Created by the Pennsylvania State Police in 1970, Camp Cadet provides a free, weeklong overnight experience for kids from 11 to 13, a program that combines fun and character-building.
Last week, 93 cadets graduated from Chester County's Camp Cadet, which was held at Camp Sankanac in East Vincent Township and staffed by state police.
""We intend for our camp to be fun, but at the same time, we have a great deal of structure, discipline, and physical activity," said Trooper Corey Monthei, a state police spokesman and the camp director. "The kids work very hard throughout the week, and it's our hope that they have a sense of accomplishment on graduation day."
According to the state police website, the action-packed camp was designed as a way to promote good relations between police and young people. While living in an atmosphere similar to the State Police Academy, participants engage in exercises to boost self-discipline, confidence, and self-esteem. Activities expose campers to forensics and finger-printing, radar, K-9 operations, drug and alcohol awareness, water safety, rescue operations, bullying prevention, and personal conflict resolution.
"I couldn't be prouder of this group and their accomplishments," said Monthei. "I believe the counselors and cadets have grown, and are better people because of the time we've spent together in this program."