Camp Cadet was originally formed in 1970 by Trooper Albert R. Vish, of the Pennsylvania State Police. Through his untiring efforts, this program became a reality. Trooper Vish along with John Prandy (deceased), and Robert Price-(P.S.P. retired) were instrumental in establishing the first Camp Cadet in Butler County.
For forty-one years, his idea has provided the inspiration for the establishment of other Camp Cadet Programs across Pennsylvania. The program was originally called the “Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet” and funding was provided by the community to the Pennsylvania State Police. Since 1970, Camp Cadet programs have been established in approximately 30 other counties in Pennsylvania.
Camp Cadet is a tuition free one week event, staffed by local Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County Sheriffs and local Municipal Police Officers who serve as counselors and instructors. The program is designed to give boys and girls, ages 12 thru 14, a better understanding of law enforcement activities while living in an atmosphere similar to a police training academy. Emphasis is placed on improving self-discipline, building self-esteem and confidence through teamwork and making new friends.