Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Photo Book

2012 SoUtah Devil Pups Photo Book

Anyone wishing to order extra photo books of the 2012 Devil Pup encampment can do so through the photo album site, using the link on the upper left side of this site.  Or just click the link above.

You will need to sign up for a free account with Shutterfly and then you can order as many books (or individual photos) as you wish.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Awards Night - 2012

Attention all 2012 SoUtah Devil Pups and Friends and Family:

Wednesday night, August 22nd, is Awards Night for our 2012 Devil Pups.  We will meet at the Pizza Factory in St. George at Main and St. George Boulevard for pizza, salad, bread sticks and drinks at 6:00 p.m.  The cost for your dinner is $8 per person (less for small children).

Devil Pups, please wear jeans, your Devil Pup T-shirt, your red neck scarf and red cap.

We will make it an early night since it's a school night, but please come and enjoy the food and fun and see these amazing 2012 Devil Pups.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Seven New Devil Pups

Graduation is over and we have seven new pups from St. George - well, one from Korea with grandparents in St. George, and six from the St. George/Ivins area.  Please see our 2012 photo album to view videos and stills of graduation festivities as well as the climb up Ole Smokey.

Please see this link for an article about graduation of the 50,000th Devil Pup at our graduation ceremony:
50,000th Devil Pup Graduates

We are so proud of all of you.  Thank you to parents for your support and Devil Pup Mentors for your assistance.  Stay tuned for Awards Night information.

The Tooles

Friday, July 20, 2012

2012 Camp

Seven 2012 St. George pup candidates arrived safely at Camp Pendleton 19 Jul.  As of 20 Jul they were learning how to march, with varying degrees of success!

Pictures to follow!

Huge, huge traffic jam between Barstow and Las Vegas - stop and go as far as the eye can see.  Probably won't be back much before midnight.  Does everyone from L.A. go to Vegas for the weekend??

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FINAL CALL - 2012 Devil Pup Candidates!

2:30 a.m. July 19, 2012
(That's night time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning)

Parking lot by Cinema 6, 905 So. Main Street, St. George. 
(That's near Temple View RV park, behind the KMart/Albertson's shopping center)

Plain white T-shirt, blue jeans, BELT, tennies.

Please bring a hoodie.  This will be used for early mornings and may double as sleep wear. 
(We have heard many times from prior Devil Pups that it can get very chilly in Southern California.)

Weather forecasts for SoCalif during camp time are mid to high 70's during the day and as low as 58 at night.

Some type of bag (one) with a strip of masking tape on each side and your last name, first initial on each.  At graduation, 300 bags are piled in one place.  You will need to see your name on the tape.

Remember sunscreen.

If an item is not on the approved Devil Pup list at, don’t take it. 

You may take a cell phone, but it will have to be left in your bag which, after contents are transferred to a camp bag at check-in, will be locked up for 10 days until camp is over.

Call Col. Toole’s cell if there are problems at departure time (925) 216-8964.

 All Pups and Parentsmeet in front of the central section of the stands (reviewing stand) immediately after graduation.  You can link up easier there and we need you there for photos and check-out with Col. Toole.  Even if you’re hungry and tired, please do this for us.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

2012 Devil Pup Camp This Week

Hey, Devil Pup Candidates!  Are you ready??  We leave this Wednesday night/Thursday morning (REAL early Thursday July 19).  Get as many cat naps between now and then as you can because you will be busy, busy, busy at camp.  We will drive all night - you can cat nap on the way, too.  We'll stop for an early morning breakfast in Barstow and then your 10 days starts as soon as we arrive at Camp Pendleton.  

Do you have all your paperwork (including a doctor's exam) done and turned in to Col. Toole or your mentor? 
Do you have the required hiking boots?
Do you have a bag ready to go with masking tape and your name on two sides?
Have you checked the packing list information to know what to take (and not take)?
Do you have your $100 earning requirement filled?
Do you have someone ready to pick you up on the 28th at Camp Pendleton?

Failure to fill the above requirements may bump you off the list!

Call us with any questions!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Departure Information

You will soon be receiving a Parent Contact List with the names, city, e-mail and cell phones of parents of 2012 Devil Pup Candidates.  If unforeseen problems arise making your arrival at graduation late or impossible, this list can be used to contact another parent in your area who may be able to help with transportation.  Keep in mind that some parents are scheduling vacations to coincide with graduation and may not be returning directly to St. George.

Departure information is in your congratulations letter and remains the same at this time.  It is:

2:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) early Thursday morning, July 19, 2012 (that's night time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning); arrive at Cinema 6 parking lot on Main Street, 905 South Main Street, St. George (next to Temple View Trailer Park).

Follow the instructions in the congratulations letter for departure attire.  Bring your bag with the two strips of masking tape and your name on the tape.  Also bring a hoodie for warmth on the trip and at Camp Pendleton where nights are chilly.  We will take "before" photos before departure.

When parents travel to Southern California/Camp Pendleton for graduation, remember the one hour time difference between Utah and SoCalif.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Parent Information List

Please make sure Donna has your permission to post your cell phone and your home city on the Parent Information List so it can be published soon.  The list can be used during emergencies which might prevent you from arriving at graduation ceremonies on time - so your son is not stranded.  We will stay until all Pups have been picked up - and consequently one of the requests we make is for all parents and Pups to meet after graduation ceremonies in front of the reviewing stand (center of the bleachers) before you leave Camp Pendleton.  We also want to take photos of the graduates - and this is a good time to get a SoUtah group photo.  

Please e-mail Donna with your permission to disseminate your cell phone that you'll be using on graduation day.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Parent Info List

Only two parents have responded with an "OK" to publish their names and phones on the Parent Information List, so the parents can keep in touch if it becomes necessary.  Please let Donna know as soon as possible to aid in the publication of the list to everyone.  Send an e-mail to with your "Yes" or "No."  Thanks!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

27 days to go!

Camp will be here before you know it.  All informational e-letters have been mailed, including a map for parents to get into Camp Pendleton for graduation on the 28th.  Remember to have identification available if requested at the Main Gate, bring sunscreen and stadium chairs if you're uncomfortable on bleachers.  Camp Pendleton is a HUGE area with lots of driving time involved once inside the Gate and there is a 20 MPH speed limit which IS enforced.  We have heard that there is construction going on, too, so plan to arrive early.

Once we have permission from all pup parents to publish a list of cell phone numbers, etc. to distribute to everyone, we will get that out to you.  Please respond to one of your e-mails from the Tooles with your permission.

Pups should continue physical fitness training and get those hiking boots broken in.  Remember a warm hoodie for the ride to California, and for those cool SoCal mornings and nights, especially if you're used to having hair on your heads!  It won't be there for long after you arrive at camp.  On the home page, near the bottom, of is a link for clothes and items to be taken to Camp Pendleton.  Remember sunscreen.  The check-in procedure involves taking your items, one by one, from your bag, holding them up for inspection and then placing them in a camp-issue bag.  Your arrival bag and all unwanted items will then be locked up in storage for the duration of the 10 days.  As Col. Toole says often, "If it's on the list, take it.  If it's NOT on the list, leave it home."

Also, if you have not completed your $100 commitment for camp, now is the time to work with your mentor to get that task completed.  Your mentor will also be contacting you and your parents to get your camp entry paperwork up to date.

Remember to call Col. Toole or your mentor if you have any questions about your time at Devil Pup camp.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012 SoUtah Devil Pup Winners

And the winners are:

Smith, Dominick
Gutierrez, Emilio
Sumpter, Joshua
Higley, Jace
Henderson, Carl
McPhie, Chance
Saxton, Greysten
Tesch, Sakston (alternate)

Congratulations!  Keep training for camp as you will be given two PFTs there.

Your Devil Pup mentor will contact you to get all the necessary paperwork completed.  You will need a doctor-signed medical authorization, so please set up that appointment as soon as possible.

You will soon be receiving a letter giving you and your parents more information on camp departure early on the 19th and graduation on the 28th.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

2012 Pup Candidate Update

The 2nd PFT is done as well as the 2nd car wash.  There were a number of no-shows for the PFT and a couple no-shows for the car wash.  There is a make-up PFT Monday morning.  This will be the last chance to complete the requirements for 2012 Devil Pup camp.

Results will be tallied Monday evening (June 18) and candidates will be notified on Tuesday of the results.

Congratulations to Emilio and Joshua for being the first two candidates to reach their $100 goal towards Devil Pup camp.  In fact, they both exceeded their goals.  Good job!  All successful candidates will have from now through July 13 to reach that $100 goal if not already obtained.  Your Devil Pup mentor will assist you in reaching that goal.

Keep working on physical fitness -  you'll be glad you did when you reach Camp Pendleton on the 19th of July.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Second PFT 2012

Devil Pup Candidates:  Are you working hard on your PFT sit-ups, pull-ups, push-ups and running scores?  The final PFT is Saturday, June 16, followed by the last car wash. I am e-mailing you a PDF of a page of car wash tickets.  If you have not made your quota of $100 in odd jobs or ticket sales, there is just a week to catch up.  Please print out these tickets and sell, sell, sell!

Decisions on the seven finalists will be made on Monday, June 18th, by Col. Toole and the Devil Pup Mentors. 

After the final selection is made, if you are a winner, you will receive a little more information on what to expect at camp and we will be providing parent information regarding the graduation ceremonies, directions to Camp Pendleton and the parade grounds, etc. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Devil Pup Testimonial 2009

Check out the testimonial written by Pat Lisi, realtor extraordinaire of St. George, Utah.

Thanks, Pat!!

And just in case you forgot, here is a link to videos of what goes on at Devil Pup encampment.

Work hard, 2012 Candidates, on that PFT stuff!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Rummage Sale Reminder

This message is to remind all pup candidate families that there will be a rummage sale at Lin’s Market on the corner of Sunset Ave and Dixie Downs Road. It will be Saturday June 2nd from 8 am to 3 pm. The sale is to raise money for the Devil Pups. We still need more donated items for the sale. If you, your neighbors or your relatives have things to donate it would be greatly appreciated.
If you cannot bring the items to Lin’s Market Saturday morning by 0730, please contact us and we will make arrangements to pick up the donated items. Pick ups can be arranged on May 30th, 31st or June 1st.  
Thank you for helping out with this project.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rummage Sale 2012

SoUtah Devil Pups will be holding a garage sale on Saturday, June 2, to raise funds for this year's Devil Pup program.  It will be held in the Linn's market parking lot.  If any Devil Pup candidates can assist in organizing, selling and cleaning up, please come to the sale which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (or when sold out).  If you have items you'd like to donate to make our fund raiser even better, please bring your items with you on Saturday the 2nd of June. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Congratulations to everyone for the good job in attendance and hard work at the first car wash.  Due to your great sales jobs and catching a few cars off the street on Saturday, you have helped us earn over $500 towards camp costs. 

The top three salesmen for this car wash were Chance McPhie, Greysten Saxton and Parker Thayer.  Good job, Candidates!! 

Be working hard on those PFT requirements for the next test on Saturday, June 16.  Your scores and willingness to work for Devil Pup camp costs will determine who can fill the seven slots we have as our quota for Southern Utah.  There are still 11 candidates vying for those seven slots, so PFT scores will be extremely important.

Friday, May 4, 2012

May 12 is the first Devil Pup Car Wash of the 2012 season.  Each Devil Pup candidate will be required to sell 10 tickets – to family, friends, neighbors, etc. – as a way to raise part of your $100 portion of your camp fee.  Those candidates from the Dixie HS JROTC program will have received your envelope of 10 tickets already from Doc Thomas.  For those of you who are not associated with the JROTC program, you will receive a PDF of the tickets to print, separate and sell.  
Selling tickets ahead of time is a good way to raise funds for the Devil Pup program.  Friends and family can purchase a ticket (or tickets) even if they don’t plan to attend the car wash.  They may prefer to call it a donation to help you go to Devil Pup camp.  If they do want to have their car washed, they can come to the Hilltop Car Wash facility on St. George Boulevard and present their ticket, showing that they have already paid.  The time of the car wash is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Bring your envelope full of cash from the sale of your tickets to the car wash.  Please enter your name on the outside of the envelope along with the amount of money inside.  There will be a member of the Marine Corps League assisting at the car wash who will take these envelopes and make sure you are credited for the money you earned.
Please call Col. Toole at (435) 652-3998 if you have a conflict and are unable to attend the car wash.  You should still sell your envelope of tickets.
There will be one more car wash on June 16 (right after the PFT).  The PFT will start at 9:00 a.m. and you will then proceed to Hilltop Car Wash on St. George Boulevard to work at the car wash from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Again, you will be required to sell 10 tickets – which will be provided to you at a later date.  If you have questions, you can e-mail Donna Toole, the SoUtah Devil Pups Coordinator at

Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012-04-28 Makeup PFT Test #1

The second part/make-up test for Devil Pup PFT #1 will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.  Please arrive 9:45 a.m.  If you could not attend the first PFT the prior Saturday, then you will need to attend this one to be eligible for candidacy.  (There will be another PFT (#2) scheduled later which will be the second test that all candidates must complete.  It will also have a make-up day to accommodate those who cannot make one or the other of the test days.)

The Saturday, April 28, test will also be held at the Washington County Sheriff's facility located at 750 S. 5400 West, Hurricane, UT. 

The first of two or three fund raising car washes will be held on May 12.  More about that later, but pencil it in on your calendar.  At Saturday's PFT you will be given tickets to pre-sell for the May 12 car wash event.

Monday, April 16, 2012

2012 Devil Pup PFTs

Physical Fitness Tests for Devil Pup Candidates 2012:
[All successful Devil Pup candidates will complete a minimum of two Physical Fitness Tests.]

First PFT:
Date: 21 April (Saturday) 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. (Check-in time 9:45 a.m.)
Place: Washington County Sheriff's Office, 750 So. 5400 West, Hurricane, UT.
Note: As an accommodation to individuals unable to attend the test on 21 April, there will be a make-up test at the same location at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, 28 April. These two tests comprise the first PFT test. You should attend at least one of the two.

Second PFT:
Date: TBA
Place: Washington County Sheriff's Office, 750 So. 5400 West, Hurricane, UT.
Time: TBA
Note: As an accommodation to individuals unable to attend this test, a make-up test will be scheduled. These two tests comprise the second PFT test. You should complete at least one of these tests.

Again, all candidates are required to complete two full PFT tests.

There will likely be car washes held after these PFTs. Times and place will be announced. Candidates competing for a place on the roster will have their qualification judged on participation in these fund-raising activities.

2012 Devil Pup Information Meetings

Parent/Pup Candidate informational meetingsat the Washington County Libary in St. George:

Date: April 17, 2012
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: Library Meeting Rooms A&B, Basement of County Library, 88 S. 100 West, St. George.
Purpose: Have potential candidates and parents attend and have any questions about the Devil Pup program answered to their satisfaction.

As accommodation to parties unable to attend the meeting on Tuesday, April 17, there will be another meeting, same place, on Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30 to 7:45, for the purpose of answering questions. Individuals attending Tuesday meeting are not required at Wednesday meeting.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Application Process

All SoUtah individuals wishing to be considered for the 10-day Devil Pup camp at Camp Pendleton, California this summer should go to the website and print out two forms from the Forms Menu on the left side. (1) Personal Information and (2) Selection Questionnaire. Complete these forms legibly (in ink) and forward them to Col. Toole at 1760 W. Amethyst Garden Circle, St. George, UT 84790.

Some further background: Devil Pups camp is held at Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton (on the coast midway between Los Angeles and San Diego). We are in the second increment, for which the dates are Thursday 19 July to noon Saturday 28 July inclusive. (We will actually leave at 2:00 - 3:00 a.m. on the 19th and arrive at Camp Pendleton by 9:00 a.m. Thursday.) Graduation ceremonies will be Saturday, July 28, at noon at Camp Pendleton. More details on that later.

There will be at least two parent meetings in the next two months, to be held in one of the basement meeting rooms at the St. George Library located at 88 W. 100 South in St. George. Watch for dates and times. You will meet the Mentors who will assist in getting pup candidates ready for camp and your questions can be asked and answered at that time.

There are over 40 candidates at this time who have signed up for the 6-7 slots available for Southern Utah. Experience shows that not everyone who signed up will show up. Physical fitness is crucial, so check out the requirements below and start training now. It will make the difference in (1) whether your scores show you want this challenging camp, and (2) whether you are sufficiently motivated.

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of four events. Maximum score to be earned in each event is 100 points. Scoring 100 in each event results in a maximum score of 400. The closer you come to 100 points in each event, the better will be your chance of being selected. The events and maximum scores are:
80 sit-ups in two minutes.
60 push-ups – no time limit.
20 pull-ups for males – no time limit; or female hang time of 24 seconds.
1 mile run – 6 minutes or less for males; 7 minutes or less for females.

During the summer leading up to camp in July, there will be various work projects. Your participation will show how much you desire to go to camp. There will be sponsored car washes and odd jobs, most of them lined up for you by mentors from the local detachment of the Marine Corps League who have every wish for you to succeed.

The cost of the program is $500 per Pup. Of that total, each successful Pup candidate will earn $100 toward his cost by performing odd jobs arranged by the mentors. The balance of the cost (i.e., $400) is raised by donations from individuals and organizations wishing to support the program.

Please note, in applying for a slot for camp, that your parent/parents must be agreeable to picking you up at Camp Pendleton immediately after the graduation ceremonies. There is no return transportation from Camp Pendleton.

For further questions, call Col. Toole or check out the older posts on this blog for prior years of Devil Pups camp.

Friday, March 9, 2012

2012 Devil Pups

Plans are in the works for the 2012 season of SoUtah Devil Pups. Camp this year is from July 19 to July 28, with graduation on July 28 at Camp Pendleton.

Get your application and paperwork on the website and get it to Col. Toole. 2012 pups will be required to earn $100 toward their camp fees, but they will have planned projects and "mentors" to help in that process.

There will be two mandatory PFTs (Physical Fitness Tests) again this year and three car washes are planned to help raise money for camp.

Calls are already coming in from interested candidates and our quota is smaller this year, so let us hear from you if you are interested in 2012 Devil Pup summer camp.