ARCHBALD — The Pennsylvania State Police Troop R Camp Cadet program is fun and hard work, according to Dominic Angelicola, incoming Abington Heights sophomore.
The camp, which was attended by about 70 students, ages 12 to 15, included a rigorous schedule, with Reveille at 6 a.m. and physical training to start the day from 6:15 to 7:20 a.m. Some other activities included drills, swimming, a tour of the Lackawanna County 9-11 Center, a program graduation, presentations from the Scott Township Dive Team, Scranton Police Department S.O.G., Scranton Bomb, Life Flight, Secret Service and more.
The Cadets visited the Pennsylvania Game Commission Shooting Range in Archbald on July 16 where they watched demonstrations from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, learned about gun safety and practiced shooting at targets.
Casey Knott, an incoming Abington Heights seventh-grade student, said his favorite part of the camp was learning about the Secret Service. Angelicola most enjoyed the scuba diving session.
But the camp wasn’t only about having fun. Both agreed the biggest lesson they learned from the program was “honesty and hard work pay off.”
Emma Gibson, who is entering the eighth grade at Abington Heights, enjoyed the presentations and hands-on experiences at Camp Cadet. One of her favorites was the K-9 demonstration.
She also will take life lessons home with her.
“I’ve learned about teamwork,” she said. “That you need to be able to help your team out and be a good member, even if they aren’t to you.”