About 70 young men and women are attending Camp Cadet at Allegheny College this week to learn about law enforcement training.
Matt Mathias was live in the studio with more training info.
Teens ages 14-16 receive instruction in walking drills, taser use, traffic stops, radar use, building searches, K9 dogs and more.
Camp Cadet, in its 48th year, is said to be building character and instilling a sense of discipline and respect in those present.
Adjusting to this new way of life was difficult for these young men and women.
“This camp has been a long week, it’s been long and tough, but it’s been great. I really like it here. We got up really early in the morning, we never know what we’re going to do next and pushed ourselves to our limits, but we still end up having fun,” said Cadet Lucy Harrison.
Some cadets have come to camp with an interest in this career. Being here only solidifies their goals for the future.
“Coming to this camp this week, I had a lot of fun. It really made me see what I want to do for the future,” said Trevor McClung, caddy.
Every morning, they undergo intense physical training and perform flag-raising protocols.
Each evening, the cadets participate in competitive field games including push-ups, sit-ups, obstacle course events and ball games.
Cadets have no phones or devices to avoid distractions which, combined with physical training, can make adaptation difficult.
The week starts off rough for the children present, but at the end of the week the program organizer says the children don’t want to go home.
“We start the week maybe a little harder with them. Then as the week progresses, they gain a little bit of extra privileges, a little bit of extra freedom, and they start to really understand how this program works and they really get into it. It was great. Last night we even heard cadets saying they didn’t want to go home,” said Michelle McGee, State Trooper.
The cadets graduate from the week-long program Friday in front of their families at 6 p.m. as they perform exercises they have been practicing for the past few days.