Special Needs Network, Inc.

Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC)


Every summer, hundreds of special needs children and their siblings come to Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC) – a safe, fun, nurturing haven on a beautifully secluded campus North of LAX. This unique camp experience includes a full academic enrichment program, sports, and art. Our campers enjoy swimming, football, soccer, kickball, bowling, drama, music, dance, ceramics, and other art instruction. In previous years, special treats have included: a trip to the California Science Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the new Dinosaur Hall in the Natural History Museum; a basketball training camp provided by the Los Angeles Sparks; history lessons from the “American Promise”, presented by Farmers Insurance; and a state-of-the-art robotics program designed by the University of Southern California professors.


With an impressive 3 to 1 adult to student ratio, Camp JPAC is the only free summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for special needs children and their siblings.  The camp provides hundreds of children and young teens (ages 5 to 16), both typically-developing and developmentally disabled, with a full-day summer enrichment program that includes a STEAM academic program, sports, field trips, and hot lunches and snacks.  




+ Math and Reading

Science and Technology

+ Dance

+ Music

+ Social Skills

+ Arts and Crafts

+ Field Trips

+ Sports


+ Games

+ Talent Show

+ Special Guest Instructors

…and much more!


How to Apply


For Priority Application, simply attend this year’s Tools for Transformation Conference. Find the Special Needs Network Booth and our staff will place your name on the Priority Application list. Priority Applicants will receive the application for Camp JPAC one week before the general public which provides more opportunity to secure one of the limited openings for their child.


Application for this year’s Camp JPAC will begin in April.


*Please note that due to limited space and high demand, submission of an application does not guarantee a spot at Camp JPAC. Admission will be granted based on availability and need.