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Advent Retreat

December 23

Join us as we delve into our faith journeys as we learn about the Candles of Advent, their meanings, and how we experience those meanings in our daily lives. Activities will include praise, Lectio Divina style Bible study and discussion, candle making, faith journals, and more.

Summer Staff Town Hall

December 8 at 6:30 pm

Participants get the chance to discover more about Chanco on the James through conversations with a panel of Chanco’s leadership and past summer camp counselors.  The event is open to all interested applicants.

Winter Camp 2023

January 13—15, 2023

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.

Pray – Write – Stretch

Spiritual Writing and Yoga Retreat

January 27–29, 2023

Get away and to delve into faith using three vehicles: yoga, prayer and writing. Facilitated by Elizabeth Felicetti & Samantha Vincent-Alexander 

Don’t wait to register for next year’s camps! With a large range of activities and specialty camps available, camps will fill up fast, so register today!

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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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Camp Chanco

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

Camper '08 - '10, Church of the Redeemer

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

Reverend, Canterbury, William & Mary

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

Camper & Staff Member, '71 - '85, Partner & CEO, DARE Strategies LLC