All about Chanco on the James

what we do

Promoting the Spiritual and Physical Wellness of God’s People

We offer Christian hospitality to guests of all ages, races, and denominations and we welcome the opportunity to share God’s love as revealed in the beauty of creation.


Who We Are 

Chanco is situated on 125 acres of woods surrounded by natural wildlife along the James River. Our location in Surry County, Virginia is a short ferry ride away from historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg.

Our Vision

Chanco on the James strives to be the “spiritual heart of Southern Virginia”. We promote the spiritual and physical wellness of all God’s people through our summer camp programs and retreat facilities.


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a relaxed, comfortable environment to promote spiritual, personal and professional growth. Chanco strives to be a place to rest, rejuvenate, and reconnect with God, His people, and His creation.


our message

A Word from our Bishop

Camp and retreat centers are the foundation of my own Christian formation. Growing up in the camping programs at Camp Henry of the Diocese of Western North Carolina and at Kanuga was as formative of a time for me as anything.

And we in the Diocese of Southern Virginia do the best job of spiritual formation within Chanco’s programs, particularly our camp programs, as any place in the United States.

The Rt. Rev. Jay Magness

Bishop Diocesan Pro Tempore, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia