Established in 1957, Camp Hanover has offered residential Christian camp programs for elementary, middle and high school youth for over 55 years as the outdoor ministry of the Presbytery of the James, Presbyterian Church (USA). A fully-accredited member of the American Camp Association, Camp Hanover continues to meet or exceed the camping industry’s standards for safe operation, employing best practices to maintain a summer camping program of the highest quality.
Our mission is to provide a place apart for renewal and growth in an environment of Christian hospitality. Campers in our summer programs will find an atmosphere of caring and acceptance at every turn. Opportunities abound for making new friends, meeting people from around the world and around the corner, learning and practicing outdoor living skills, developing individual talents and leadership abilities, taking responsibility and caring for God’s world, and having barrels of fun!
As a year-round retreat center, Camp Hanover provides overnight accomodations, food service and recreational programming for churches, schools and other non-profit organizations who need "a place apart" for retreats, training events and other gatherings for groups of up to 200 people.
Tucked away on nearly 600 acres of wooded forests and expansive meadows, Camp Hanover sits on the outskirts of Mechanicsville, Virginia. Our site is a short, 30-minute drive northeast from Richmond, easily accessible from I-295 and I-64.
As you enter down the gravel road, you’ll be transported to a place apart, away from the hectic pace and frantic distractions of the outside world. You’ll find yourself in a sanctuary of natural beauty and solitude that many a wild critter call home.
Explore. Hike the trails. Watch the moon rise. Gaze at the stars. Canoe, fish or paddleboat on a 30-acre lake. Catch a glimpse of a white-tail deer. Watch a hawk or heron soar into the sky. Listen to an owl, a woodpecker, and the slap of the beaver’s tail on the water. Savor the goodness of wild blueberries. Splash in the cool refreshment of a bubbling stream. Delight in the slippery ooze of mud between your toes after a ride down the mud slide. Discover the unfamiliar as you see, hear, smell, touch and taste the ever-present wonders of God’s creation.