State police, American Legion to host teen camp

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Police and Pennsylvania Amer­ican Legion are seeking applicants for “State Police Youth Week,” a summer leadership camp designed for teenagers interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military.

“The goal of State Police Youth Week is to build strong relationships between Pennsylvania’s youth and the first responder community,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “Our hope is that in addition to that, some of these teens will develop a passion for law enforcement and public safety, and one day enlist in our state police or National Guard ranks.”

The weeklong camp is staffed by members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Army National Guard and American Legion. During the camp, cadets take part in team-building exercises, physical fitness training, classroom activities involving police and military careers and a marksmanship course. Cadets also will visit the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey and Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in Lebanon County.

The camp will be held from June 11-17 at York College, York.

Boys and girls interested in applying for the camp must be between the ages of 15 and 17 prior to entering the camp and not reach the age of 18 during the camp. Students who have previously attended the camp as a cadet are not eligible to apply again.

Applicants are expected to have a good academic record and be in good health.

For application information, visit www.pa-legion.com and click on the “Programs” link or call the Pennsylvania Amer­ican Legion Headquarters at 717-730-9100.

In addition to State Police Youth Week, regional Camp Cadet programs are also hosted by state police personnel. The weeklong Camp Cadet programs are for boys and girls ages 11-15. In 2016, 1,700 kids graduated from 22 Camp Cadet programs statewide. To inquire about the availability of a Camp Cadet, contact the local state police barracks.

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