The Pennsylvania State Police and the Kiwanis Club of Erie will hold their annual Camp Cadet for youths between the ages of 13 and 16 at Allegheny College on Sunday, June 15, through Friday, June 20.
One hundred cadets, 50 males and 50 females, will be selected to attend. While at camp the cadets will experience numerous activities and events which are geared toward building self-esteem, self-discipline and new friendships.
The cadets at the camp will be there for 24 hours a day, learning military courtesy and listening to presentations on internet safety, crash reconstruction and clandestine laboratories, among other subjects, according to Trooper Stephen Oler, Community Services officer for Troop E in Erie.
They will also conduct a marching exercise to be presented to their families during Friday's graduation ceremony.
During the week some of the activities include demonstrations by various law enforcement agencies, PA State Police Special Enforcement Response Team (SERT) and the Pennsylvania State Police Helicopter, according to a brochure promoting the camp.
Oler said the Cadets will learn how to run radar for speed enforcement, conduct a building search for bad guys and take a tour of the North West Training Center where they will learn some self defense.
In the evenings, time will be allotted for activities that promote good sportsmanship and platoon competition.
Oler said, "The cadets will be staying in the dorms at the college, and meals are served at the cafeteria on campus. The food is very good!"
There is no cost for this camp but cadets chosen to attend will be required to participate in a fundraiser. We have each cadet sell $100.00 worth of Pizza Hut Coupons.
Oler said, "The tickets sell for $5.00 each and the purchaser gets a pan pizza. They sell easy. If for some reason a cadet can't sell the tickets we don't require them to. We give the coupons to their parents at the parent-cadet meeting which we have before camp."
The camp is designed to bring a better understanding of law enforcement and other community agencies to the youth who live in Erie, Warren, Crawford and Venango counties.
Interested boys and girls must submit their applications no later than April 30. The camp is open to only 50 boys and 50 girls. Applicants will be picked in a fair and random manner. If your name is selected, you will be required to attend an interview with a parent or guardian, where the camp will be explained and all questions will be answered.
For more information, contact Trooper Steve Oler, Pennsylvania State Police Community Services officer in Erie at 814-898-1641.