What is it like to be a Chanco camper?
We start a new journey and bring laughter on the grounds of a special place, named Chanco. Throughout the session you see friends of old, and make new ones. Starting that first night, as the sun sets, a campsite begins to connect. It happens between that space right after the colors disappear on the horizon, when the many small stars start to dot the blue sky. That evening everyone talks. By the next day inside jokes have begun. More importantly, we learn to trust. We start by trusting each other, then ourselves. As the days fly on, we gain faith. By the end, what we learn most of all is teamwork, and God’s love.
7:00 am Wake-up
7:30 am KP – Kitchen patrol for assigned campsite
7:50 am Flagpole (morning devotional)
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Infirmary call for medications
9:00 am First activity (for example: Ropes Course or Zip Lines)
10:00 am Second activity (for example: Arts and Crafts or Chaplain time)
11:00 am Third activity (for example: Boating or Nature)
11:45 pm KP – Kitchen patrol for assigned campsite
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Infirmary call for medications
1:00 pm Rest Period in campsites
2:00 pm Fourth activity (for example: Archery or Sailing)
3:15 pm Free swim (in the James River)
4:30 pm Shower time
5:30 pm KP – Kitchen patrol for assigned campsite
6:00 pm Dinner
6:45 pm Infirmary call for medications
7:00 pm Canteen – camp store for snacks and souvenirs
8:15 pm Evening program (for example: Eucharist, skits, Battle of the Bands, etc.)
9:30 pm Circle up, sing Chanco song, evening devotional
9:45 pm Infirmary call for medications
10:00 pm Chalet meeting and Prayers in campsite
10:45 pm Lights out
Canteen happens most nights after diner. It is a time for buying snacks and souvenirs as well as for hanging out and playing games such as Gaga. Rather than having campers carry money, parents may put a sum of money into their child’s canteen account. Each Campsite will get called up to canteen one at a time and will be allowed either one piece of candy and a soda, 2 pieces of candy or 2 soda’s and as many souvenirs as they want, using the money in their canteen account. Enjoy your treats and please throw all trash in the garbage can.
Every night at Camp Chanco an Evening Program is provided to entertain and engage campers. Arrival Night on Sunday is Skit night where the Counselors perform a series of hilarious skits and the campers et to make up a skit of their very own, Sunday is Eucharist, Wednesday is Battle of the Bands where each campsite performs a song or a dance as well as some solo acts and Thursday is Indian Night where we re-enact the story of Chanco and tap campers into their respective tribes. Movie Night, Dance, and Carnival are other examples of Evening Programs.
At the end of EP we all circle up, make a couple of announcements, hear a devotional from the chaplain, say a prayer, sing the Chanco Song, and head back to campsites for chalet meetings.
At the end of every day at Chanco, before the campers go to bed, each campsite has a chalet meeting. The whole campsite gathers and has a brief talk about the day; what they enjoyed, and what’s going to be happening the next day. After this, we say the Lord’s Prayer and then yell a goodnight message to our neighboring campsites.
Chanco Chums is awesome and a cool way to do something nice for someone and make them feel good. The program runs something like a secret Santa. The whole point of Chanco chums is so that the person you are doing nice things for doesn’t find out that it’s you. This might mean that you need to get other people to give them things on your behalf and tell them that it is from their Chanco Chum. Then, on Sunday after Eucharist, we reveal our Chanco Chums one at a time and form a big circle.
After all four program blocks it is time for the whole camp to cool off from the heat and take a dip in the James; this dip is known as Free Swim. Campers may enjoy the water or relax on the beach. Regular buddy checks are conducted by the lifeguards to ensure that all swimmers are present and accounted for. When Free Swim finishes the campers head back to the campsites to shower and get ready for dinner
KP is done to help out the hard working Kitchen Staff and let them concentrate on cooking up delicious food, while the campsite on KP helps to set up the Dining Area. A typical KP session involves set-up for the meal, including:
Taking the chairs off of the tops of the tables and neatly setting them up, usually 8 to a table,
Neatly laying out Plates, silverware, and cups so that there is enough to match the number of seats at each table, and
Making sure that each table has a pitcher of water and juice as well as any condiments.
The campsite responsible for KP will also clean up after the meal by:
Checking that all chairs are stacked on the tables,
Sweeping the floor,
Collecting any lost and found, and
Sweeping the restrooms.
At Chanco, we have a tradition that campers sing for their mail. This is really fun and no child sings alone! Every day at lunchtime the camp staff will announce campers who must sing for their mail. If a camper gets sent mail or a care package, they have the opportunity to make up a quick song about mail and perform it for the rest of camp. Campers receive and open their mail during rest period. Campers can also receive bunk notes, email sent through a third-party vendor and printed and distributed daily by the camp staff. Click here to sign up for bunk notes.