Dear Camp Chanco 2020 families,

We write today to thank you for your continued support as we adapt to an ever-changing environment. Our Chanco community, including our bishop, camp and retreat families, board, staff and donors have demonstrated unwavering loyalty and commitment to our mission. For this, we are enormously grateful. We recognize that delivering our mission today is more challenging than ever before.

After much study, discussion, prayer and with heavy hearts, the Chanco Board of Directors has decided to suspend Camp Chanco’s normal camp operations for the 2020 season. During this pandemic, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has encouraged us to ask ourselves, “What would Love do?” At the heart of this decision is love. We care too deeply for our campers, our staff, their families and for Camp Chanco’s future to risk opening for normal camp operations this summer. 

While making the decision now is difficult, we want to support our Chanco families to help them make their plans accordingly. The good news is the Camp Chanco staff and our board are now planning ways for individuals and families to “Come Home to Chanco” in-person and right from their own homes! Please look for updates by early June.

We are truly thankful to have each and every one of you in our Chanco family. Thank you for your continued patience, support and prayers during this challenging time. Please trust that our decisions are made prayerfully and with the safety and wellbeing of our campers first and foremost in our minds. We continue to hold all of you in our prayers and hope that you are physically, mentally, and spiritually well during these especially difficult times. We very much look forward to the day we can safely welcome our friends back to our magical woods.

In the Chanco spirit, 

Gareth Kalfas, Executive Director, Chanco on the James 
Nancy LeCuyer Beach, President, Chanco Board of Directors

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 officiated 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 involved 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! 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

Support Chanco During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Former Camp Director Dave Davenport shares thoughts about this current time of uncertainty during COVID-19 resulting in suspended normal operations for Camp Chanco 2020. Dave shares perspective during hardship, being a part of the better road ahead, gratitude, the spirit of Chanco, prayers for our community, and prayers for our Chanco family among other inspiring words during his Chanco fireside chat. Chanco is you! Watch the video here.