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HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Police, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania National Guard and the American Legion, are seeking candidates for their 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.

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 the relationship between Pennsylvania youth and the law enforcement community. 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.

The week-long camp is made up of PSP, Guard and Legion members.

During camp, cadets work through team-building exercises, physical training, classroom activities involving police and military careers, and a marksmanship course. The cadets will also visit the PSP Academy in Hershey and the National Guard Training Center at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Additionally, the camp is offering three $1,000 scholarships at the end of the 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 already attended camp are not eligible to reapply. 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.

For more information, contact Trooper Christopher Fox, Troop G, Hollidaysburg, at [email protected] or 814-696-6186 or visit

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