The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), in conjunction with the Pennsylvania National Guard and the American Legion, is seeking candidates for its annual youth camp.

The “Elmer Hafer-American Legion-State Police-National Guard Youth Camp” will be held June 5-11 at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, according to a PSP statement.

The six-day summer leadership camp is designed for teens ages 15-17 who want to pursue a career in law enforcement or the military. The camp, established in 1970 and formerly known as State Police Youth Week, strives to improve relations between Pennsylvania youth and the law enforcement community, according to the release. . Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, camp has not been held for the past two years, and this year’s camp will mark the 50th camp held since its inception.

“I encourage young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement or the military to take advantage of this great opportunity,” said PSP Col. Robert Evanchick. “Camp will teach skills and lessons that will last a lifetime.”

The week-long camp is made up of PSP, Guard and Legion members. During the camp, the cadets work on team-building drills, physical training, classroom activities involving police and military careers, and a marksmanship course, the statement said.

The cadets will also visit the PSP Academy in Hershey and the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. In addition, the camp offers three $1,000 scholarships at the end of the week.

“The American Legion is proud to partner with State Police and the Army National Guard to host this year’s camp,” said American Legion Representative Larry Maggi. “We invite interested young people from all over Pennsylvania to apply and join us for an exciting week.”

Boys and girls interested in applying for camp must be between the ages of 15 and 17 before entering camp and not turn 18 during camp. Cadets who have previously attended camp are not eligible to reapply, depending on the application.

Applicants must have a good academic record, be physically fit and be in good health. Teens attend camp at no cost, as their local American Legion post sponsors their attendance.

In addition, regional camp cadet programs are also run by state police personnel. The week-long camp cadet programs are for boys and girls ages 11-15. To inquire about the availability of a camp cadet near you, contact your local troop’s Community Services Officer.

For more information about the program and to view application information, visit pa-legion.com.