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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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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

Registration steps:

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!

For those who are interested in getting outside, Sally Sayre and Daniel Hess are coordinating in-person tent camping at Hickory Run State Park since those campsites will be open in the summer. While this camping trip will not be organized by Shehaqua Family directly, we will be able to lend mattresses to families who plan to tent camp this year. All families will need to bring their own tents and food. The goal of this event is to continue to have fellowship, group activities and education similar to Shehaqua but with more ability to stay safe outdoors since families will eat on their own at mealtimes.

Campsites are first-come first-served. Contact Sally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your family is interested in joining and she will coordinate with you to reserve a site in our loop.