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The Spiritual Heart of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Promoting the spiritual and physical wellness of God’s people

2013 Camp Chanco Summer Fun! Chanco on the James is a retreat center for youth and adults as well as one of the longest running summer camp programs in Virginia. It is situated on 125 acres of woods surrounded by natural wildlife along the James River.

Our location in Surry County, Virginia is a short ferry ride away from historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. An outdoor ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Chanco is a spiritual place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

250TallWe offer Christian hospitality to guests of all ages, races, and denominations and we welcome the opportunity to share God’s love as revealed in the beauty of creation.

Chanco is a perfect location for church retreats, corporate groups, youth programs, and families who want a remote location to relax, learn, and connect. Sandy beaches, excellent dining, and peaceful accommodations will make you feel like you are staying at a private resort.

We also offer an ACA accredited summer camp program for youth ages 8-18. Our residential camp offers a wealth of traditional activities, including high and low ropes courses, zip lining, archery, pool activities, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing, as well as nature instruction and arts and crafts classes. Meeting new friends, learning new things, living away from home in Christian community all make camp a valuable experience for youth of all ages.

Men’s Cursillo Weekend #153 April 24-27

Men’s Cursillo Weekend #153 April 24-27

Are you seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord and new tools for prayer, worship and Christian leadership?  Are you someone struggling with expressing your faith or belief in God and Jesus?  Are you seeking a community of faithful friends?  If any of this sounds at all familiar, then Men’s Cursillo weekend may be justContinue Reading

Happening #61 Diocesan Youth Retreat, March 7-9

Register NOW for Happening #61 If a weekend at Chanco full of an abundance of laughter, fun, fellowship, faith, worship, God’s grace and new friendships would interest your child, then Happening #61 is for him/her.  Happening is a Christian renewal program in the Diocese of Southern Virginia designed for youth in grades 10-12 and theirContinue Reading

*NEW* Specialty Camp Sessions for 2014!

*NEW* Specialty Camp Sessions for 2014!

Chanco is pleased and proud to announce two brand new Camp Sessions this summer!  In addition to the very popular Sail Camp, Chanco is offering two new specialty camps for those seeking a new or different adventure! Sail Camp Sail Camp is back once again by popular demand! If your camper has a passion forContinue Reading