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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.


Employment Opportunities:

EployApp_TNDirector of Programs: Chanco on the James is currently accepting applications for the position of Director of Programs. The Director of Programs will assist in facilitating the year round program, ministry, and operation of Chanco on the James. S/he develops new retreat programs, provides world class Christian hospitality to all guests, and oversees the operation of the summer camp program all under the direction of the Executive Director. Responsibilities include customer service, “hands on” activity facilitation, planning, camper and staff supervision, as well as staff recruiting and hiring. The position offers a salary range of $28,000 – $30,000 and a generous benefits package. On-site housing is provided to assist in fulfillment of job duties and living at camp is required during the summer season. Desirable qualifications and experience for the Director of Programs include: Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree and/or equivalent experience, experience in program design and ministry, experience in a senior leadership role at a summer camp, certifications necessary to lead/teach in ropes course operation and aquatics/lifeguarding.

Interested participants should submit a resume, cover letter, and completed application to Gareth Kalfas at director@chanco.org. Questions? Call Gareth at 888-7CHANCO (888-724-2626).

Summer Camp Director: Chanco on the James is currently accepting applications for the position of Summer Camp Director for the 2015 season. The Summer Camp Director leads a staff of 45 individuals whose primary responsibilities are to supervise campers and introduce children to the love of Jesus Christ through various camp activities. S/he oversees the operation of the summer camp program at Chanco on the James. On-site housing is provided to assist in fulfillment of job duties. Living at camp is required during the season. This seasonal position offers a salary range of $11,000 – $12,000. The term of employment is February 1 – August 15, 2015. Desirable qualifications and experience for the Director of Programs include: Bachelor’s Degree or Associate’s Degree and/or equivalent experience; working knowledge and/or experience as Assistant Director, Program Director, or senior leadership role at a summer camp; and familiarity with ACA standards and accreditation process.

Interested participants should submit a resume, cover letter, and completed application to Gareth Kalfas at director@chanco.org. Questions? Call Gareth at 888-7CHANCO (888-724-2626).

Announcing Camp Chanco Dates 2015!

Camp Chanco friends! Even though we have just gotten back to school, it’s not too early to be thinking about SUMMER!  And summer means SUMMER CAMP AT CHANCO!  We are pleased to announce our Camp Chanco session dates for 2015 and can’t wait to have you back with us for fun and friendship that lasts…Continue Reading

NEW Advent Retreat!

Are you counting down the days until Christmas!  Are you ready?  And we don’t mean, “Have you done all your shopping?”!  We mean, “Have you reflected upon the season of Advent and given yourself the gift of peace this season?”.   Spend time at Chanco this Advent discovering tools to develop your prayer life and cope with stress while you…Continue Reading

Join the Chanco Board of Directors

Make a difference to Chanco – join the Board of Directors! Are you passionate about Chanco’s ministry?  Do you want to make a difference to its fiscal strength, property improvement and future programs? Would you enjoy working with lay and clergy members from around our diocese to continue Chanco’s growth and development?  Then the Chanco Board…Continue Reading