Camp Information

Helpful information to consider when applying…

As part of the application process, the Assistant Director will interview each new applicant in-person to determine whether Bournelyf Special Camp can meet the applicant’s needs. Each new camper and their family will be required to attend one of the “Open House” dates for the new camper interview (dates and times of Open Houses can be found on our events calendar, which can be found under the Programs & Camp Calendar tab). The interview provides the new camper and their family an opportunity to tour the facilities and get a better idea of what a typical camp day is like, as well as determine if Camp would be a good fit for both parties.

Bournelyf offers a 4:1 camper/staff ratio. We are unable to accept campers who require more extensive supervision, have had incidents of physical aggression and or are not toilet-trained. In special situations or under certain circumstances, consideration can be given on a case-by-case situation, if a camper is able to attend with a one-on-one support staff (provided by the camper’s family). We are also unable to accept campers who are not toilet trained with regards to the personal hygiene aspect of toileting.

Camp for All Ages

Expedition (ages 18-25)

Trailblazers (ages 8 - 17)

Swim Camp

Alumni Camp (age 26 and older)

  • Alumni Week
  • Day Camp

General Information

Each Camp program offers a different focus for its corresponding age group, however all programs share several core schedule components. Every day, each program will begin with Morning Circle where campers get to showcase their latest dance moves, sing, share announcements or just wave hello, whatever they are comfortable doing! Additionally every program will have one hour in the pool each day; 20 minutes will be devoted to swim instruction and the remaining time “free swim”. Campers bring their own lunch to Camp, preferably one that does not require a microwave. as we are not always on campus for lunch. Camp provides water, lemonade and a snack at the end of the day (if time permits). Camp operates Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with an extended “Evening Activity” typically during the second week of each session. During the Mini Session, the Evening Activity will most likely be on a Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the activity. In the past such activities have included a movie matinee and dinner, a trip to a minor league baseball game, and for one session, starring in the Camp Show. During each “Evening Activity” the camp day is extended, and Camp provides dinner. Pick up times vary, but are usually between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Specifics on dates and times are given on session calendars provided to campers at the beginning of each session.

For those campers who attend with a one-on-one (TSS/PCA), it is important for parents to take into consideration that the Evening Activity equates to more hours required of the TSS/PCA, and therefore it is essential that those additional hours are planned ahead of time via their treatment plan.

Examine details of each program through the links on this page. For more information about applying for any of these programs, go to the Application Information page.

Tuition/Fees/Late Charges

You can now pay tuition online with PayPal! Simply follow this link, and enter the amount of the tuition for your particular programs.

The tuition fee covers a portion of actual program expenses, which include supplies, snacks, beverages, and swimming instruction in addition to costs related to the focus activity. About UsPayment is due 21 days before the start of each session, unless prior arrangements are made.

There is a non-refundable registration fee which is due upon completion/submission of the application and which must be included upon submitting the camper application. No application will be processed unless this fee is received with the application. We are happy to provide a receipt, upon request, if you wish to pursue reimbursement from a 3rd party.

An additional fee of $15 is due at the beginning of each session for any camper who attends with a PCA or TSS (one-on-one support person) in order to cover the costs of them attending off-campus activities.


Cancellation 2 weeks before the first day of the session in which your child enrolled results in a refund of 50% of tuition already paid. Cancellation one week before the first day of the session results in a refund of 25% of tuition.

There are no refunds for cancellation within 7 days of the first day of the Camp session. There are no refunds in tuition for voluntary withdrawal during any camp session, for late arrivals or early departures, or for campers who are asked to withdraw for behavior reasons. Exceptions to this policy may be made only by the Executive Director of the Camp, at their discretion. If you wish to return after withdrawing your child, space is not guaranteed.


We reserve the right to suspend or dismiss a camper in our sole discretion for harmful or disruptive behavior (subject to applicable regulatory requirements) if we do not have adequate expertise or resources for the child’s needs, for violation of Camp policies or any other reason we determine to be in the best interest of the Camp. Suspension or dismissal may be with or without notice.


The Camp encourages car-pooling whenever possible, otherwise families of campers are responsible for transporting their campers to and from Camp every day. Any transportation provided to camper via school district, Rover, etc. is the responsibility of the Camper’s family to coordinate. Please keep in mind that campers are to arrive between 8:45-9:00 A.M. Staff members have responsibilities prior to the start of the Camp day and will not be available to supervise campers prior to that time.

Tuition Assistance

Bournelyf recognizes that individual circumstances differ. Each year we are able to make some additional funding available for campers who otherwise might not be able to participate in the Camp’s programs due to financial hardship. If tuition assistance is desired, please complete a Tuition Assistance form (found under “Application forms” on the website or send an email requesting a form) and return it as soon as possible. The director or assistant director will then contact you to discuss your situation. You may also wish to contact your County MH/IDD or school district to determine whether they have monies available to assist your camper. We advise you to apply promptly, however, please make sure to indicate whether your camper’s participation is dependent on county or school district support on the application. Please DO NOT apply for Tuition Assistance if you are relying on a 3rd party to pay the tuition. Tuition Assistance is for families paying tuition out of pocket.

Questions? Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns as you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone (610-692-9027) or by email through linking here