Camp Cadet provides a week-long experience for boys and girls ages 12 through 15. They are exposed to law enforcement activities and are given an opportunity to know police officers on a personal basis. All cadets will develop new friendships and share experiences that will last a lifetime.
Camp Cadet provides an atmosphere of a police academy. Emphasis is placed on leadership skills, team work and building self-esteem and self confidence in the cadets. Camp Cadet is open to boys and girls ages 12 through 15, who reside in Centre County, or who attend any school in the county.
Read on for more details about Camp Cadet.
During the week, cadets have an opportunity to participate in law enforcement demonstrations presented by the Pennsylvania State Police, FBI, officers of the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, and local police, fire and EMS. The program is held at a local camp, in an outdoor setting that permits the cadets to participate in a variety of enjoyable and exciting activities. Every cadet will have the change to participate in activities such as:
Watch the video above for an inside look at all camp activities.
Camp Cadet is open to boys and girls, ages 12 through 15, who reside in Centre County, Pennsylvania, or who attend any school in the county.
To keep up with the strenuous daily schedule of events, applicants should be in good physical condition. Cadets are required to have a physical examination by their own physician and returned prior to camp.
Those who need financial assistance for obtaining the medical exam may apply for assistance. If granted, the exam will be provided by a physician selected by Camp Cadet staff.
Applications are available on or after February 1. They can be obtained at any school, law enforcement agency in Centre County, or on this website. To be considered the application must be completed and returned before the registration period ends.
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Generally, there are not enough spaces available for all applicants. Qualified applicants are generally given preference and selected on the following basis:
Members of the camp staff are primarily officers from law enforcement agencies in Centre County, including the Probation Office and Sheriff's Office. Other staff includes those involved in emergency services (EMT's) or those in the judicial systems (ADA's, MDJ's, etc.)
Volunteers are also used to supplement the staff and may be from the local schools.
Camp is held during two weeks of the summer, Sunday through Saturday. One week is for girls, the other week is for boys.
2016 Camp Dates
Boys' Week: July 31 to August 6, 2016
Girls' Week: August 7 to August 13, 2016
The actual cost of Camp Cadet is $200. We ask that financially capable families consider paying the full amount. Otherwise, there is a $100 minimum donation required to cover the cost of insurance. Need-based scholarships are available; income guidelines will apply.
The camp is located at Camp Blue Diamond located at 4013 Blue Diamond Dr. Petersburg, PA 16669 (appoximately 20 miles Southwest of State College, PA). More information about Camp Blue Diamond is available by clicking here. Cadets are required to provide their own transportation to and from Camp Cadet
Cadets are issued an official Camp Cadet t-shirt to wear for the graduation ceremonies. Business sponsored t-shirts-are provided for Monday - Friday use. Interested business sponsors should contact the State College Police Department at 814-234-7150.