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Our mission statement

The Camp Cadet Program of Lancaster County, Inc. exists to instruct the youth of the community in its functions of law enforcement and to provide positive working relationships between police officers, youth, and the community in which they live and work together.

Camp Cadet of Lancaster County

Camp Director - Trooper James Spencer


Camp cadet's history


Cadet of Lancaster County is one of approximately twenty six Camp Cadet programs across the State of Pennsylvania.  The first Camp Cadet Program was initiated in 1970 by three State Troopers from Troop K Butler on the premise that something further should be attempted on behalf of the young persons in our Commonwealth.  At that time Troopers experience with the youth consisted of school presentations and juvenile arrests.  

The Camp Cadet Program was designed to expose young people to the elements needed to allow for an orderly and law-abiding society. The camp helped develop qualities of discipline and self-esteem. The Cadets learned that what they did made a difference not only in their own lives but also in the lives of those living in the community. Today the Camp Cadet Program has expanded throughout our State.  There are approximately 26 individual nonprofit Camp Cadet organizations, each governed by a civilian Board of Directors and created for the purpose of sponsoring camps for children. Each Camp Cadet is incorporated in accordance with Pennsylvania Law and has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. Each camp receives no State or Federal monetary support and survives solely on the funds generated through promotional activities and private contributions. Each camp operates independently in accordance with their respective bylaws and determines the number of "Cadets" who can be accommodated in each camp year. Camp Cadet of Lancaster County remains one of the few Camp Cadet programs that are FREE for the campers. It is with the hard work and dedication of our Board of Director's fundraising efforts that makes this possible.

What is Camp Cadet?


Camp Cadet of Lancaster County is a fun and unique, overnight summer camp for kids between the ages of 11 to 13 who live in Lancaster County.


     The goal of Camp Cadet of Lancaster County is to introduce participants to the diverse criminal justice system and establish a positive relationship with law enforcement personnel. Our camp provides kids with an understanding of law enforcement activities while living in an atmosphere similar to an actual State Police Academy. At Camp Cadet of Lancaster County emphasis is placed on teaching cadets teamwork and the benefits of making good decisions as well as respect for authority.

     Camp Cadet of Lancaster County is facilitated by Troopers from the Pennsylvania State Police Troop J Lancaster Barracks. Troopers and officers from area police departments volunteer to serve as camp counselors during this fun filled week.

     Camp Cadet of Lancaster County is a non-profit organization governed by a civilian board of directors. Camp Cadet of Lancaster County is a FREE summer camp for all participants. Camp is funded entirely through corporate and individual donations.