What Is Camp Cadet
In a unique way, the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland County Camp Cadet Association, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police, are striving to help our youth develop a better understanding of the criminal justice system and the role of law enforcement professionals. Through the Camp Cadet program, children (ages 12 to 15) from Westmoreland County form a positive relationship with members of the Pennsylvania State Police and civilian Board Members who serve as counselors.

Many professional organizations volunteer their time to introduce the cadets to community programs and law enforcement services. Among the participating groups are: Greensburg Volunteer Fire Dept./Bloodhound Team, Mutual Aid Ambulance, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Westmoreland County Coroner, and Westmoreland County Prison.

During the weeklong camp, emphasis is placed on pride, integrity, respect, self-discipline, self-esteem, responsibility, teamwork and community involvement. Children (“cadets”) arrive on Sunday afternoon and reside with the counselors until their graduation ceremony on Friday evening.

The Westmoreland County Camp Cadet Association (Non-Profit) operates through fundraisers and the generosity of community businesses and citizens. As a result, children from all social and economic backgrounds have the opportunity to attend the camp at no cost to them or their parents.

The camp is capable of accepting a maximum of fifty (50) cadets, and cadets are eligible to attend Camp Cadet only one (1) time. If greater than fifty (50) applications are received, preference is given to children that are 15 & 14 years of age. Applications from children, ages 12 and 13, that are not accepted due to having reached the maximum limit with older cadets, will be held and those applicants will be given preference the following year.
To participate in the Westmoreland County Camp Cadet program, children must meet the requirements listed below. Failure to meet or comply with any of the requirements may result in denial of an application or the dismissal of a cadet from camp.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of Camp Rules. This list is an overview of eligibility requirements only. Camp rules will be discussed in detail during Orientation sessions.

Please also note that other counties within the state of Pennsylvania have their own distinct Camp Cadet organizations and may have different requirements.
  • Boys must have a short, neat haircut
  • Girls with long hair must wear hair in a ponytail off of the shoulders
  • Must be a Pennsylvania Westmoreland County, PA resident
  • Must be between 12 and 15 years old (must not be older than 15 during the week of camp)
  • Must be capable of and willing to comply with ALL instructions issued by camp staff
  • Must be capable of meeting the physical training requirements during the week of camp. Cadets will be trained how to perform each exercise and will be expected to perform the number of repetitions instructed as trained. You do not need to be an athlete or be in excellent physical condition. But you must be willing to give it your best effort.
  • Must not have attended Camp Cadet in the past. Cadets are only permitted to attend once and cannot participate in subsequent years.
  • Parents/guardians must be available to promptly drop off and pick up children at the designated locations during the specified time frame. Parents/guardians must also be reachable and able to provide transportation at ALL times during the week of camp in the event that a child needs to be sent home.