Kids today have many valuable activities pulling at their summer schedules – there are Vacation Bible School opportunities, mission trips, pilgrimages, sports camps, family vacations, visits to grandparents, academic camps and more. With all these fabulous summer opportunities, why make time to spend one or two weeks of your summer in the woods at Chanco?
Beyond all the Chanco offers such as swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, the ropes course, zip lining, laughter, singing, bonfires, skits and amazing outdoor activities – beyond that there are the intangible benefits of camp. Chanco offers our young people a priceless opportunity to spend more time outdoors than indoors for one or two solid weeks. Our kids need to get dirty, play in the mud, swim in the river, find sharks teeth, visit a natural spring, play Ga-Ga and have pet frogs. As our addition to phones, computers, tablets and video games grows, it has never been more important for kids to have substantial time outside away from these things.
Chanco is a place where it’s more than OK to mess up – it’s embraced. It’s a place where falling out of the sailboat is as much fun as sailing itself and where forgetting lines in a skit or missing the bulls eye in archery are just as treasured moments as any success. In a world of ever increasing academic pressures, Chanco is a place to just be a kid and have fun.
We at Chanco believe that kids today need camp more than ever. One camper shared, “There is something about being excluded from the hateful outside world of social media, drama and real world issues that makes you feel secure and comforted. Friendships at Chanco are the ones that last. Chanco is like a second home.” Where words like “survival”, “pressure cooker”, “social media drama”, “bullying” and “gossip” are all too common in the growing up years, let’s take two weeks and replace these with “Faith”, “God”, “spirit”, “friendship”, “magical forests” and “second home”.
Click here for a Camp Chanco 2015 flier with more information to share with your child, friends and parish! Click here for a video about Chanco camp sessions and retreats. Click here to visit the page on this website to register now (Click the “register now” circle at top of the page). We can’t wait to see you this summer for the first time or for your ninth visit in Chanco’s magical forests where “friends are friends forever”!