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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.

Second Annual Family Fall Festival!

On Sunday, October 26th from 2-5 pm Chanco will be open to the public for a fun fall event for all ages! Come for free pumpkin carving (cool templates and carving tools will be provided, pumpkins will be available for purchase), hayrides and fellowship. The zip lines and rock wall will be open ($2 perContinue 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 BoardContinue Reading

Miss camp already? Join us for fabulous fall youth events!

Have you been hearing your child exclaim, “I can’t wait a whole year to go back to Chanco!” since he/she returned home from camp? Well, guess what? They don’t have to wait an entire year! The Diocese of Southern Virginia hosts several youth retreats at Chanco this fall where youth from all over Virginia gatherContinue Reading

Chanco is not just for kids – Cursillo adult retreats

Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church where we’re encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace.  Cursillo retreats are for adults of all ages – 18 to 108! Cursillo is a weekend of learning more about our faith and worshipping together. Cursillo is also fellowship and fun.  If you would like toContinue Reading