2020 Family Education Event (CANCELLED)

Sadly we did not have enough registrants and have had to cancel this event. 🙁


Hope, Information, and Encouragement for Home Educators
The only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic States for 2020. This family education event is being sponsored by Building Faith Families.


Spruce Lake Retreat Center, 5389 PA-447, Canadensis, PA 18325. sprucelake.org


Friday August 21 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday August 22 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Come for one day or spend the night and attend both days.


Steve Demme and his wife Sandi began homeschooling their four sons (the youngest has Down Syndrome) in the early 1980s. He is the creator of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.

Gretchen Roe has 21+ years of home education experience with her six children, five of whom are now college graduates. With a degree in Psychology and Child Development, she has spent the last 26 years in positions of homeschool advocacy, having a special bond with families of children who have to work harder to learn.

Denise Groves is the coordinator of the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania annual conference and Co-Host of Chattin’ with CHAP. She and her husband Greg have been home-educating their 7 children since 2000.

Ginger Wayde and her husband Steve serve on the board of CHAP and homeschool their 6 children. She is the co-host of Chattin’ with CHAP and well-versed in the state laws of PA related to homeschooling.

Sessions will include these topics with more being added:

• How do I begin?
• What does a typical day look like?
• How can dad be involved?
• What are the state requirements for Pennsylvania and New York?
• Am I qualified to be the primary educator of my children?
• How to find a support group and a coop to join?
• What are the pluses and minuses of joining a coop or support group?
• What if my child has special needs?
• How do I make teaching math fun and understandable?

How Much:

$20.00 per day per person. This covers registration and includes a buffet lunch. Preregister online by August 16. Children 6-11 are $10.00 per day and children 5 and under are $2.50 per day and which includes lunch.


Meet others from your area, network, be refreshed, enjoy the swimming pool, go for a hike. In the evening you can sing around the camp fire, visit the snack bar, and go for a wagon ride.


Invite a friend or two and plan a weekend getaway for yourselves.

How Long:

Come for the day or spend a few nights.

Overnight Guests:

The standard rate for Spruce Lodge rooms during the prime summer months is $179 per room for one night.

The SPECIAL PROMOTION is $139/room for one night or $109/room/night if you stay for 2 or more nights. Call Spruce Lake 800.822.7505 to make your room reservations and meal selections. Meal rates are discounted to half price for children ages 6-11. Ages 5 and under are free.

If you are spending the night at Spruce Lake, you do not need to register but instead please email Steve Demme sdemme@demmelearning.com so I know you are coming.


Representatives from Math-U-See, CHAP, Homeschool New York, with more being added. If you are interested in being a vendor email Steve Demme spdemme@gmail.com

Used Curriculum:

There will be a room set aside for you to sell your used curriculum on both days.

For more information and updates, bookmark this page and come back to it regularly.

Register Today:

Register for the event.