Pasco News

PACK summer camp provides plenty of memories

NEW PORT RICHEY - PACK founders say their prayers have been answered in spades this year.The 2013 PACK summer camp had teetered on the brink of cancellation the past several years because of scarcity of funds.Barry and Paula Cohen, founders of Pasco Association for Challenged Kids, didn't want to disappoint the youngsters with severe afflictions. The youths often have nowhere else to go in the summer because of the specialized care.Genesis School once again provided its River Road campus rent-free for the 28 PACK campers. State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, delivered the good news about state funding for $36,000 toward the recently concluded three-week camp. PACK must hire lots of staff members with highly specialized training.Among highlights at the 2013 camp was a bowling field trip to Lane Glo South, Barry Cohen said. Red Apple School loaned its buses to ferry the PACK participants to the site.Sheriff Chris Nocco chatted with youngsters one day.State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, also visited the PACK camp as he stressed quality of life in West Pasco.A magic show, balloon art and Tarpon Springs Aquarium show entertained the campers as well.Contact PACK at or (727) 372-9516. Or go online to 815-1068