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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 camp programs in Virginia. An outdoor ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Chanco is a spiritual place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
A ministry of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Chanco is open year-round to meet all of your retreat needs.
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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.
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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.
We offer an ACA accredited summer camp program for youth ages 8-16.
The #1 Summer Camp in Virginia
For 6 years in a row, Chanco has earned the top spot as “Best Summer Camp” by Virginia Living magazine. Thank you to everyone who voted!
Words from our Wonderful Visitors
“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!”
“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.”
The Latest News & Updates
Winter Camp is coming! This fun-filled weekend is perfect for kids who are missing some Chanco sunshine or for first-timers who want to see if camp is a good fit for them. For Ages 7-12 Priced at only $125!!! Register on our website www.chanco.org or call...
Thank you to our loyal friends. YOU make us number one year after year! As the old adage goes, "Without you, Chanco is just a bunch of sticks". Chanco has a long history of earning the top spot as the number one summer camp in Virginia Living magazine and it’s that...
Sign up for your 2019 summer camp session here.