Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Courtesy of Steve Bowers

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Awards Night

Certificates have been awarded, ribbons given to those who qualified, pizza has been consumed and a good time was had by all.  Congratulations 2013 Devil Pups!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

2013 Awards Night

Tuesday August 27th is 2013 Devil Pups Awards Night.  6:00 p.m. at Pizza Factory in St. George Ancestor Square, 2 West St. George Boulevard.  We will meet in the upstairs room.

Pizza Factory gives us a great price for all you can eat salad, pizza, bread sticks and sodas for $8 per adult.  That includes tip!  Be prepared to pay for your meals when you arrive. Pizza Factory prefers that we collect your money and pay one all-inclusive bill at the end of the evening.

Parents:  It will not be a long evening.  We will start the awards quickly and proceed while people are eating because we know this is a school night.

Devil Pups:  You will not want to miss this evening – full of awards and surprises!

Be sure to let Donna know how many will be attending from your family so we all have enough to eat!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

MCL Breakfast

Here are the 2013 Devil Pups who turned out to thank the local Marine Corps League  Detachment for their support of Devil Pups this year.  Thanks, Pups, for heading out early on a Saturday and sharing with these Marines.
 Daniel, McKenzie, Andrew, Justin and Ty - Outstanding!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 10 Breakfast

2013 Devil Pup Graduates! 


Here’s an opportunity for you to say thank you to some of your most interested sponsors.  The Utah Dixie Marine Corps League sponsored Devil Pups this year in the amount of $1,000, plus several Marines worked hard at the rummage sale and car washes and PFTs.  Col. Toole would like as many Pups as can possibly make it to come to the monthly breakfast meeting of the Utah Dixie Marine Corps League at the Abbey Inn next Saturday, August 10th.  Breakfast there is incredible – everything you could want to eat – and it’ll be free to you and your parents. 
Be prepared to speak a few words of thanks to the Marines who have sponsored you.  They want to see you and hear about your experience, find out what you liked most and what you liked least.  Most of all, Col. Toole would like you to say a big thank you to them for sponsoring Devil Pups.  We know a lot of you are busy and have school commitments, but this way of saying thanks to the Marines will go a long way towards donations in future years. 

Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.  It doesn’t look like a very long program this month – no special speaker – just some organizational things to do, so after you have been introduced and given your thanks, you do not have to stay for the rest of the meeting.   

The Annex of the Abbey Inn is the building immediately to the right of the main Abbey Inn.  It is a conference center for the Abbey Inn, just across the parking lot.  The address is 1129 So. Bluff in St. George. 

Please support Col. Toole in this.  Wear your Devil Pup uniform and be sure to put the challenge coin in your pocket.  Tell these retired Marines how much it means to you that they are interested in your future. 

Please send Donna Toole an RSVP so the Abbey Inn will know how many place settings to set up.  dtoole (at) sunrivertoday (dot) com.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

2013 Awards Night

Attention Devil Pups and Friends and Family:  Awards Night for 2013 Devil Pups has been set for Tuesday evening, August 27, 2013 at Pizza Factory in St. George.  Pizza Factory is located at 2 W. St. George Boulevard (in Ancestor Square).  6:00 p.m. is the time.  $8.00 is the cost per meal.  Pizza Factory will furnish pizza, salad, bread sticks and sodas.  

We are opting for a later Awards Night this year to avoid last minute family vacations, back-to-school activities, etc.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to join us to honor the graduates of 2013 Devil Pup summer camp.

Devil Pups, please wear your Devil Pup uniform.  Bring family and friends and plan on good food, fun and some special awards.

Pizza Factory
2 W. St. George Boulevard
St. George, UT
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
6:00 p.m.

Please note that extra photo books will be available for friends and family to order after Awards Night.  
Just look for them on the 2013 SoUtah Devil Pups Photo Album WebPage.
2013 DP Photo Album

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Six of Eight Graduates

Donovin, McKenzie, Col. Toole, Justin, Cody, Daniel, Micah

Ty Fox and his family

Andrew, Col. Toole and Ty

Thursday, July 25, 2013

2013 First Day

Bag Check on first Day of Devil Pup Camp

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.
Parents:  Your 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 the Gate.  
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!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Camp Departure Meeting Place

We will be meeting to depart for Devil Pup camp at the Cinema 6 theater parking lot at 905 S. Main in St. George.  This is behind and across the street from the Albertsons and K-Mart shopping center that backs up on Main Street.  It's just above Exit 6 off the I-15 on Main Street.  Plan to arrive at 0200 (that's 2:00 in the morning civilian time).  Look for the 15 passenger white van.  We will be driving all night to get to Southern California - stopping in Barstow for a McDonald's breakfast.  There will be three drivers:  Col. Toole, Steve Handy and Jim Haney.   

Theater Google Map
Click on St. George-Main Street

Monday, July 15, 2013


Hey, Devil Pup  Candidates:  I know you haven’t forgotten it’s CAMP TIME!!  This week.  Are you packed and ready? 

It’s this coming Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the 18th.  Military time is 0200.  We leave the parking lot at 0215.  Be at the Main Street theaters in St. George (behind and across from the Albertsons and K-Mart Center) at 2:00 a.m.  Look for the large van in the theater parking lot.  If something unforeseen makes you late, please call Col. Toole’s cell at (925) 216-8964 so we don’t leave you behind.  We can only wait 10 minutes.

You’ll want a nap or two on Wednesday afternoon/evening, but here’s one night you get to stay out all night!  You’ll be able to nap a little in the van during the night.  You’ll get a breakfast (paid for by SoUtah Devil Pups) in Barstow and arrive at Camp Pendleton sometime around 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. Pacific. 

Be sure to have:
(1)                     Your hoodie,
(2)                     Dress in jeans, a PLAIN white shirt (that means NO writing or graphics), belt, tennys,
(3)                     Take along $30,
(4)                     Take one bag put a 10” piece of masking tape on each side of the bag and write your last name and first initial with a black marker.  (Col. Toole will have some for those of you who FORGET!!!)
(5)                     Bring your “can do” attitude and plan to work hard towards any camp awards.
(6)                     One of the things that is often forgotten is sunscreen.  It’s pretty necessary at camp since you’ll be outside almost all the time.  Check and re-check the list of things to take.

If you have any questions, please call Col. Toole or Steve Handy.  Plan to have fun and work hard and you’ll have a blast!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Directions to Camp Pendleton

If you have not yet received our e-mail with the letter and directions to Camp Pendleton, please let us know so we can get it to you.  If you can find a hotel or lodging in San Clemente, that is probably the closest to Camp Pendleton.  You can Google "hotels near Camp Pendleton" to come up with some names. 

Pack your bags
Take $30
Break in hiking boots
Take a hoodie
Don't overdo training - we don't want pre-camp injuries
Eat right - Get good rest
Be at parking lot of Main Street Theater, St. George, at 2:00 in the morning July 18
(nap on Wednesday evening and be ready to go by 2:00 a.m. Thursday)

Working for Camp

Our 2013 Pup Candidates have worked hard for camp this year.

Kudos to Micah, Andrew, Ty, Donovin, Justin, Cody, Daniel and McKenzie.  Only 15 days until camp!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Kudos for SRB

Kudos to Cody, Donovin, Andrew and Micah for getting their Service Record Books (SRBs) completed and back to Col. Toole.  There is a lot of work for us to do once these are returned to us and we may need to follow-up with you, so please, we need the SRBs from the rest of you ASAP.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Last PFT

Saturday the 22nd is our last PFT.  Everyone wanting to attend Devil Pup Camp 2013 needs to be at this PFT.  It is held at the same place - the Sheriff's facility in Hurricane at 750 So. 5300 W., Hurricane, UT 84737.  Time is 7:30 a.m.  There will be no car wash after this PFT.  After the results are in and have been tabulated, Col. Toole will advise by e-mail who the winners are.  If at all possible, the results will be posted by Saturday evening, both by e-mail and on this blog.  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Location of Rummage Sale

We have had some strange calls asking if the rummage sale is at Ace Hardware.  There is a message on the JROTC web page that the sale is at Ace Hardware.  Not so - unless the ROTC is having an additional sale.  Don't know where that information is coming from.  Our rummage sale is same place as last year - Lin's Market on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs.  It is in the corner of Lin's lot nearest Sunset Boulevard.  Begins at 8:00 for the public (but we know people will arrive earlier). 

Final PFT

The final qualifying PFT will be held Saturday June 22 at the Sheriff's facility in Hurricane.  It will begin at 7:30 a.m. so we can be done before it gets extra hot.  All candidates who wish to be considered for Devil Pup camp in July need to attend this PFT.  All candidates still in competition are Micah, Andrew, Ty, Donovin, Justin, Cody, Daniel, Ryan and McKenzie.  You'll want to work on the areas that were weakest at the last test and do your best in all areas.  

After the PFT is over and scores have been totaled, we will let you know (most of you through your e-mail address) if you made the cut.  At that point you can work on any remaining dollars due (mentors will help provide work) and start planning and breaking in those hiking boots!  At the same time, make sure your parents, or other responsible people, are making reservations in Southern California or have someone to stay with so they can attend graduation on the 27th of July. 

Rummage Sale Saturday

It is here!  Time for putting your "once loved" items in the car to get them to the Devil Pup Rummage Sale at Lin's Saturday morning, June 15.  Devil Pups can show their desire to attend camp this summer but helping the Marines from the Marine Corps League sell items and help customers load their purchases into their cars.  The sale is from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  If you're bringing items for the sale, please arrive between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. to help set up or unload your items.

SoUtah Devil Pups thank you for your generosity!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Event Dates

Here are the final events leading to Devil Pup Camp 2013:
06/08 Car Wash with Explorers, Hilltop Car Wash 9:00-Noon
06/15 Rummage Sale at Lin's.
06/22 Final PFT 7:30 a.m.
07/18 Leave for CamPen, 2:30 a.m. (between Wed. nite and Thurs. a.m.), meet at movie theater parking lot on Main Street, St. George.
07/27 Devil Pup Graduation, Camp Pendleton, California (Pacific), 12 Noon - there is up to a 30 minute drive inside Camp Pendleton gate to reach parade grounds.  Allow enough travel time.  Full details mailed to all candidates prior to camp.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 8 Car Wash

This Saturday, June 8th, is a joint car wash for Devil Pups along with the Explorer Scouts at Hilltop Car Wash on St. George Boulevard, next to Dennys on the Hill.  The wash is from 9 a.m. to noon.  Col. Toole may arrive late; he is the installing officer for the Marine Corps League meeting being held at the Abbey Inn the same morning.  As soon as installation is over, he will go directly to Hilltop.  If he is not there when you arrive, check in with Steve Handy (he is the one you should give your envelopes of ticket sale money to) or Oscar Garcia.  Both Steve and Oscar are Devil Pup mentors.  We are told that another group has accidentally been scheduled at the car wash for the same day.  Be sure to check in with the Devil Pup group! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rummage Sale - June 15

Just a heads up - be saving your rummage sale goodies to bring to the Devil Pup Rummage Sale at Linn's Market on the 15th.  Devil Pup candidates should be available to help with sales, packaging and assisting customers in loading.  More details to follow.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Next Devil Pup Fund Raiser

Attention all Devil Pups:

We have been given an opportunity to increase our income for this year’s program.  We’ll be joining forces with the Explorer Scouts for an additional car wash income opportunity.  The date is Saturday, June 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Here’s your chance to show your interest in the program by selling car wash tickets to friends and neighbors.  For those who haven’t yet reached your goal, sell, sell, sell.  This should be easier than finding odd jobs to earn the rest of your $100.

A make-up PFT is scheduled for June 22nd.  It will begin at 7:30 a.m.  You must attend this PFT to have two good tests prior to camp, or make special arrangements with Col. Toole if you have a conflict on 6/22.  We may have an additional car wash if your fund production is lagging behind.

You have been sent another sheet of tickets for the June 8th car wash.  As before, print it and cut the tickets apart.  Print and sell as many as you can.  One of our grants for Devil Pups was not funded this year, so we need to work hard so all qualifying pup candidates can attend camp this summer.  Bring the funds you've raised to the car wash in an envelope - put your name and the amount sold on the outside of the envelope so you get proper credit.

Monday, May 20, 2013

PFT #2 and Car Wash

PFT #2 is scheduled for May 25 at 7:30 a.m.  750 S. 5300 West, Hurricane (Sheriff's Facility).  Please note the difference in time - trying to beat the heat by starting earlier.  Immediately following the PFT, Pup candidates will be fed breakfast and transported to the car wash at Hilltop on the Boulevard.  Be sure to come to the PFT and car wash with your envelope of cash/checks that you obtained by selling the car wash tickets that we have already sent to you via e-mail.  Print as many pages of tickets as you can sell and invite friends, family to come to the car wash. 

Even if you attended the first PFT and want a chance to go to Devil Pup camp this summer, you must attend this PFT as well as the following "make up" PFT in June.  In other words, you will need TWO full PFT scores to be eligible for Devil Pup Camp selection.  


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Devil Pup candidates:  Be watching your e-mail for car wash tickets which you will need to sell to friends and neighbors for the upcoming car wash on May 25th, immediately after the PFT test.  The tickets will need to be sold and the proceeds brought in a sealed envelope to the car wash, with your name and the amount of money noted on the outside of the envelope.  (Be sure to put your name and amount on the outside of the envelope so YOU will get credit for selling those tickets.)

The tickets will be on a sheet –five to a page.  The money you make by selling these tickets will count toward the $100 you will need to earn toward your camp experience.  If you sell all five tickets for $8 each, you will already have already earned $40.  If you print and sell two pages of tickets, you will already have $80 and be almost done with your $100 commitment.

All you need to do when the tickets arrive is click on the attachment, print out one or two sheets of tickets, cut them apart and begin selling.  If anyone tells you they won’t be available for the car wash, they can still make a donation of any size toward your camp experience.