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 earh, soak in it's colors, or feel the grass beneath our feet.

In a culture of efficency 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 those 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 experience and comfortable lodging, hearty meals and an atmoshpere 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 gathered at a remote wooded site on the outskirts of Mechanicsville and laid the foundation for a Christian camp in the woods. Their enthusiastic support for this ministry, turned a dream turned into a reality that is Camp Hanover. Since that time, generations of young people have been nurtured in Christian faith. Tens of thousands of campers later, Camp Hanover continues it’s ministry of education, outreach, and faith formation. Camp Hanover has become a sacred place for many, a Christ-centered community where people can experience God’s presence in real, tangible ways in the beauty of the God’s creation.

At The Top of Our Game…

We 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. Signalling our commitment to excellence in camping, Camp Hanover is accredited by the Amercian Camp Association. Nationally, only 1 camp in 5 can say that. And get this… we have maintained our accreditation consistently for over 50 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.