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

2013 Camp Chanco Summer Fun! 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 8-18. 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.

Join us for all NEW Family Camp!

Has your camper come home from Chanco raving about swimming and boating in the James, bonfires at night, the wonder of nature and Chanco’s magical woods, or the exhilaration of climbing a 32′ high rock wall and flying along a zip line?  We have often heard parents say, “When is adult camp?”.  Have you everContinue Reading

Second Annual Fall Family Festival!

On Sunday, October 26th from 2-5 pm Chanco will be open to the public for a fun fall event for all ages! Come for free pumpkin carving (cool templates and carving tools will be provided, pumpkins will be available for purchase), hayrides and fellowship. The zip lines and rock wall will be open ($2 perContinue Reading

“Biking for a Better World” event to benefit Chanco and Episcopal Relief & Development

Biking for a Better World is a recreational bike ride fundraiser that will benefit Chanco on the James and Episcopal Relief & Development, an international relief and development agency and a compassionate response to human suffering throughout the world on behalf of the Episcopal Church. Click here for more information on Episcopal Relief & Development.Continue Reading