Our van leaves the parking lot on South Main (the theater complex across from the back of the K-Mart shopping center) at 0230. This is early, early Thursday morning (between Wednesday night and Thursday). Please arrive no later than 2:15 - we'll take a few photos and head out by 2:30 a.m. We need to leave at this time to allow a breakfast stop and then arrive at Camp Pendleton by 8 or 9 a.m. their time. (They are an hour earlier than Utah.)
Take some naps on Wednesday. You can get a little sleep on the way down - but probably very little and you'll have a full day on Thursday once you arrive at Camp Pendleton.
Here is the packing list. Check it and double check it. I’ve seen kids who have gone over the list several times – but forgot toothpaste or sunscreen.
Pack only the one bag. Use a strip of masking tape and preferably a large felt tip pen to write your last/first names on the strip of tape. Your bags get piled into one humungous pile at graduation, and many of them look the same, so you will need your name for identification of your bag. (We will have a roll of tape and a pen at departure time if you forget, but it takes up time so please try to have this done before you arrive.)
Remember to wear a plain white T-shirt and jeans with belt to camp. This is a camp requirement. No designs or words on the T-shirt. The packing list requires a sealed envelope with $35 in it and your name on it – put it in your pocket.
Immediately after graduation on August 1st, all pups and parents are to gather in front of the reviewing stand. Two reasons: We need photos of everyone, and we need to know that all pups have been picked up by their parents or guardians, or responsible adult and not left abandoned at Camp Pendleton. “Check Out” with Cpl. Lewis or Donna Toole to let us know you are safely on your way home. Every year (except last year) someone takes off without checking in with us. Don’t make us try to locate you or your family after graduation to make sure you’re OK.
Again, be respectful of the rules at Camp Pendleton. It is a military base. They allow the Devil Pup program to operate there as one of their community-based programs, but the permission can be withdrawn at any time, especially if there are abuses of the privilege.
2014 - Meeting in front of Review Stand after Graduation