The warmth and crackle of a bonfire outdoors. Flying along a zip line. Capsizing a sailboat while howling with laughter. Participating in Battle of the Bands. Experiencing God’s presence during Eucharist overlooking the cross and river on the bluff. With trepidation, trying a high ropes element for the first time and succeeding. Sharing feelings and thoughts about friendship and faith in Chaplain program. Hitting your first bull’s eye in archery. Circling up at the end of a busy, fun day arm in arm with new friends singing the Chanco Song.
For any camper, these can be transformative experiences. For a camper who was recently living in an old Chevy at a local rest stop not knowing where his next meal is coming from, these experiences are profoundly life changing. At camp, a recently homeless child can be just like any other kid. As one 2015 camper wrote to Chanco, “Thank you for always being there for me even when I wasn’t there for myself. Thank you for showing me that love really is possible in the darkest of times. Thank you for giving me a family when mine couldn’t do it.” Without your generosity, over 25 kids may not have had a camp experience last summer, including multiple campers from both Boy’s Home and ForKids organizations helping children in need.
Last year, donations to the Annual Fund made many Chanco needs a reality including: the repair of damaged sailboats, bringing our fleet back to ten total boats; $32,955 awarded in camper financial assistance; a new Defender 430 chase boat for our sailing program; a summer camp staff end-of-season banquet; a new senior camp staff leadership team; a new Ropes Course camp session; a new golf cart; a new Winter Camp program for 2016; a newly designed CIT training program with 15 CITs hired last summer; and work on multiple property projects identified as needs in our 3-5 year maintenance plan. These are just a few of the improvements and programs that were made possible with your donation.
Chanco strives to be a place for both camp and retreats that is affordable to everyone. Your gift means that we are able to keep costs low to our guests thus making a Chanco transformative experience a reality for more and more people every year. Last summer boasted 565 campers which matches our best summer in the last decade. You make this possible. Thank you.
Chanco depends upon $70,000 in its Annual Fund to sustain its ministry. To truly make a difference and “raise the roof, pave the path, and light the way” with new roofing needed on buildings, the installation of additional sidewalks and improved lighting around the motel lodges, we need $90,000. You can help us make this possible. Your donation makes the difference.
Please prayerfully consider your gift to Chanco this year and give as generously as you are able. Help us keep costs low, be able to offer extensive financial assistance to camper families and continue to make the improvements to our property and programs that makes Chanco on the James the best camp and retreat center in Virginia!
Don’t wait! Make a difference today by donating to Chanco’s Annual Fund. You may mail a check to Chanco on the James with “Annual Fund’ in the memo line and mail to Chanco at 394 Floods Drive, Surry, VA 23881 or make an easy on line donation by clicking here.