The Lycoming County Police Camp Cadet program is seeking applicants for its camp that will be held June 15 through 20 at the Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport.
A total of 100 cadets will be selected to participate in the camp, following an application and interview process.
Camp Cadet provides a police academy type of atmosphere for attendees and focuses on self-discipline.
Members of Charile Company stand at attention during Camp Cadet at Little League last year.
It is designed to create an understanding between the youth of Lycoming County and its police officers and develop friendships between the cadets and the officers, state troopers, the district attorney, sheriffs and other members of the law enforcement community.
The camp has become so popular in past years that many times there have been more applicants than can be accepted into the program. Hopeful cadets who were unable to attend camp last year due to lack of space are encouraged to apply again this year and will be given first consideration into the program.
A few of the activities that cadets will have the chance to participate in include crime scene processing, BMX bike riding, archery and swimming.
Camp representatives are presenting the program to students in local schools and providing the students with information about the program and applications, which also can be attained online at www.lyco.org/electedofficials/sheriff/campcadet.aspx.
"We all look forward to the beginning of Camp each year, but the change in the cadets by the end of camp from their apprehension of what they got into in the beginning to one of enjoying what they've accomplished after graduation is what brings the most satisfaction to us as counselors," said Tim Nelson, camp director.
Camp is open to any 12 or 13 year old girl or boy who lives or attends school in Lycoming County and is in good physical condition. Applications must be completed and received on or before April 2 and interviews will take place between 1 and 3 p.m. April 5 at the Little League World Series complex.
Nelson said the mission of Camp Cadet is for the cadets to leave with a better understanding of law enforcement and that police officers not only provide protection, but also help them make good decisions in their life.
"And maybe through our presenters throughout Camp, they get interested in something they'd like to do as a profession when they get older," Nelson said.
For more information about Camp Cadet, contact Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org, R. Mark Lusk at 570-327-2280 or visit www.lyco.org/electedofficials/sheriff/campcadet.aspx.