COVID-19 Updates

Pandemic Update


We are clearly entering a new phase of the pandemic. The number of cases is in sharp decline. Protocols are being relaxed. The CDC made a substantial change in the way we assess the risk level in a particular geographic area to focus more on hospital capacity and less on infection rate metrics. This new assessment means that portions of our diocese are now in a green status.
None of this means that we can let down our guard; we must remain vigilant, as we know that this virus and its spread can change in an instant. At Chanco we will continue to carefully monitor local conditions and make decisions about safety protocols that faithfully care for our our campers and retreat guests.

Chanco’s COVID-19 Policies

We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. At this critical time, we are taking the following measures to maintain these standards:

  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including door handles, public bathrooms, etc.) and have continued the use of commercial-grade disinfectants, listed on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19.
  • We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers
  • We are cautioning our staff to stay home when sick in order to prioritize the health and safety of our guests and staff.

The most important thing for all of us to do is to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. Prior to arrival, all guest must undergo a self-given health screening including a temperature check and must have been symptom free for 14 days. 

Social Distancing Policies:

  • Please limit your interactions with other guests to activities that can observe social distancing guidelines.
  • Six feet of space should be observed at all times when interacting with other guests or staff.
  • A mask is recommended whenever interacting with staff or other guests.
  • Building access is limited to the ones that your group has reserved

Meal Policies:

  • All groups will be asked to dine at the assigned tables. In the serving line, and at all other times when not seated at one’s table, guests are asked to wear mask while in the dining hall.
  • All meals will be served cafeteria style. Guests are to maintain a distance of 6’ apart while going through the serving line.
  • At the end of your meal, please leave all table service at your table. The staff will be glad to clean up once you have left. 


    Summer 2022 COVID Protocols

    • Testing: Campers and staff will be required to provide results of a negative PCR test prior to the start of camp 
    • Meals: Campers will eat indoors in the dining hall this summer by campsite cohort 
    • Masks: All campers are being asked to bring masks in case they are needed. Masking will be optional outdoors. 
    • Outdoor Activities: We will hold as many activities outdoors as possible, and will return to camp-wide activities again this summer.
    • Vaccinations: Vaccinations will be required for all Chanco counselors; Vaccinations are highly recommended for all campers and campers will be asked to provide their vaccination status as a part of their immunization record
    • In alignment with CDC and American Camp Association policies, those exposed to Covid whose vaccination status is not up to date will be required to quarantine at home following any exposure to COVID-19; those who are fully vaccinated may remain on site with symptoms monitored unless they test positive.

    COVID-19 Resources

    The Virginia Department of Health Community Transmission page which provides access to information in each locality.

    The CDC COVID-19 Integrated County View provides key data for monitoring COVID-19 throughout the United States through maps, charts and data. This map tracks by county the level of transmission risk in each state from low to moderate to substantial to high. This can be tracked on a daily basis by county. The CDC recommends that indoor masking continue in places where there is risk of transmission.

    The CDC List of Guidelines for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated

    • Masking, even for fully vaccinated people, is strongly advised.
    • Social distancing should be observed where possible.
    • Attention should be given to ensuring adequate ventilation.
    • Services should be shortened where possible.
    • Any congregational singing should be with masks.
    • Any coffee hour observed should be with individually pre-packaged food and drinks.

    Cancellation Policy

    If a group reservation or individual registration needs to cancel because of the COVID-19 virus based on health department recommendations, government regulations, or the decision of camp leadership, or if an individual is unable to attend because of the COVID-19 virus, any registration payments, including the full, non-refundable/non-transferable deposit will be refunded, credited toward a future program, or may be donated to Chanco as a gift in support of our mission, based on the individual’s preference. If a group or individual is at Chanco attending a camp or retreat program and must leave early due to COVID or other illness, there is no refund provided.