2010-04-01 / Front Page

Camp Cadet Set For June 6-11

Presentations now being held in county schools
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. William Baker explains the benefits of Camp Cadet to McConnellsburg Middle and High School students. Camp Cadet kicks off Sunday, June 6. Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. William Baker explains the benefits of Camp Cadet to McConnellsburg Middle and High School students. Camp Cadet kicks off Sunday, June 6. Fulton County Camp Cadet Association’s 16th annual Camp Cadet will be held June 6-11 at Camp Sinoquipe, located near Fort Littleton.

The camp can serve 40 cadets, 20 males and 20 females, between the ages of 12-15, and presentations to local schools are being made now by the Pennsylvania State Police. The cadets will be chosen from the applications received following a personal interview at the police station.

The weeklong camping session is sponsored jointly by the Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg station and by the county’s social services agencies and schools. Four senior cadets from previous graduating classes will also be chosen as mentors for the incoming cadets.

The camping activities will culminate on Friday evening, June 11, with a lakeside graduation ceremony to be held at 6:00 p.m. This year’s graduation speaker will be announced at a later date.

The public is invited to attend Friday evening’s graduation ceremonies.

Campers will spend the week in four squads of 10 campers each. Squad leaders will be Pennsylvania State Police officers and representatives from local social services agencies.

This year’s camping activities will include programs by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) K-9 unit, the PSP Mounted Unit, primitive Indian folklore, snake handling, presentations by the Game Commission, the Army National Guard helicopter, FBI, the county fire companies and a program on stream studies. The youths will also be given instruction on the shooting range and on the newly constructed obstacle course. Water activities will also be held. The alwayspopular triathlon will be held again this year from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday and a dance for the cadets will also be held again on Thursday evening.

Camp Cadet is a “disciplined” military style boot camp held each year in Fulton County. All students between the ages of 12-15 are invited to apply. All staff is volunteer and the camping experience is free to the campers each year. Funds to operate the camp are solicited through fundraisers by the association.

The Fulton County Camp Cadet Association’s board of directors includes Cpl. William Baker, president; Randy Clever, vice president; Christine McQuade, secretary; Lori Lupey, treasurer; and board members Jack Rhodes, Don Eisaman, Brent Pistner, Judy Eisaman, Nancy Younker, Diane Younker, Trooper Jeff Remeikas and Trooper Joe Horton.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 5, and may be picked up either during the school presentations, at the Pennsylvania State Police, McConnellsburg station, or at Fulton County Services for Children.

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