A session at Chanco is more than just a good time in the woods. Yes, there is laughter, singing, bonfires, silly skits and amazing outdoor activities including swimming, boating, the ropes course and zip lining. But there is more. Through time spent in Christian community and lessons taught by our chaplains who are youth ministry leaders from our own diocese, your camper will have the opportunity to grow closer to God and develop his/her own faith in a unique way. There are many benefits to attending summer camp at Chanco, not the least of which are an emotionally safe environment to simply be yourself, an opportunity to be a kid spending the majority of your time outdoors and away from technological gadgets, and developing true friendships that often develop much faster as a result of living and working together in community.
Another benefit of summer camp is finding mentors in the young adult counselors. Kids need people other than their parents to invest in them. They need positive role models to look up to. Camp Chanco provides children with amazing, college-age students who truly care about them and encourage them to be their best version of themselves while also challenging them to try new and different things. With new friends from all over Virginia and often many states beyond, Chanco offers your child a bigger picture of life and friendships than their own backyard. Friendship connections beyond their home school and neighborhood often become lifetime connections.
We at Chanco believe that children today need camp more than ever. With increased social pressures, increased academic and athletic pressures, and increased focus on technological gadgets, camp is a rare gem in an ever-evolving challenging world. Join us at Chanco this summer and give your child or grandchild the opportunity to make new friends and discover their own unique gifts in an emotionally safe and supportive environment that pushes them to grow in their sense of adventure while also growing in their sense of self in God’s image. Don’t wait – register today to ensure your spot in the session of your choice! With one week, two week, and brand new specialty sessions available, there is a program perfect for your camper!
Click here for a Camp Chanco 2015 flier with more information to share with your child, friends and parish! Click here for a flier with more information about our Ropes Course and Family Camp specialty sessions. You may also stay tuned to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chancoonthejames) for the latest news and photos of all Chanco programs. Returning camper parents please note: in keeping with new American Camping Association guidelines, camp physicals are now required annually rather than every other year. All campers will need a current physical. This will be in all camper packet letters and will be publicized prominently and often, but wanted to make our camper families aware now of this change! 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”! Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-7CHANCO (888-724-2626).