Bournelyf Special Camp


Bournelyf Special Camp (pronounced “born-a-leaf”) was founded in 1980 as a service project of the Church of the Loving Shepherd, a congregation welcoming people of all religious backgrounds, and one of its congregants, Jim Scanlon. In 1989 the camp was incorporated as a Pennsylvania nonprofit organization with its own Board of Directors and by-laws, drawing parents and community members to the board in order to support the broadening of its programs and to expand the camp’s ability to serve the community.

Bournelyf Special Camp is a summer educational and recreational day camp in West Chester, PA, for youths with intellectual disabilities and related disabilities. We promote the development of each camper’s potential through participation in an exciting variety of challenging outdoor activities.

Three different summer day-camp programs are offered to individuals with special needs, ages 8 and up. Our Trailblazers program is offered to campers ages 8-17 years of age, the Expedition program for ages 18- 25 and Alumni programs ages 26 and up; we are proud to be able to say that no camper will ever "age out" of Bournelyf. All programs are geared toward individuals classified in the mild to moderate range of the intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as individuals with mild physical disabilities.

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about who we are and what we do. Read more about what Bournelyf is, check out our many programs and events, and enjoy the testimonials from campers and parents.

If you live in the greater Chester County area of southeastern Pennsylvania and are interested in Bournelyf Special Camp, either for a child you know or for opportunities to give your support, please contact us and let us know how we can help.


Bournelyf Special Camp is the only summer day camp of its kind in Chester County, Pennsylvania, providing outdoor recreational activities for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities ages 8 and up.

The mission of the Camp is to develop participants’ abilities by helping them build confidence, improve social and communication skills, and become more physically fit through challenging, but achievable physical activities and by interaction with others.

Bournelyf, the home of the Church of the Loving Shepherd, continues to offer campers a beautiful site, with twenty acres of fields; a handicapped-accessible, Olympic-sized swimming pool; a nearby pond and woods; and indoor recreational space.

Many Thanks to our Sponsors