Several youths from counties in the TIMES NEWS coverage area were selected to participate in the state police Commissioner's Honor Camp. The camp is being held this week at the state police academy in Hershey.

A select group of 48 teenagers from across the state are learning about state police operations and government through the camp.

The cadets, ages 13-18, were selected from among more than 1,500 boys and girls who participated in local Camp Cadet programs last summer.

"The local Camp Cadet programs give young people a positive attitude toward the law enforcement profession through exposure to the criminal justice system from a police cadet's point of view," state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. "The Honor Camp is designed to build leadership qualities and teach the youngsters more about the department and state government," Noonan added.

Troopers teach Honor Camp cadets about criminal investigations, police skills, use-of-force and related topics. The camp includes team problem-solving activities and sports, as well as a visit to the state capital, state police headquarters and the governors' residence.

"This is also a great opportunity for our troopers to build solid personal and professional relationships with outstanding young people, and to have a positive impact on the state's future," Noonan said.

The Honor Camp, which was created more than a decade ago as a reward for the top two cadets from each local program, continues through Saturday, ending with a graduation ceremony at the academy.

Those teenagers from the TN area attending the camp include:

Carbon County - Arianna Lavan of Lehighton.

Lehigh County - Lucas Metzger of New Tripoli.

Monroe County - Samantha Bartholomew of Saylorsburg and James Kerrick of Blakeslee.

Schuylkill County - Anthony Wojciechowsky of Pottsville.

For more information visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call (717) 783-5556.