A letter from our Bishop


Camp Chanco will be open for 2021 season!

As our Easter season is a time of joy and rebirth, I am pleased to announce that Camp Chanco will be open for the 2021 season! After a time where so many of us have felt isolated and tied to technology, our young people will be able to gather together at Chanco away from screens, experiencing outdoor adventures, and challenging themselves in new ways. With our schools and churches mostly virtual over the last year, opportunities for our young people to be active and connect with one another in person have perhaps never been more needed than now. Our Missioner for Camp and Retreat Ministry, Gareth Kalfas, and his team have been working diligently to research all COVID safety camp guidelines to prepare for a safe and exciting camp experience. Chanco will operate at a reduced capacity this summer and registrations are already ahead of schedule. Therefore, I recommend that all interested families register your camper today. I am very much looking forward to celebrating Eucharist with our campers during their session and to experiencing Camp Chanco alive with outdoor activity, laughter, singing, and worship. May Chanco’s programs be blessed with opportunities to find God in the outdoors, in each other, and in living and learning in Christian community. Please join me in holding the Camp Chanco staff and campers in our prayers for a healthy, fun and faith-filled season ahead. 

-Bishop Susan


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. 


    Click here for the latest from Bishop Haynes and the Advisory Panel for Re-Gathering the Church, and resources for congregations as Southern Virginia responds to coronavirus/COVID-19 in our communities. 

    As 2021 camp plans are developed, we will be keeping our camp families informed with our Chanco Chatter newsletter, emails, and town hall Zoom meetings. Our next town hall will be at 7pm on May 20th. Click here to join. Information will be available on our website, Chanco Chatter, and social media pages.  

    Our March Town Hall focused upon COVID safety protocol, Ropes Course activities, Wilderness Camp, and “what Chanco means to me” by a former camper, current counselor!

    Our April Town Hall focused upon updates with COVID safety protocol, Aquatics, Archery & Tomahawk, and camp tips from an experienced camper parent.