Chanco’s mission is to promote the spiritual and physical wellness of God’s people. I care about each of you and hope you are staying well. I hope you are finding moments of lightness in the midst of this unfamiliar reality we are all living. Therefore, in alignment with our diocese and public health officials, we are extending our suspension of group activities indefinitely.

We are committed to continuing Chanco’s mission through creative and virtual ways. 

The big question campers and families may be asking is; “Will we have camp this summer? The answer today is a hopeful YES. The summer season is far enough away that we are still preparing and planning for a strong and wonderful camp program. However, we know that we are living through an unprecedented and emerging situation. We want our camper families and our retreat guests to be ready when programming resumes. Therefore, we have amended our refund policy to ensure families can feel confident in signing up todayThrough this policy change, we hope to build on our strong relationships and reputation from more than 50 years in camping to reassure you that you have nothing to lose when you register with Chanco again this year!

This page contains information on a few of the ways we are working to remain connected during this time of physical distance. 

Thank you for being a part of the Chanco family. When you do return to Chanco, we will be ready, as always, to share God’s love as revealed in the beauty of His creation. In the meantime, know that our prayers are with each of you and all those around the world that are affected in many ways by the COVID-19 virus. We look forward to warm sunny days together on the banks of the James.


Ways to Connect with Chanco While Physical Distancing

Easter Vigil on the Bluff:

The Rev. Eileen Walsh will be officiating a special virtual/electronic Easter Vigil on the bluff on April 11th. The Easter Vigil is one of the oldest liturgies in the church. This electronic service will involve readings that tell the history of salvation, music, the lighting of the Pascal candle and other candles, the ringing of bells, and the joyous celebration of the resurrection! Join the Rev. Eileen Walsh for a special electronic Easter Vigil at Chanco on Saturday, April 11th at 8pm via our Facebook page here.

Keeping Chanco Healthy

The health and safety of everyone in our Chanco community is of the highest priority. The Chanco board of directors and staff take seriously the trust that you place in us both to provide high-quality programs and to meet and exceed the highest industry standards set forth by the Department of Health and the American Camp Association. At this critical time and through the summer, we will continue the following measures to maintain these standards:
  • Conducting health history reviews and health screenings on the first day of camp for all campers and staff
  • Regular and thorough disinfection of public areas including restrooms, gathering spaces, the dining hall, door handles, etc. using commercial-grade disinfectants, listed on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19
  • A daily check for campsite cleanliness 
  • Staff-monitored camper personal hygiene including teeth brushing and showering
  • Cautioning our staff to stay home when sick in order to prioritize the health and safety of others