Seventy-eight kids, ages 12 to 15 years of age, participated in the 32nd year of the Troop R Camp Cadet Program. The camp ran from July 21-26.
Camp Cadet is a summer camp for boys and girls from Pennsylvania between the ages of 12 to 15. The camp is held at Marywood University and staffed by Troopers, local police officers and many other volunteers.
Seven students from Susquehanna County were selected to attend this year. Three out of the five award recipients at graduation were from Susquehanna County.
The top female fitness award went to Carissa Flynn of Mountain View. The top scores on the firing range were Hayley Pompey and Jesse Rogers, both of Montrose Area.
The goal of Camp Cadet is to introduce participants to the diverse criminal justice system and establish a positive relationship with law enforcement personnel. Camp Cadet is open to all youth and is structured similar to training at the police academy.
All participants who attend Camp Cadet are addressed as “Cadet” during the week. Cadets are required to participate in all scheduled events. The camp focuses on discipline, self-esteem, teamwork, drug and alcohol education, violence prevention and many other issues facing today’s youth.
Camp Cadet is a non-profit organization. Meals, lodging and programs are provided at no cost to the applicant. The Camp is funded by various fund raisers and business and community donations.
Applications for next year’s Camp Cadet become available online in January 2020 and kids can apply till April 2020. Two hundred fifty applicants applied this past year for 80 spots. Applications and information can be found in the guidance office of every school and on the Troop R Camp Cadet Facebook page.