Camp Hanover: A Place Apart…

“Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20

There is a growing need for personal connection in today's world. In an age of cell phones, email and social networks, we are in touch with more people than ever but have fewer significant face-to-face relationships with others.

In a society where we rush from one engagement to another, we rarely pause to smell the earth, soak in its colors, or feel the grass beneath our feet.

In a culture of efficiency and multi tasking, we check off urgent matters from our “to-do list” and often miss the most important things, like relationships… Relationships with others, with God, and with Creation.

Camp Hanover offers that opportunity to rekindle these relationships in a sacred space for renewal and growth.

What We Do…

Our mission is to provide a place apart for renewal and growth in an environment of Christian hospitality. To these ends, Camp Hanover provides opportunities for meaningful fellowship, learning, service and growth through programs, facilities and outreach.

Camp Hanover is…

A Summer Camp where youth in elementary, middle and high school experience an atmosphere of caring and acceptance at every turn, learning to live, work, play, laugh and worship together in Christian community.

A 600-acre Retreat Center where groups are invited to connect, refresh, renew, and grow, all year long. Guests to Camp Hanover will enjoy comfortable lodging, hearty meals and an atmosphere of radical, uncompromising Christian hospitality.

The outdoor ministry of the Presbytery of the James, a resource churches utilize to enhance and strengthen their local ministry efforts, to nurture and deepen the spiritual lives of their congregations, and to provide members with opportunities to practice their faith through mission service and outreach.

A Little Bit of History…

IIn 1956, 350 Presbyterians with a vision for outdoor ministry gathered at a remote wooded site on the outskirts of Mechanicsville to lay the foundation for a Christian camp in the woods. Their enthusiastic support for that ministry, turned their vision into the reality that is Camp Hanover. Since that time, Camp Hanover has nurtured generations of young people in the Christian faith. Tens of thousands of campers later, Camp Hanover continues its ministry of education, outreach, and faith formation. Camp Hanover is a sacred place for many, a Christ-centered community where people can experience God’s presence in the midst of the God’s creation.

At The Top of Our Game…

4colorWe pride our selves on meeting and exceeding the camping industry’s accepted standards and best practices for safety and program quality for both summer programs and year-round operation. Signaling our commitment to excellence in camping, Camp Hanover is accredited by the American Camp Association. Nationally, only 1 camp in 5 can say that. And get this… we have maintained our accreditation consistently for over 60 years. To learn more about why accreditation is an important consideration when choosing a summer camp and how accreditation standards exceed state licensing regulations, visit the American Camp Association website.