongly encouraged for all returning leadership. ***If not attending the Leadership Retreat, all returning leaders for Week 1 are expected to arrive by 12pm on Sunday, July 22nd.***

Anyone taking a group leader, group assistant or activity assistant position at Camp Shehaqua will receive the Leadership Retreat(Fri. July 20 - Sun. July 22)for free. All leaders who attend weeks 1 & 2 of camp will be given the discount of the Leadership Retreat and Shehaqua 1.5 for free(a $150 value!)

We are especially in need of leaders for Week 2 and Week 3. Before each of these weeks, there will be a special one day outing just for the leaders. Each of the Outings will be A LOTof fun and give participants the opportunity to bond with one another (before taking on group members), and experience personal growth. Due to the importance of building unity among the Shehaqua leadership team, these outings are mandatory for all week 2 and week 3 leaders to attend. For all Week 2 leaders,the Outing will start at 12pm on Sunday, July 29th. For all Week 3 leaders the Outing will start at 12pm on Sunday, August 5th. These Outings will be free for leaders.

If you are interested in being a Group Leader, Group Assistant or Activity Assistant at Camp Shehaqua please contact:
Week 1 Education Director, Crescentia DeGoede at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Week 2 Education Director, Igraine Convery at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Week 3 Education Director, Insook Spacek at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or specify your interest when you register for camp.

Week 1 dates: Sunday July 22nd - Friday July 27th
Week 2 dates: Monday July 30th - Sunday August 5th

Week 3 dates: Monday August 6th – Saturday August 11th

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

~The Shehaqua Family Staff

Misha Panzer

We have a winner! Misha Panzer won the 2012 Shehaqua T-shirt Contest with her design of a tree. Second place goes to Aiwa Hunter with a detailed design of a Native American chief. Third place goes to Mika Lipowcan with a heartwarming drawing of a campfire with hearts for sparks.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. The judges were Katya Nolan, Sun-Je Pearlman, Eileen Savage, Sally Sayre, Milon Townsend, and Teo Wilkening. With nine people submitting 10 designs, the 6 judges had to make some tough choices. Misha's design will be on the t-shirt this summer, and we hope to see you there!

Winning Design

Hello Shehaqua Community!

I am pleased to introduce to you the theme for the spring gathering this year: Beyond Boundaries. Laura, Jonathan, and I are very excited to take part in planning this year's spring gathering event and we hope that you can join us the weekend of May 18th-20th for an exciting adventure filled with friends, fun, spiritual enrichment, and challenge. Some of the activities for the weekend will include white-water rafting, paintballing, a sports tournament, and a hike.

Register now as space is limited! Prices will vary depending on when you sign up and the activities you would like to do. The early bird special will last until Sunday, April 22nd, so don't miss it! After the early bird you will still be able to register until Sunday, May 6th. The cost covers accommodations at Shehaqua, meals prepared by Aunt Elke Noll, group activities in the morning and night, and your choice of daytime activities. Click here for pricing details and here to register. Please note that if you bring someone to Shehaqua for the first time, you both will receive a 10% discount. Spread the word and save some money!

All the best,
Ariella Brunkhorst

We are glad to announce the first Shehaqua T-shirt Design Contest with exciting cash prizes! In the past the Shehaqua Family has produced one or two new T-shirts every year and primarily sold them at Shehaqua Family Camp in summer. For the past five years, one of the designs was the Pocono Family logo (compass) and the other a line drawing of an animal. This year we are looking for a fresh design, and we are turning to you for help.

The only element that is required to be part of your design is the words "Shehaqua Family." Everything else is up to you. Express your creativity!

Submit your idea for a Shehaqua Family T-shirt by March 31. All submissions will be presented to a panel of six or seven judges who will choose a winner. The judges consist of active Shehaqua Family campers, and they vary in age from middle school student to grandparent and represent both genders. Their criteria for judging each design are how much it expresses the spirit of the Shehaqua Family programs, how original it is, and how artistically accomplished it is.

The winner of the Shehaqua T-shirt design contest will get a check of $100. The second- and third-place winner will get a check of $50 each, and the fourth- and fifth-place-winner will each win one of our brand new T-shirts.

Please read our rules for all the details.

Nathaniel Ching,
Contest Coordinator