80s Alumni Reunion

Were you a camper, EYC’er, or Happener in the 1980’s?! If so, mark your calendars and save the date! 

Cursillo #168

Adult retreat designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ and an opportunity to make friends all over our diocese

Happening #72

This retreat for grades 10-12 has transformed many young people – don’t miss it! 

Spirit Center Consecration

May 2 with the Rt. Rev. Susan B. Haynes officiating.

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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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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

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Women’s Lenten Retreat March 6-7, 2020

Gravity and Grace Exploring Themes of Darkness and Light in our Lenten Journeys Open to women 18 and older Cost:  Friday and Saturday: $95 shared room or $135 for private room (includes reception, accommodations, meals, and program)Saturday only: $35...

Join us for a volunteer work weekend!

Come give back to a place that has given so much to so many people. On Saturday, Nov 2nd we invite you to help us keep Chanco beautiful. We will be doing an assortment of projects. These projects will include painting, landscaping, and even some light carpentry. If...

Carter’s Walk – October 5, 2019

The Rev. Carter Sinclair, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach The Rev. Carter Sinclair, Deacon at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, has made a commitment to walk 65 kilometers for his 65thbirthday! Carter hopes to complete this walk in 12 hours or less...