Cadets rehearsal camp on track for this weekend

What you need to know: Schedules, pick-ups and more!

Back at it this weekend, The Cadets meet at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J., for their second camp in January.

For the third camp in a row, Mother Nature has dumped snow in the Mid-Atlantic States as The Cadets muster for rehearsals. But that certainly hasn’t stopped them!

This weekend it’s more of the same as another winter storm precedes camp at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. But by the time members and staff begin arriving on Friday afternoon, all should be clear, said Cadets Assistant Director Justin Heimbecker.

“We are keeping a close eye on the track and pace of this storm and it should be past us by the time camp kicks off this weekend,” Heimbecker said. “As we’ve said prior to the last two camps when ugly winter weather reared its head, leave early, plan ahead and take your time to make sure you arrive safely.”

Camp begins Friday, Jan. 28 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 30 and includes both the brass and percussions sections. Colorguard members will be welcomed back to the Feb. 18-20 weekend for several rehearsal sessions, similar to the successful late January camp where nearly 10 members received extra equipment technique and body movement training.

On the agenda for this weekend’s camp are rewrites and new music to the 2011 program, Angels in the Architecture. Also on tap is physical training, marching block and working encore music, according to Heimbecker.


All camp attendees are asked to check in at the registration table in the gymnasium between 7-9 p.m.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Jan. 28
7:00 pm Registration / Unload in Cafeteria (Souvenirs Available)
9:00 pm Welcome Meeting in Gymnasium
9:35 pm Move to Sectionals
9:45 pm Sectionals
11:45 pm Snack & Videos (Souvenirs Available)
12:45 am Lights Out 

Saturday, Jan. 29

7:45 am Wake & Breakfast
8:45 am PT Session in Main Gymnasium
9:35 am Move to Sectionals
9:45 am Sectionals
1:30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Sectionals (Brass Marching)
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Meet with Hopkins in High School Auditorium
8:30 pm Move to Sectionals
8:45 pm Sectionals
11:45 pm Snack
12:45 am Lights Out 

Sunday, Jan. 30
7:45 am Wake & Breakfast
8:45 am PT Session in High School Gymnasium
9:20 am Move to Sectionals
9:30 am Sectionals
12:30 pm Break & Setup (Souvenirs Available)
12:45 pm Show & Tell in Gymnasium – Parents Welcome!
2:00 pm Cleanup & Load Truck
3:00 pm Bus depart / Drivers dismissed 


Air Travelers:
Those traveling by air to Philadelphia International Airport should wait at the designated pick-up location after arriving. The pickup location for all air travelers is Terminal C, Baggage Claim F. 

In case of changes that affect your pick-up time on the day of camp, please send a TEXT MESSAGE (Please NO voicemails!) to Assistant Director Justin “Rudy” Heimbecker’s cell phone at (610) 357-1540 with the following: 

-Planned arrival time
-New estimated arrival time

The pickup times are as follows:


6:45 PM BUS
7:45 PM VAN
8:15 PM VAN
9:45 PM VAN
10:15 PM VAN
11:45 PM VAN

(Extra van will be added at 9:00pm if delays make it a necessity) 

Traveling by car:
The directions to Woodstown High School are below: 


Take Exit #4 off I-295 for Woodstown/Penns Grove
At the end of the ramp, take Rt 48 East toward Woodstown
After 3 miles, take a left onto Harding Road / Rt 40
After 4.5 miles, take a left to stay on Rt 40 / Rt 45 (Wawa / Rite Aid on corner)
After 1 mile, stay straight on Rt 40 (Rt 45 goes to the left – do not follow)
Just past the railroad tracks, take a right onto East Wilson.
At the end of East Wilson, take a left onto Dickinson. 

The walkway to the cafeteria will be directly in front of you. Unload your belongings into the cafeteria area, and proceed to the parking area behind the school, on the basketball courts.

Please park personal vehicles in the front loop of the school, or along the side of the school. Make sure no personal vehicles are parked in the back lot outside the cafeteria on Sunday morning. 

Questions about camp should be directed to Heimbecker at, or to Melissa Babalonis at, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112 or 115, respectively. As of Friday, Jan. 28, Heimbecker can be reached by cell at (610) 357-1540.



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