Meet the Founders
Founder of P.A.C.K.
"In 22 years of P.A.C.K. Camp, I’ve seen over and over again no matter what a child’s disability is, having FUN is what’s important. And P.A.C.K. Camp allows them to do just that!"
Founder of P.A.C.K.
"Everyone should do something to help a special needs child! They deserve the same opportunities as everyone else! Making a donation
to P.A.C.K. is one great way of helping!"
Son of Barry and Paula
"My mom and dad started P.A.C.K. for me 22 years ago. I’m glad so many kids have come to camp and had a great time! P.S. When am I going to McDonald’s?"
P.A.C.K. (Pasco Association for Challenged Kids, Inc.) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing services for disabled children in Pasco County, Florida.
P.A.C.K. was formed in 1997 by Paula and Barry Cohen, parents of an autistic child. Frustrated that every summer, Pasco County children with disabilities - unable to attend regular summer programs- had no programs available. After summer school was over, the kids had no opportunity to get out of the house, be away from their families and have the chance to have fun and socialize.
Paula and Barry, working with then State Representative Mike Fasano, formed P.A.C.K. to provide a summer camp experience where kids could have fun and be cared for by trained, qualified staff. The first camp was in 1997 and we are still going strong after 22 years! Thanks to Mike Fasano for all his help over the years, and now thanks to Senator Wilton Simpson for his continued support every year!
P.A.C.K. is the only summer program in Pasco County that takes children with ALL types of disabilities. Parents pay a small registration and supply fee. It is funded by state funding, private donations, and registration fees. Parents can enroll their children confident in the knowledge that they will have the opportunity to learn, socialize and have fun while being cared for by trained, qualified staff.