HISTORY: Camp Cadet was formed in 1970 by Trooper Albert R. Vish, of the Pennsylvania State Police. Through his untiring efforts, this program became a reality. For twenty seven years, his idea has provided the inspiration for the establishment of other Camp Cadet Programs across Pennsylvania. The program was originally called the "Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet" and funding was provided by the community to the Pennsylvania State Police. Since 1970, Camp Cadet programs have been established in approximately 30 other counties in Pennsylvania. In 1991, Clinton County police officers, after two years of planning, hosted its first ever Camp Cadet program. Since it's startup the program has graduated over 1300 boys and girls making the Clinton County Police Camp Cadet Program a success for all that have been involved, especially the children who attended.
THE MISSION: The program is designed to bring a better understanding between the youth of Clinton County and its law enforcement officials. The goal of Camp Cadet is to provide an enjoyable experience that will remembered by all Cadets who attend, and to create that lasting impression that police officers are their friends.
Camp Cadet provides a six day experience for boys and girls between the ages of 11 though 14. They are exposed to law enforcement activities, and provided with an opportunity to get to know police officers on a personal basis. The program is held at Lock Haven University's Seig Conference Center, a setting that provides plenty of outdoor activities. Cadets have an opportunity for competitive participation in a variety of sports. The camp also provides the atmosphere of a Police Academy. Emphasis is placed on self discipline, in an effort to encourage some form of regimentation in the personal lives of the Cadets.
FUNDING: Original funding was acquired through a donation from the Clinton County Law Enforcement Association, Inc. The future of the program will depend on donations from other groups and businesses as well as local government. The Clinton County Law Enforcement Association, Inc. hope that once the people of Clinton County see how the program will benefit the entire community that everyone will get involved and make Camp Cadet as successful here as it is in neighboring counties.
The 2006 budget is $ 16,825.00
STAFF: Members of the camp staff are primarily local, county, and state police officers. Some officers are assigned to the camp for their duty assignments and many use their personal vacation time to keep Camp Cadet operating successfully. Other volunteers are also used to supplement the staff, and these include school teachers, Juvenile Probation officials, personnel from the Clinton County Children and Youth Agency, the Department of Emergency Services, and community members.
CADET QUALIFICATIONS: Camp Cadet is established for boys and girls, ages 11 through 14, who reside in Clinton County, or who attend any Keystone Central School. To keep up with the strenuous daily schedule of events, the applicants should be in good physical condition. These are the only requirements. The Camp Cadet staff encourages all interested young people to apply for this program.
The boys Camp Cadet program is being held on June 11 - 16.
The girls Camp Cadet program is being held on June 18 - 23.
HOW TO APPLY: Applications are available on or after March 1st. They can be obtained at any school, law enforcement agency in Clinton County or on this website. Simply complete the application and return it before May 1st.
Generally, there are not enough spaces available for all applicants. As a result, a Board of Selection must make tough decisions regarding the acceptance of Cadets. Qualified Cadets are generally selected upon the following basis
*Cadets must be between the age of 11 to 14.
* Age - those 14 years old are chosen, as they cannot apply the following year.
* Previous applicants - those who have applied the previous year and who even though qualified, were not selected due to the large number of applicants.
FEES: Those Cadets receiving and appointment to attend are required to pay a registration fee of $20.00. This covers the cost of insurance and is non-refundable. Those demonstrating a need for financial assistance can apply for and request a waiver of the $20.00 registration fee.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Cadets are required to have a physical examination by their own physician. The medical form must be completed by the physician and returned before June 1st. Those needing financial assistance for obtaining a medical examination may also apply for this assistance. If granted, and exam will be provided by a physician selected by the Camp Cadet staff.
TRANSPORTATION: Cadets are responsible for providing their own transportation to Central Mountain Middle School. Cadets must be there by 8:00 a.m. for check in; the bus departs for the LHU Seig Conference Center at 8:30 a.m. Parents will have to pick their cadets up after Graduation on the following Saturday at the Seig Conference Center.
MILITARY DISCIPLINE: This program requires those attending to accept military-style discipline and to participate in events that include:
* Close order drill, marching, personnel and barracks inspection.
GRADUATION: This is the highlight of the Cadet's six day experience, that involves a full military inspection followed by the presentation of awards, trophies, and the issuance of the engraved graduation plaque, and concludes with the traditional "hat toss." Graduation starts at 11 a.m. and Cadets will be dismissed at noon.
CAMP CADET - WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT ?
It's Excitement !
Holding on to your hat as the police chopper lands.
It's Sports !
Softball games, volleyball tournaments, tug of war, relay races.
It's Learning !
That police officers are human beings, what training is involved for police officers, CPR saves lives, drug awareness, fire safety.
It's Demonstrations !
Radar, VASCAR, paramedics, emergency medical services & equipment.
It's Military !
Marching in formation, close order drill, personnel and barrack inspections, reveille and taps, saying "yes sir" and "yes ma'am."
It's Remembering !
Those Indian ghost stories around the
All the friends that you have made. . . especially the police officers.
How much you have learned in just six days.
Standing in formation during graduation . . . as parents watch with pride.
The tears shed as the good-byes are said.
CAMP CADET . . IT'S A "MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE"
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Please Contact : Det. Sgt. Charles Shoemaker - 893-5913
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Det. Sgt. Charles Shoemaker
Lock Haven Police Department
20 East Church St.
Lock Haven, Pa. 17745