Camp Cadet is a week-long summer camp for youth ages 12-15 years old from Berks, Lebanon, and Schuylkill counties. This program focuses on the importance of integrity, respect, teamwork, discipline, and education on different types of law enforcement. Camp Cadet provides a positive growth experience within the framework of a "mini police academy" structure.
Throughout the week campers compete in challenges that require them to work together in teams while practicing problem solving skills and communication. Other activities include horseback riding/handling, shooting, scuba diving, sports, drill instruction, physical activity, along with presentations and demonstrations from local law enforcement.
Importance of Camp Cadet
Investing in the future
We value the importance of building our youth to have respect for themselves and others.
Building positive relationships with law enforcement
We organize a variety of presentations that expose campers to different types of law enforcement groups that they could one day be a part of.
Creating first-time experiences
We understand every camper comes from a different background. We aim to help build theirconfidence in hopes they make friends along the way.
Meet some of the staff who help us transform lives
Every member of our staff are some form of law enforcement, first responders, and prior or active military. It is our main priority to maintain your child's safety during the week of camp. All camp activities are supervised by a counseling
staff. Senior Counselors reside at the camp with the cadets.
Many of our senior counselors have gone through Camp Cadet at some point in their life.
Upon completion of Camp Cadet, campers have the option to come back and serve as 'junior counselors' and assist the senior counselors in ensuring the safety of your child.
See what parents and volunteers have to say
"Fantastic job and sacrifices by all those who make this possible for these future young men and women."
- Paul Martin Jr.
"This is such a great opportunity for the youth. It was great seeing how much each and every one grew as an individual from the day of drop off until closing ceremonies."
- Sara Collucci
"This camp has been an invaluable experience for my son and has contributed greatly to his self confidence, sense of camaraderie, and leadership potential."
- Nerine Julian
"What an amazing experience my son Darren had! He made so many friends and had a wonderful time!"
- Michael Demos
"Camp Cadet ignited the embers of patriotism and service my family created and turned them into flames."
- Jonathan Tranquillo
"My daughter had a great time, I would highly recommend for your teen."
- Keila Sebia
2023 CampDates: 12-19 August
Applications can be found below
We are taking applications between 1 April-31 May
Interested applicants must be between the ages of 12-15 who have not previously attended camp.
Interested applicants must reside in either Berks, Lebanon, or Schuylkill counties.
The number of campers selected for camp will be determined on space available each year.
Applications must be sent along with a $10 application fee to: Camp Cadet P.O. Box 6845 Wyomissing, PA 19610
Applicants who are accepted into camp will be called in for an acceptance interview.
Registration is a $200.00 non-refundable fee, payable when accepted for camp at the interview. Amount is subject to change.
Application for Camp
Junior Counselors are referred to as "JC's" and are campers who assist the senior counselors in ensuring the safety of your child.
JC's are members who have previously attended camp and are assigned to a squad for the duration of the week.
The number of JC's selected for camp depends on the number of campers selected each year.
Interested applicants must fill out the Junior Counselor Application, along with a photo of themselves, their last report card and mail it to the address: Director, Camp Cadet, 600 Kenhorst Boulevard, Reading, PA 19611
Applications must be received before 31 May 2023, there will also be a $150 fee.
Some responsibilities of the JC's include:
Being the example for campers
Showing campers the importance of core values
Assisting in the set-up/tear down of camp activities
Ensuring the safety of campers to and from activities.
Assisting the campers in perfecting drill movements in preparation for graduation.
Reporting any safety issues or foul behavior from campers.
Being the bridge of communication between campers and senior counselors.