As one of 65 graduates of the 2014 Allegheny Camp Cadet last month, I want to express my gratitude to Pennsylvania State Trooper Robin Mungo and the many law enforcement officers who shared their time and expertise to make this one of the most incredible experiences of my life.
Camp Cadet is sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Allegheny County Police and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Department, which provide counselors and instructors for the program. While living in the atmosphere of a police training academy, cadets, ages 12 to 14, gain a better understanding of law enforcement activities as well as how the court system works.
I gained a greater respect and appreciation for the many people who dedicate their lives to serve and protect our community. The physical training and leadership challenges were rigorous but helped to bring all of the cadets closer. We learned to work as a team. We had fun and made new friends.
The staff believed in us, challenged us and taught us to never give up on ourselves. I learned a lot at Camp Cadet, but the most important thing I learned was that I can do anything I set my mind to. Camp Cadet will be a part of me forever!
Teddy V. Kondrich