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

Here are the dates for the upcoming Shehaqua spring and summer programs. Save the date in your calendar, take off from work, and get ready for another season of fun!

  • Spring Gathering: May 18 - 20. We are planning to ask for renting the 17th and the 21st in order to make move-in and move-out more practical.
  • Group leader retreat / training: July 20 - 22
  • Family Camp Week 1: July 22 - 27
  • Weekend 1.5: July 27 - 29
  • Family Camp Week 2: July 30 - August 5. WEEK 2 WILL BE EXTRA LONG: A SIX-NIGHT CAMP SESSION!!!
  • Family Camp Week 3: August 6 - 11

Last year's adventurous Spring Gathering was a great success, so we decided to offer whitewater rafting and paintball again this year. We will also extend the rental time of the Shehaqua campsite for Friday and Monday, which will allow for the event to be longer and make it easier to move in and out. Laura Hinkle and Jonathan and Ariella Brunkhorst will be leading the Spring Gathering this year.

This summer we are back to having three amazing weeks of Shehaqua Family Camp. Like last year, we' will begin with a training session to prepare group leaders for their upcoming leadership work. There will also be a weekend retreat between Week 1 and Week 2. What's entirely new this year is that Week 2 will have an extra day, and that Week 3 will have a special focus on families with younger children (12 and under). Gregg Noll will once again offer his popular Kick Start Your Health program, this year in week 3.

We have an exciting year ahead of us!

We're excited to announce that Camp Shehaqua will be getting a new stove! As you may have noticed the old stoves at Camp Shehaqua was breaking down. Some of you may have been there when the stoves caught fire. Many of you have seen the burned food caused by the temperamental oven. Shehaqua Family will be getting new stoves for Camp Shehaqua this spring, so we should have new stoves by the summer.

We are presently also planning service projects for this summer, not just in Camp Shehaqua, but throughout the Hickory Run State Park.

Gregg and Elke Noll have been presenting their "Kick Start Your Health" workshops to small groups of people since the beginning of this year. You can get a good idea about the various segments offered in these workshops by watching the 6 minutes video from the workshop that took place in Bowie, MD, in the beginning of February:

Kick Start Your Health

And here are two more links showing some of Elke’s food demonstrations:

Veggie Pancakes

Mango Cashew Salad Dressing

Gregg and Elke will present an extended version of their "Kick Start Your Health" workshop at Shehaqua Family Camp this summer.

Thank you all who voted for their favorite Shehaqua Video Contest video(s) on our Facebook page! Voting ended on Sunday, February 19, and the winners have been chosen by you. We received no votes by email, which means the winner in each of the two categories (individual and family) were chosen solely by people "liking" the video contributions on Facebook.

By: Oliver Noll

Every year the Shehaqua community gathers for the Winter Retreat at Camp Innabah to start the New Year off the right with family and friends. The theme "Live the Dream" set the tone for the whole workshop of approximately 130 participants. We wanted to focus on creating a heart of readiness for the new era approaching on D-Day. Since Cheon Il Guk is Father’s dream, we wanted to take the necessary steps to make it a reality this year.

Hi Winter Retreat Participants,

Hope you had a great time at the 2011 Shehaqua Family Winter Retreat! Please take some time to use the following link:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6CLMG73 to fill out an anonymous survey and reflection. If you participated in the Health Retreat please download this form, fill in the appropriate areas and attach in an email to Gregg Noll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your time and investment. We look forward to hearing from you!

~The Shehaqua Family Core Leadership Team~