PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A Pasco County summer camp for kids with disabilities is celebrating its 26th year.
PACK Camp, the Pasco Association for Challenged Kids, takes in campers that other summer camps won’t.
This year they’re working with 42 campers, one of their biggest camps yet.
Paula and Barry Cohen started PACK 26 years ago for their son, Gregory.
He has autism and he couldn’t get into other summer camps back then.
So PACK was born. 26 years later, the staff is keeping it going.
Campers of all ages and disabilities are welcome to come have some fun for a few weeks.
“They need to have fun, too,” Paula Cohen said.
One of my fav stories to cover every year is PACK Camp! PACK takes in kids with disabilities that other camps don't. They're now in their 26th year in Pasco County. I even got a souvenir :) @BN9 pic.twitter.com/LyYlVNrF81— Tim Wronka (@TimWronka) July 6, 2023
Thanks to some annual state funding and donations, PACK is able to keep the fees low for parents.
But Paula says the need for this kind of camp only seems to be growing.
“I’m really proud of what Barry and I do and our staff do, which is awesome. I just wish that with Pasco being such a huge county, and so developed, that there were more choices for the kids,” Paula said.
PACK is a nonprofit that relies on donations to help as many campers as they can.
For more information, visit the PACK Camp website.