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Shehaqua Family Camp

A Grassroots Organization

Shehaqua Family Camp was started in 1995 by a small group of Unificationist families to provide a vision of a faith community for their children. What started as a weekend tent camping trip for about 40 people has slowly grown into a fine-tuned and time-tested program for hundreds of people. Three weeks of programs take place every year in late July/early August in rustic cabins at Camp Shehaqua in Hickory Run State Park in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We now already have the third generation of campers attending, and some who have been attending since they were young kids are now part of the camp staff. To learn more about the history of the Shehaqua Family Camp, please read our Shehaqua at 20 article.

Shehaqua Family Camp offers families a spiritually enriching experience through presentations; nature; sports; crafts; music; and social activities. The content presented during lectures is based on moral education and includes age-appropriate Bible stories for younger kids, and basic Divine Principle—the teachings of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon—for older children and youth.

For the Whole Family

What sets Shehaqua Family Camp apart from most other camps is a program designed for the whole family, not just children or youth of a certain age. While presentations, discussions, and some of the activities are separated by age groups, there are many activities that the family can enjoy together, which will help strengthen their family ties. Based on their shared experience, families usually leave camp with a renewed appreciation for each other.

Families also have a chance to bond among each other, creating a community that feels like an extended family—with many aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews. This is why most families keep coming back every year. Lifelong friendships have started at Shehaqua Family Camp, and several campers even have met their future spouse there.

All the adults share the workload of running the camp, giving everybody a more personal stake in a successful outcome.

Bring Your Friends and Relatives

Family Camp is a natural place to introduce your friends and relatives to the Unification movement. Adult guests can participate in discussions, and their children can attend the relevant workshops. Shehaqua Family Camp welcomes people of all faiths.

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Latest News


With the winter finally coming to a close and Daylight Savings having come and gone, we look forward to our time-honored summer traditions and much needed days of rest, relaxation, and restoration.

Look out for our registration to open within the next month. We look forward to seeing you again this summer! As mentioned above, we are keeping tabs on the news and recommended guidelines to determine if we can safely hold Family Camp this year and will announce any changes as we learn more.

Family Camp Dates are:

Week 1 – Sunday, July 19th to Friday, July 24th

Weekend Artist’s Retreat – Friday, July 24th to Monday, July 27th

Week 2 – Monday, July 27th to Saturday, August 1st

We have an exciting new event coming up for newcomers and frequent visitors to the Shehaqua grounds. This year, for the first time ever, we are hosting an Artists’ Retreat: Music Edition! This event is currently scheduled for July 24th - July 27th, between Week 1 and Week 2 of Family Camp, so clear your calendars!

Over the weekend, we will hear from Laurence Baer on composition, join Laurel Nakai in a songwriting session, and hone our soloing skills with Sebastian Jean. This prototype event is structured for any and all creatively minded people. Whether you are an aficionado or an amateur, there will be something for you. We will have a diverse set of tracks to play, whether you are interested in the lyrical side of music, want to brush up on your performance process, or enjoy singing with a group. Weather permitting, outdoor song sessions and games will be available in the afternoons as well. If you or anyone you know is interested, share this event. We hope to make this event educational and entertaining for all involved. We hope you’re looking forward to this weekend as much as we are!

When registering, you may choose to come for the full Friday to Monday program, just for the weekend or a single day. To get the full experience of the retreat, we highly encourage give yourself a three-day weekend and stay for the whole program if you are available!

(EDIT: Dates have been changed; the event is now in July instead of end of May.)

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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