Abington Heights students among 70 participants in PSP Troop R Camp Cadet

By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@civitasmedia.com | June 10th, 2015 9:38 am - updated: 12:19 pm.

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.”

Emma Gibson, incoming eighth-grader at Abington Heights, aims at her target during Camp Cadet’s session at the Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range in Archbald.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-Cadet-11.jpgEmma Gibson, incoming eighth-grader at Abington Heights, aims at her target during Camp Cadet’s session at the Pennsylvania Game Commission shooting range in Archbald. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Dominic Angelicola, incoming sophomore at Abington Heights, practices shooting at the Pennsylvania Game Commission range in Archbald during Camp Cadet.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-Cadet-21.jpgDominic Angelicola, incoming sophomore at Abington Heights, practices shooting at the Pennsylvania Game Commission range in Archbald during Camp Cadet. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Mayfield Police Chief John Perechinsky gives instruction to a group of campers before they take their turns on the shooting range.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-Cadet-31.jpgMayfield Police Chief John Perechinsky gives instruction to a group of campers before they take their turns on the shooting range. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Buzz, a police dog from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, participates in a demonstration for students during Camp Cadet.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-Cadet-41.jpgBuzz, a police dog from the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, participates in a demonstration for students during Camp Cadet. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal
Deputy Ryan Deluccie and his police dog Buzz, of the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office, give a K-9 unit demonstration during Camp Cadet.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_ABJ-Cadet-51.jpgDeputy Ryan Deluccie and his police dog Buzz, of the Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Office, give a K-9 unit demonstration during Camp Cadet. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

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