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.