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Chanco on the James
Spring Grove, VA

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1-888-7CHANCO (888-724-2626)
394 Floods Drive
Spring Grove, VA 23881

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TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway. Sessions range from 5-12 nights.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.


Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Soccer, Swimming, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Team Sports, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Chanco on the James is an easy drive from most of eastern, central and southern Virginia. Across the James River from Williamsburg, Chanco lies just an hour from Richmond or Hampton Roads. We are on over 100 acres of woods on the James River. To plan a visit, call 1-888-7CHANCO or visit our website at Our Camp Website Link: for more information.

CAMP FACILITIES: 32 cabins; outdoor junior olympic sized swimming pool; recreation/dining hall; outdoor basketball court; volleyball court; GA-GA pit; tether ball; low and high ropes course; zip lines; rustic amphitheater; river for swimming, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking; aquaglide inflatable river slide; archery range.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Chanco offers swimming in our pool and in the James River, high and low elements Ropes Course for team building and challenging oneself, archery, arts and crafts, nature education, canoeing and kayaking, zip lines, sailing, skits, singing and competitions, chaplain program. Through a wonderfully diverse program schedule, the counselors help campers develop self-esteem, a sense of independence, make new friends, learn new skills, and have fun in one of the most beautiful spots in Virginia.

Chanco is ACA (American Camp Association) accredited and earned the distinction of "Best Summer Camp" in eastern Virginia in the May 2012 "Best Of" edition of Virginia Living Magazine. Chanco on the James is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and welcomes all campers and staff of any race, creed or religion.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: CIT program for individuals ages 16-17.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Yes, email hospitality[AT] to inquire.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Family Camp offers campers of all ages a chance to attend Camp Chanco together. Come enjoy the beautiful grounds, hearty meals, and delightful community. A sampling of favorite camp activities such as archery, boating, crafts and zip lines will be offered along with daily worship and singing. Choose to stay active all day or simply enjoy the rest, relaxation and quiet time in God’s beautiful creation in the woods along the banks of the James River. Family Camp is a perfect way to spend quality time as a family without the distractions of electronic gadgets and is a very affordable way to get away without the expense of a major vacation.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Year-round retreat facilities for youth and adult groups.

OTHER CAMP INFO: We host an open house free of charge to the public each spring. Come meet our Executive Director, staff, take a tour of the property and fly along a zip line if you dare! We hope to see you there! Call 1-888-7CHANCO with any questions. Easy on line registration for Camp Chanco can be found at our website Our Camp Website Link: We also have a Facebook page with plenty of photos and updates at Our Camp Website Link: We hope to see you this summer!

Chanco on the James is a fun and rewarding work environment. A commitment to the summer staff begins with a training week in mid June and extends through mid August. If you feel a summer position at Chanco is good fit for you, apply today.

Download the application and email it to director[AT], fax it to 757-294-0727 or mail it to 394 Floods Dr Spring Grove, Virginia 23881. Preference will be given to applications received before March 15th.

Camp Chanco staff members serve as mentors in counselor and instructor positions. These staff positions are the foundation for the entire camping program. A positive and enthusiastic camp staff is essential for a fun and rewarding camper experience. All staff positions will meet American Camp Association (ACA) standards and include a full professional background check. Camper safety is our number one priority and this goal depends on a diligent and competent staff.

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