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

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 8-16. 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:

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Chanco on the James does not have any position openings for year-round staff at this time. However, we are always interested in finding individuals with strong Christian values who work well in a team and thrive in an outdoor setting. If you wish to submit an application for employment to be kept on file, you may find one available for download below. Please also visit our summer camp employment page for information on summer jobs as a camp counselor. Thank you for your interest in Chanco on the James. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you soon!

If you are interested in a position on our summer staff as a counselor, nurse, lifeguard, or working in our kitchen, please fill out the application form found at: http://www.chanco.org/be-a-counselor/