The Spiritual Heart of the Diocese of Southern Virginia
Chanco on the James is a retreat center for youth and adults as well as one of the longest running summer programs in Virginia.
An outdoor ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Chanco is a spiritual place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
Conferences & Retreats
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 8-16.
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.
What our wonderful visitors have to say about Chanco
“I will always carry the Chanco spirit with me no matter how old or far away I am. Thank you for everything you have done for me. By introducing me to Chanco, my life has been changed. I have met great life-long friends and have definitely been brought closer to God.”Jessica Denomme
“We had a great retreat! You are our Diocesan retreat center! We tell EVERYBODY (all other Canterbury groups) what a great place Chanco is!”Rev. John Maxwell Kerr
“I got the foundation of my success as a military commander as a counselor and Program Director on the banks of the James…I’ve never stopped practicing what I learned at camp.”Dave Belote
The #1 Summer Camp in Virginia
For the sixth year in a row, Chanco has earned the top spot as “Best Summer Camp” by Virginia Living magazine. Thank you to all of the individuals and families who voted!