At this writing, the 32nd annual Armstrong County Camp Cadet has come to a close. I write today to recognize and commend the efforts of everyone involved in this outstanding program.
Since 1974, Camp Cadet has been operated by the men and women of the Kittanning station of the Pennsylvania State Police and by many dedicated civilian volunteers.
In addition, numerous businesses and community groups have assisted with funding. Because of these efforts, no child has ever been charged for the weeklong camp. The men and women who operate and instruct at the camp do so on a completely voluntary basis.
This year's camp graduated 70 cadets from all parts of the county. Participants learned such skills as safe firearms handling, search-and-rescue techniques and how our legal system works.
We are very fortunate to have this program in our county.
The camp builds self-esteem, teamwork and respect for law enforcement. A well-deserved thank you to Sgt. Steve Ignatz for service as camp director, Liz White for her tireless efforts in raising funds for the camp and to all who dedicate their time and efforts to make Camp Cadet a success.
Scott J. Andreassi