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Pennsylvania State Police kick off Camp Cadet

SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) --  Summertime and camps for kids go hand in hand. There is one underway right now in Luzerne county... But it's not your average camp.

It's run by the Pennsylvania state police. As the i-team's Andy Mehalshick shows us-- this camp is aimed at helping young teens move into the future with confidence.

Camp cadet is not for the faint of heart..so say the state troopers who will put these young people through the paces over the next week on the campus of Penn State Hazleton.

"These young men and women signed up to challenge themselves to find something about themselves about digging deep about not accepting failure and pushing through that," Trooper David Peters of Troop N, Hazleton said.

Some of this is the same training that state troopers undergo..including the safe handling  and firing of weapons..in this drill they are shooting at targets with  paintball guns and shotguns loaded with bean bags...

They get a heavy dose of physical fitness  training..and drilling...The underlying goal is discipline..being focused on a mission.

"Hopefully they come to believe they can do anything because they can if they want to put the work in, they take steps back and keep moving forward. They can accomplish anything they want to in life," Trooper Peters said.

The cadets range from 12 to 14 years of age..

"I was hoping to get more of what it would be like if i wanted to do military in the future and just for the experience," James Dillosi of Stillwater said.

"I want to be a state trooper. First i want to go in the marines. I thought this would be a good start to come here," Tanner Mattern of Bloomsburg said.

State troopers say they want these cadets to  learn how to build relationships and the value of team work...Both of which will help them face challenges later in life.

State troopers say that on average about 25 percent of the young people who attend camp cadet enter law enforcement or the military. There are other "camp cadets" happening around our region - just reach out to your local state police barrack to find one near you.
 


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