Camp Cadet was formed in 1976 by Trooper Richard A. Reitz, of the Pennsylvania State Police. Through his and others to follow untiring efforts Camp Cadet has provided the inspiration for the establishment of other Camp Cadet programs across Pennsylvania.
The program was originally called the “Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet”, and run with funding from the community to the Pennsylvania State Police. In 1977, the Lycoming County chapter of the National Conference of Christmas and Jews assumed responsibility for raising funds needed to operate the camp. This organization is now called Lycoming County, Brotherhood County, USA.
The program was restructured in 1979 and is currently operated through the combined efforts of all Law Enforcement agencies in Lycoming County. In 1986, Camp Cadet became a corporation, with the Board of Directors assuming the overall responsibility of the program’s operation.
What are the cadet qualifications?
Camp Cadet is established for boys and girls, ages 12 and 13, who attend any Lycoming County School (public, parochial or home school). This program requires those attending to accept military-style discipline and to participate in events that include: close order drill, marching, personal and barrack inspections.
In addition, cadets are required to have a physical examination by their own physician. The medical form must be completed by a physician and returned prior to the start of camp. The applicant should be able to keep up with the strenuous daily activities applications should be in good physical condition or with an attitude to try. The Camp Cadet Board of Directors encourages all interested young people to apply for this program.
Where is Camp Cadet located?
Camp Cadet is currently held on the grounds of Little League Baseball Headquarters along Route 15 in South Williamsport. The cadets stay in the dorms for the 6 day stay and eat in the cafeteria in “the Grove”. The facilities provide plenty of room and area to conduct all the activities of Camp Cadet.
How do I apply?
Applications will be available each year. They can be obtained through the school guidance counselors’ office or by downloading the application from this site, filling it out, and returning it to the place and date listed on the application. We will also be putting on programs for students in some schools and handing out applications at that time.
If my child wasn’t picked last year, can they apply again this year if they are within the age range?
Yes. Those who had applied the previous year and were not selected because of the large number of applicants will be considered first.
How much does it cost to apply for the Lycoming County Police Camp Cadet?
The cadets receiving an appointment to attend are required to pay a registration fee of $20.00. This covers the cost of insurance and is non-refundable.
What is the process of being selected as a cadet?
Generally we receive more applications than there is space available for the cadets. As a result, it is important to attend the interview date (applicants can be excused with good reason and an alternative interview will be given). Please take note of the interview date for applicants wishing to become Cadets that is on the application. This will occur on a Saturday afternoon in April.
Those 13 years old are chosen, as they cannot apply the following year. Other applicants are chosen until the camp is full. Cadets are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from camp. Arrival time is between 1PM to 3PM on Sunday. Departure follows graduation, which begins at 7PM on Friday.
Cadets are issued an official hat, t-shirt and shorts for wear during the majority of camp activities during the week. Little League provides laundry services so the cadets will have a clean uniform to start each day. Other clothing the cadets need to bring is listed in the acceptance package each cadet receives upon being accepted to camp. (i.e. swimsuits, clothes for PT, rain gear, etc.).