Summer Camp 2022

Chanco on the James has one of the most successful youth camping programs in Virginia. The camp program has been running continuously since 1968 and is accredited by the American Camping Association.

Spring Weekend

May 20–22

Youth in grades 6–12 are invited to join us for a weekend of camp fun and fellowship as we explore not only what it means to be an Episcopalian, but how we share our faith with others.

Virginia Indians Yesterday and Today

May 21

Learn about the history of the Powhatan confederacy and other Virginia tribes that were not a part of the confederacy. Nellie Adkins and Kevin Brown will discuss the trials of Virginia Indians in the early part of the 20th century.

Town Hall Meeting #2

May 25

Wondering what Camp Chanco 2022 will look like this summer!? Come join Chanco’s Live Town Hall #2 Zoom Event. We are thrilled camp will look a little more “normal” this summer and will share what you can expect with COVID safety protocol along with all the fun things to look forward to as a summer camper with us.

Living the 4th Day

A Celebration of Music

June 4

Show your support for David Adams and his team of talented musicians who are preparing to make this a wonderful day of songs, sharing, worship and community. We want to fill the forest with our voices.
De Colores!

Food for the Soul

September 17–18

This retreat will feature incredible food, learning about and tasting various wines made in Virginia (with non-alcoholic options), and lessons from Nellie Adkins about Indigenous foods and history. Food, fun, and fellowship will all be a part of this relaxing, educational, and rejuvenating overnight retreat.

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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