Devil Pups is a non-profit organization designed to help teens 14-17 from all backgrounds gain self-confidence and learn to take responsibility for their actions. People wonder “Why the name Devil Pups?” The term “Devil Dogs” was used by German soldiers to describe Marines fighting in World War I. The Marines who organized this youth citizenship program chose the term “Devil Pups” to describe the quality of teen who can complete this program.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
2013 Devil Pup Graduation
The Tooles will be at Camp Pendleton by Thursday night, July
26. You can reach us by cell or by e-mail. We will be in meetings and a Trustee’s dinner
on Friday, but we will check our VoiceMail and e-mail frequently.
attendance is required at the graduation ceremonies. It is a one-time "peak experience"
for your child and needs to be shared with family and friends. It is an incredible achievement to graduate
from this Camp! The graduation is a huge accomplishment and a time for
recognition and celebration for your successful Devil Pup. Remember to invite
those individuals that are important in his/her life.
Travel time from St. George to Camp Pendleton is between six
and seven hours. It is recommended that
parents travel on Friday (or earlier) to hotel/motel locations in Oceanside,
Carlsbad, or preferably San Clemente, California.
When you arrive at graduation, Eagles (prior year Devil Pups
who have come back to this encampment to assist the program-identified by the
blue T-shirts they wear) will have the information available about your Pup’s
platoon and will advise you where to sit. Bring cameras, sun screen, etc. It is
not as hot as St. George, but it is very humid. You are not allowed to roam at will around
Camp Pendleton, so please remain close to the Parade Grounds for the graduation
ceremony. Pictures are not allowed other
than at the Devil Pup ceremony.
Enter Camp Pendleton on Basilone Road; continue to School of
Infantry Parade Deck. All vehicles must have registration and insurance. Drivers must have licenses and all adults in
vehicle must have picture identification ready to show the Military Police at
Your youngster will be very tired and probably
thirsty and hungry after the graduation. From our experience, it may take many
hamburgers to fill the chasm. Sleep will be automatic!