All about Camp Chanco

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Welcome to Camp Chanco

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.

This residential camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 18 years is a place for having fun, making friends,
trying new things, and enjoying God’s creation. Every year from 2014-2020, Chanco has enjoyed the
recognition of being voted number one “Best Summer Camp” by Virginia Living Magazine.

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Traditional Sessions

Each morning will feature three great camp activities and afternoons will include another activity block as well as free time for swimming. After dinner, campers will enjoy playing games and socializing outdoors during canteen time.

Christian community will be a large part of the day as your camper spends the majority of his/her time making friends and enjoying new experiences with his/her campsite.

Special events throughout the week, like Big Day and Chanco Night make for an unforgettable experience at Camp Chanco.


Evening Activities

There will be various Evening Programs to allow the entire camp to gather together in fun. Once these are finished, we will all circle up to sing the Chanco song and share in a devotional before heading back to the campsite to rest up for another fun day.


Chanco Experience

Campers enjoy a range of outdoor activities, camp skits, songs, and rich traditions. Our residential camp program offerings: Climbing Wall, High Ropes, Zip Lines, Low Ropes, Swimming Pool, Boating, Sailing, Paddleboarding, Arts and Crafts, Archery, Basketball, Gaga, and other Games, Nature Classes, and Evening Programs.

Many youth report discovering God in a different way in our relaxed, natural environment.

An Episcopal priest, deacon or a qualified religious education worker is responsible for the worship and education program of each session.


Chanco Values

Emphasis is placed on individual growth in a context of Christian community through relationships with other youth and adults, through religious education and worship, and through a variety of recreational activities.

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Specialty Camps

In addition to our traditional camp sessions, we offer these specialty camps for those seeking an exciting alternative:

Winter Camp

Campers ages 7-12 will be able to return during the winter months for another Chanco experience filled with fun camp activities and enriching worship. As an added bonus, campers will receive a cool gift – the season’s camp T-shirt! This means that they can show all their friends they were the first campers of the season. This is the perfect opportunity for a younger camper to return to Chanco or a new camper to be introduced to Chanco. What a fantastic way to get excited for upcoming summer camp programs!

Campers will arrive for winter camp at the Dining Hall between 6pm and 7pm Friday night after having eaten dinner. Departure time is 1pm on Sunday, right after lunch. Lodging will be lock-in style, so campers should bring a sleeping bag and pillow to sleep on the floor. Many traditional camp activities will be done outside, so warm clothing is also needed. For more questions about this new program, please call 888-7CHANCO (724-2626).

Mariner's Camp

This is one of our most popular camp sessions often fi lling with a wait list! This session involves extensive time building sailing and nautical skills. It is the perfect session for an older camper who would like a different Chanco experience and who loves being on the water!

Ropes Camp

Challenge yourself to new heights on high elements and experience team building on the low ropes elements. This camp program includes intensive ropes skill building, new and different ropes activities, more zip lining time and an overall deeper understanding of the ropes experience.
This session is perfect for someone aspiring to be a ropes course counselor.

Wilderness Adventure Camp

For ages 10–14, this session focuses upon building wilderness survival skills, outdoor cooking skills, fi re building, knot tying, orienteering and team building along with many favorite traditional camp activities. Interested in building a shelter in the woods and then sleeping in it? Then this session is for you!

Family Camp

This session offers campers of all ages a chance to enjoy camp together. It includes many favorite traditional activities, and you choose how to spend your day! Stay in chalets or pay a bit more and stay in retreat lodges. This session is the perfect opportunity to introduce a new camper or reunite with camp friends. It is an incredible, affordable family vacation!

Senior Week

This session is for campers who have completed grades 9–12 and involves many of the traditional activities of camp along with special activities geared for the older camper. It is the perfect session for our older campers and our EYC friends who may have never attended camp before. Teens enjoy their favorite traditional camp activities along with NEW activities only our Senior High campers get to enjoy!

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Camp Objectives

Chanco seeks to be a re-telling of the story of God’s love for people through His gifts of nature, personhood, relationships, and our Lord Jesus Christ.


To provide an opportunity to learn to better appreciate one’s self and others.



To provide opportunities for spiritual growth and greater understanding of the Christian faith.



To relate the camper to the natural environment for greater understanding and appreciation.



To develop skills which have carry-over value the camper’s home life.



To develop an understanding of community living and community cooperation.



To provide an enjoyable experience in the outdoors.



To provide a safe environment in which the camper can function to the best of their potential.



To maintain and incorporate the objectives of the American Camp Association (ACA).