Dear friends,

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted by the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Chanco’s mission is to promote the spiritual and physical wellness of God’s people.

This page holds the most up-to-date information as we respond to the continuously evolving situation.

As of August 10 — and carefully following CDC guidelines — Chanco is once again hosting retreats. Schedule your retreat today by calling us at 888-724-2626 or emailing us at [email protected]. All group leaders will be expected to sign the Guest Covenenant; see additional policies below. 

We hear from our friends that Chanco is their happy place, their destination for respite even when things aren’t so sunny elsewhere. We feel the same way. We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work together for the health and safety of all our guests and staff. We look forward to seeing you soon, back on the banks of the James!

Until then, let us all keep the spirit of Chanco glowing brightly in our hearts and through the care, love and support we show towards one another. 

In the Chanco spirit,

Executive Director, and the entire Chanco team
Keeping Chanco Healthy

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. CDC guidelines can be found here.

Prior to arrival, all guests must undergo a self-given health screening including a temperature check and must have been symptom-free for 14 days.

Social Distancing Policies

  1. Please limit your interactions with other guests to activities that can observe social distancing guidelines.
  2. Equipment will be sanitized between guests. Equipment that cannot be sanitized may not be shared.
  3. Six feet of space should be observed at all times when interacting with other guests or staff.
  4. A mask is recommended whenever interacting with staff or other guests.
  5. Building access is limited to the ones that your group has reserved. The Pavilion is closed and off-limits to guests.

Meal Policies

  1. Other than at specific meal times, the dining hall and associated restrooms will remain closed. At meal times, guests will enter and exit thru doors off the porch.
  2. All guests will be asked to dine at the same table for the duration of their stay. 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.
  3. All meals will be served cafeteria-style with Chanco staff serving the food. Guests are to maintain a distance of 6’ apart while going through the serving line.
  4. 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.
Staying Connected
Updated Cancellation Policy

We have amended our refund policy to ensure families can feel confident in signing up for upcoming programs.

Our amended policy is as follows: If a group reservation (i.e. retreat event) or individual registration (i.e. 1980s reunion or camp attendee) 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.

Through 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!

Support Chanco

Chanco is committed to our year-round staff during this time of COVID-19 challenge and uncertainty. A Paycheck Protection Program grant through the CARES act and significant donor support through #GivingTuesdayNow in May have helped us to maintain Chanco’s commitment to the year-round staff who serve our campers and guests. Donate now.

Guidelines from the Diocese of Southern Virginia

To safeguard our people and those in our communities, Bishop Haynes has called for all church activity including worship to be suspended. Click here for the latest from Bishop Haynes and the Advisory Panel for regathering.