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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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Toasting s'mores at the campfire, swimming at Sand Spring Lake, hiking on the Shades of Death Trail, playing Capture the Flag, hosting Family Fun Night and Candlelight Prayer in the meadow—these were experiences shared at Shehaqua in July 2020. Through cooperation under a shared vision, Dan Hess, Chris Bush, and Sally Sayre scouted out campsites, contacted the rangers at Hickory Run, and created education packets for families.

Not being able to accept a summer without camp, this dedicated trio managed this Family Camping Adventure with the structure of Shehaqua Family Camp. Dan and Chris served as director and General Affairs director respectively, with Chris also assuming the mantle of crew; Sally took up the familiar role of teacher and education director. The persistence exhibited by this team seemed to be rewarded from above by beautiful weather throughout the gathering.

Camp Shehaqua founder Sally Sayre has volunteered to organize sign-up information. Thank you, Sally!

Sally Sayre’s contact information is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and (610) 844-3572

Daniel Hess’s contact information is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and (301) 704-6859

Families will reserve campsites on Monday, July 27th for 3 days (which means from July 27th at 3 pm to July 30th at 3pm).

There are two camping loops that are preferred for our families:
First preference is loop 45-70 and if this loop becomes full then the second preference: Loop 12-44

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While we can’t be at Shehaqua this year, there are some exciting changes to look forward to next time we attend! The camp has finished some beautiful renovations to the kitchen and they are looking to update the bathrooms as well! Along with other physical improvements, we hope to bring new, engaging programs for the entire Shehaqua family. We appreciate the improvisational flexibility of all of our volunteers this year and hope to carry that ingenuity forward into the future. Wherever you are, may you and your loved ones be safe and enjoy your summer!