2011-06-02 / Front Page

Camp Cadet Begins Sunday

Mercersburg Police Chief John Zechman to give commencement address
By Jean Snyder

Fulton County Camp Cadet Association’s 17th annual Camp Cadet class members will report to the Sinoquipe Scout Reservation, located near Fort Littleton, on Sunday, June 5.

Thirty cadets, 16 males and 14 females, between the ages of 12- 15 have been selected from the county’s three school districts and will report for the weeklong camping session sponsored jointly by the Pennsylvania State Police at the McConnellsburg station and by the county’s social services agencies. Six senior cadets from previous graduating classes have also been chosen as mentors for the incoming cadets.

This year’s activities will culminate on Friday evening, June 10, with a lakeside graduation ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. The graduation address will be delivered by Mercersburg Police Chief John Zechman, who is also a retired Pennsylvania State Police sergeant.

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

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

This year, 15 students from Southern Fulton, four from Forbes Road and 11 from Central Fulton have been chosen to participate.

The cadets (with their resident school district in parentheses) will report to the following squads on Sunday:

 Blue Squad (with squad leaders Trooper Joe Horton, Brent Pistner and Beth Bryant):

Christopher “Nathan” Marry (CF), Sterling Bard (SF), Cody Hege (CF), Austin Schriever (SF), Stephen Blankley (SF), Skyler Dick (CF), Abigail Newell (CF), Dakota Cowgill (SF), Destiny Kline (SF) and Olivia Hall (FR). Senior cadets for the Blue Squad are Connor Johnson (CF) and Breanna Worthing (FR).

 Green Squad (with squad leaders, Cpl. William Baker, Christine McQuade and Lori Lupey):

Isaac Sain (CF), Zack DeShong (CF), Matthew Swope Jr. (SF), Raymond Hyatt (SF), Zachary Sigel (SF), Linsey Pryor (SF), Wilhemina “Mina” Wilt (FR), Emily Howell (FR), Savannah Kerlin (CF) and Shaelyn Wawro (SF). Senior cadets for the Green Squad are Nicholas Keller (FR) and Alexandra Treml (CF).

 Red Squad (with squad leaders Trooper Roger Sheffield, Ann Sheffield and Trooper Jeff Remeikas):

Jacob Arentz (SF), David Maldonado Jr. (FR), Dylan Keirsey (SF), Billy Crowder (CF), Colton Ashkettle (SF), Ashley Bard (SF), Justice Seville (CF), Latoya Christopher (CF), Destini Swisher (SF) and Leanne Simpkins (CF). Senior cadets for the Red Squad are Cheyenne Burger (FR) and Arica Carbaugh (FR).

This year’s camping activities will include programs by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) K-9 Unit, the PSP Mounted Unit, primitive Indian folklore, 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. Water activities will be held and the always-popular triathlon will take place again this year from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday. It will be followed by a dance for the cadets 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.

Randy Clever serves as the camp director. Camp Cadet is sponsored by the Fulton County Camp Cadet Association, whose officers include: Cpl. William Baker, president; Randy Clever, vice president; Christine Mc- Quade, secretary; and Brent Pistner, treasurer. Directors include Donald Eisaman, Judy Eisaman, Trooper Jeff Remeikas, Trooper Joe Horton, Beth Bryant, Jack Rhodes, Lori Lupey, Carole McCarty and Nancy Younker.

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