Monday, December 30, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

12 Oct 2019 - Thank You to Marines

Devil Pups and Families:  Please arrive in uniform by 8:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge on No. Bluff Street for breakfast with Marines of Utah Dixie Detachment #1270.  After breakfast we will move to the meeting room at 9:00 and 2019 Devil Pups will be presented to the Detachment.  Your meals are free thanks to the Marines.

Please remember to thank the Marines as they come to shake your hands after the presentation.  They provide funds for at least two pups to attend camp each year, so it is a wonderful contribution to our program.

You and your families are free to go after the presentation when the Marines begin their monthly meeting. Please - uniforms as shown below.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Devil Pup Caryn in Swiss Days Parade

2019 Devil Pup Caryn Krafczyk carrying State flag
in Swiss Days Parade 09-2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2010 Devil Pup - Sgt. Moreno

2010 Mark Moreno became one of the elite after his
Devil Pup experience

 Thank you for your service, Mark!

Mark and Parents at Graduation 2010
Mark's Dad Richard Also a Marine

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

We made the news!!

2019 Devil Pups made the news this month.  Congratulations, Devil Pups!


Friday, August 23, 2019

Awards Night

An awesome array of incredibly talented Southern Utah Devil Pups, a delicious Pizza Factory meal of salad, bread sticks, pizza and drinks, and a totally packed house made 2019 SoUtah Devil Pups Awards Night a huge success!  Lead Liaison Representative Sgt. Billion Johnston led the evening full of fun, certificate presentations for donors, supporters, Eagles and staff as well as an unusually full list of Devil Pup camp award winners.  Donna Toole, CoFounder and SoUtah Devil Pups Coordinator explained the origin of the Col. Toole Cookie Award and 10 Devil Pups loudly agreed as the special award went to JROTC instructors, CMSgt. Todd Cole of Pine View High School and SMSgt. Morgan Hager of Dixie High School for their support of the SoUtah Devil Pup program.  These new Devil Pup graduates appreciate the financial and encouraging support of the Practical Shooting Range, Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 of the Marine Corps League, the Color Country Chapter of D.A.R. and the many individual supporters of our program.  This year's 10 graduates bring our total of Southern Utah Devil Pups to 103 over our 13 year history.  Congratulations, 2019 Devil Pups!

Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Devil Pup Photo Book

The 2019 Photo Book is available on my Shutterfly site.  Shutterfly is a free site for storing photos and other applications.  You might have to join to view and order the photo book.


Purchasing one Photo Book normally comes to $34.70 with tax and shipping.  However, Shutterfly offers discounts at random times, and there is currently a discount available when you go to the link above.   

I have not tried this but at checkout, from August 14 thru August 27, use the code SHIP39 and you should get free shipping on orders over $39. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Awards Night Info

Pups, Parents, AFJROTC, Donors and Supporters:  Southern Utah Devil Pups Awards Night is coming up next Wednesday evening (08/21/19) at 6:30 p.m. at the Pizza Factory located at 2 W. St. George Boulevard, tucked in behind George's Corner.  We will be a "private party" in the upstairs room.

One of the things the restaurant requires of us is that we collect the $8/$5 per person within our own group so that we can just pay one bill at the end of the evening to the restaurant.  It will be so much easier if it is at all possible you can bring the right amount of cash for your family.  Justice Johnston, 2018 Pup and 2019 Eagle, will be our cashier.  She will have some $1 bills for change.  

Cost is $8 per adult and $5 for children 5 and under.  We will have unlimited pizza (all different kinds), salad, sodas and bread sticks.  You can eat all evening long since we will start the awards ceremony shortly after everyone has a plateful.  It's our aim to get everyone back home and into homework quickly since it's a school night.

The dress is CASUAL.  PUPS:  You are to dress as the 2015 pups in the photo below.  Eagles, please wear your blue shirts.  The maximum occupancy of the room is 80, and we have 70+ signed up, so be prepared to be friendly!!

 2015 Devil Pups at Awards Night

Monday, August 12, 2019


Go to the bottom of the chart, add your name and the number who will be attending;
then just close the document.

Friday, August 9, 2019

12 Oct 2019 - Thank You Tour Begins

Parent and Pups:  Each year we have some thank you's to take care of because of the generosity of our Southern Utah Devil Pup donors.  The Marine Corps League pays for 20-25% of our costs each year and some of the Marines provide work to help you earn your $100 contributions toward costs.  The D.A.R. local chapter takes care of one pup's expenses - and, as you know, this year the D.A.R. provided awesome goodie bags for the trip to Camp Pendleton.  

Our first thank you stop is at the Marine Corps League monthly breakfast meeting on October 12.  It is held at the Elks Lodge in St. George and involves a great buffet breakfast at 0830, followed by their meeting at 0900.  Parents and pups will have a free breakfast, courtesy of the Marine Corps League Detachment.  You will be excused from the meeting after our presentation, as the Marines will then go into their regular monthly meeting activities.  

Immediately after our presentation and before you are excused, the Marines will take a break to shake your hands.  Please remember to thank each Marine for their support of our program.  

You will need to wear your Devil Pup shirts, scarves and caps.  We would also like to see your certificates earned at camp, so bring those with you.  Please be at the Elks Lodge to meet with Sgt. Johnston at 0815 on October 12 for procedure.  

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

An Eagle's Poem

14 Days Away From Home
a Devil Pup Poem by Justice Johnston

14 days away from home, God the days are long
14 days away from home, I really miss my mom
I get no sleep, it’s much too hot and the pups show no respect
I tell them to do what they’re told, ‘cause that’s what we expect
14 days away from home, these pups are gonna pay!
My arms are burnt, covered in bites
I’ve seen too many unpleasant sights
14 days away from home, God the days are long

14 days away from home, the pups act like they’re dumb
14 days away from home, I think my feet are numb!
We get no “thank you’s” nor any pay for working and suffering every day
Their voices weak from loud “Yes Ma’am’s
Cuts and bruises on both my hands
14 days away from home, energy has gone away
14 days away from home, almost fell asleep at Midway!

But seeing instructors shout and scream
Is the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen
Although I’m tired, I do not regret
Making memories I’ll never forget.

14 days away from home,
I never want to leave!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Thank you Erik Reclosado

Everyone is wild about this photo, courtesy of Erik Reclosado.  Thank you!!!!

2019 Devil Pup Awards Night

Save the date of August 21 at Pizza Factory, St. George, for awards for our 2019 awesome Devil Pup graduates - plus thank you's to our several supporters.  The evening will not be long, and Pizza Factory once again has offered all-you-can eat pizza, bread sticks, salad and sodas for $8 per person.  Please let Donna Toole know how many will be attending from your family.  Time is set for 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs room.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

St. George Shines at Graduation Day

WOW!  That's all I can say!  WOW!
St. George Devil Pups Show Spirit, Talent and Fortitude!  

All of our 10 pups graduated (a 13-year perfect graduation rate, I might add), and unparalleled LR Billion Johnston informs me that there were 8 perfect PFT scores out of the whole increment - AND WE HAD THREE OF THEM!  Ooh  RAH!

Congratulations to perfect scorers:
Joshua "Chance" Arvig
Jake Jevne
Sarah Lanter


And who but our very own CARYN KRAFCZYK was chosen for the prestigious position of carrying the Guidon for her platoon and participated in the Guidon retirement ceremony.  What an honor!  

Congrats to all SoUtah 2019 new Devil Pups:
Dominick Alamares
Joshua Arvig
Christopher Eagar
Zeke Gomm
Brian Jauregui
Jake Jevne
Caryn Krafczyk
Sarah Lanter
Jaydon Mickelson
Ben Stock

My heart is full and I know that Col. Toole is flying around Heaven with pride and happiness!!!  Thanks to an incredible staff and a dedicated group of teens who are no doubt going to make a big difference in this world.
 Awesome Eagle Justice Johnston
Guidon Girl Caryn Krafczyk 

Challenge Coins atop Ole Smokey

8 of 10 2019 Devil Pups from Southern Utah
In background-Ole Smokey, their final challenge

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Devil Pup Graduation

Graduation day is August 3 at 12 Noon sharp.  Travel time to Camp Pendleton is approximately 6-7 hours or longer.  It is recommended that parents travel on Friday, Aug. 2 (or earlier) to hotel/motel locations in San Clemente, Oceanside or Carlsbad, California.  San Clemente is closer to the Basilone Road entrance into Camp Pendleton.  Your Devil Pup will write a letter from camp which you will need to produce to get onto the base.  Please remember to take it with you.  Be prepared to show ID and insurance information for your vehicle if requested.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sugar Cookies

How fun is this?!?!?


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sugar Cookies! Devil Pup Style

Part of the fun that the instructors have at Devil Pups camp is making sugar cookies with the pups. It is a valuable bonding experience.  I don't mean a baking session.  Making sugar cookies with the pups entails having the pups get soaking wet either by going into the ocean or by a fire hose or by a mud run.  Once they are soaking wet, the instructors will command the pups to Make Sugar Cookies, which means the pups will roll around in the sand and get every square inch of their bodies "sugar coated."  Then they will do exercises.  It is an uncomfortable, albeit unforgettable and delicious experience.

In order for the pups to be prepared for making sugar cookies at camp, I would like to make sugar cookies with them at this Thursday's training.  We have permission to use the sand volleyball court at the Washington Rec Center for this purpose.

The pups will love it!  My concern, however, is how they will prepare themselves for the ride home in the car.  We will be able to get most of the sand off but there may be some remaining sand on them that might make a mess in the car.  Get with your pup and get creative about how to minimize the mess, and how they will remediate any mess by doing a thorough cleaning of the car.  This notice serves as warning that sugar cookie training will be next Thursday, and measures should be in place for special preparation, and permission/exclusion will be requested.  If any parent does not want their pup to participate, or if you have any questions, please contact me. 

Pictures/videos will be taken.

Sgt. Billion

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

2019 Camp Departure Information

Devil Pup Candidates for 2019 summer camp are to meet at the Washington Elementary training area on Wednesday, July 24, at 7:00 a.m. for departure to Southern California.

Also, all hands must meet on Saturday the 13th at 0545 for training as usual, but bring boots, completed SRBs and camp bags completely packed with everything on the list.  Be prepared for bag inspection. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Packing for Camp

The uniform is blue jeans and a plain white t-shirt when you leave for camp. (skinny jeans, or cut offs are not acceptable). You will be given your Devil Pup t-shirt, cover, and scarf once you arrive at camp.

A soft duffle bag or sea bag with your name clearly labeled on it, preferably with duct tape and a sharpie.  (Put your name on both sides so it is visible, whichever side is toward you, in a stack of bags after graduation.)

Sleeping Bag - one (1)

Pillow (optional) - one (1)

Towels, large - two (2)

Flashlight & batteries - one (1)

Toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick - one each (1)

Hand Soap & Deodorant - one each (1)

Shaving gear - one set (1)

Hair gel, Black/Brown Hair Ties, Brush (girls) - enough for 10 days

Blue jeans (regular, NOT skinny) - four pairs (4)

Trouser belt - one (1)

Underwear -  ten pairs (10)

Socks, heavy thickness - ten pairs (10)

Sunscreen or sun block - one (1)

Boots**, hiking grade (worn in) - one pair (1)

Shoes, tennis, for physical training - one pair (1)

Shoes, clog or flip flops, for shower - one pair (1)

Padlock, combination style - one (1)

Stationary - 3-4 pieces paper

Envelopes, addressed & stamped - two (2)

Pens, writing - two (2)

Sweat pants - one pair (1)

Hooded Sweatshirt - one (1)

One-Piece swim suit (girls only) - one (1)

Sports Bra (girls only) - two (2)

Mole Skin (for blisters) - two packs (2)

Cash (put in a sealed envelope with name on it) - ($35)

**Do not bring “new” shoes to camp. Boots should fit properly, cover the ankle, and should be well broken in before camp.

Please do not bring Cell Phones (any type), Computers, Computer Games, Digital Toys, Televisions, Radios, iPods, Cameras, Video Cameras and other such gear requiring batteries or electricity. These items are not allowed and will be taken and returned upon departure from the base.