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Devil Pups Program
Welcome to DEVIL PUPS YOUTH-CITIZENSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Marine Al Garcia
Marine Harold Don
Devil Pup Class of 2008
The Goal of the Devil Pups Program
To develop in teenagers self-discipline and a proud sense of responsibility for one’s own actions. Marine Corps instructors, highly trained in leadership, provide direction, motivation, and training during the 10-day program.
Who is Eligible to Become a Devil Pup?
Any non-delinquent, healthy boy or girl 14 to 17 years of age may become a Devil Pup. The program is at Camp Pendleton for a 10-day period only. Those applying for the program must pass a physical fitness test prior to being accepted into the program. Devil Pups liaison representatives make the selection from the qualified applicants.
Devil Pups are accepted from all walks of life, regardless of race or creed. The most important factor in the final acceptance process is the applicant’s desire to become a Devil Pup.
Through the program, Devil Pups learn to live with each other day to day, and learn the concept of working together as a team, regardless of background, race or creed.
What are the Expenses?
Devil Pups, Inc., is a non-profit corporation recognized by state and federal governments and obtains its funds through grants from organizations such as the Ahmanson Foundation, Lon Smith Foundation, Seaver Foundation and other civil groups and interested individuals. Devil Pups from California have all the costs of food, lodging and travel paid for by Devil Pups, Inc. Devil Pups of Nevada and Arizona have their expenses paid by the sponsoring agencies. Individuals are never required to pay for the Devil Pups experience, but parents may make donations if they wish. The entire Devil Pups Program is accomplished at no cost to the government.
The Devil Pups Program
Upon arrival at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, all Pups will go through a screening process. Boys are given a short style haircut and girls are given instruction on female grooming standards for the program. A physical fitness test is given at the start of the program and again at the end of the program – and the training is strenuous. It is mandatory that all Devil Pups be in excellent health and good physical condition.
Devil Pups live in actual Marine Corps quarters. It is required that they make their own beds and police their own areas. They will comply with Marine Corps hours and regulations and eat Marine Corps food. They will not be pampered and should they be inattentive or discourteous, they will be corrected. Devil Pups will come into contact only with Marines that have been assigned as Camp Escorts.
The Devil Pups activities are of two kinds – those in which they actively participate and those they merely observe. Devil Pups will participate in running and other conditioning exercises, first aid, organized recreation, a jump into water from a 35-foot tower, a bivouac, swimming, and close order drill. Devil Pups will observe various military exercises depending on training Marines are undergoing on any particular day. Usual activities that may be observe are the firing of weapons, tank infantry tactics, field fortification attacks, combat in towns, and Boot Camp Graduation in San Diego. All are things healthy young citizens may someday learn for the protection of a free society
On appropriate days, all Devil Pups are given the opportunity to attend religious services of their choice. They will also attend educational lectures on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse and the values of leadership. Each morning Devil Pups will attend morning colors and the flag will explained to them…what it means, what it represents, and why it should be respected
The Devil Pups program concludes with an impressive graduation ceremony. Parents and guardians are invited to the graduation and are expected to attend the ceremony.
Because of their courageous fighting and battlefield accomplishments, United States Marines were given the name “Devil Dogs” (Teufel Hunden) in WWI by enemy troops they engaged in combat. The Devil Pups name is derived from this Marine Corps History.
In 1954, a group of retired Marine Corps Reserve Officers asked the Commandant of the Marine Corps to help with a community benefit project that would aid the development of character qualities in teenagers and enable them to become healthier, successful and more focused young citizens. The Commandant gave his full support to this program.
Under the guidance of Major General John T. Selden, USMC, the Devil Pups Youth Development Citizenship Program was started at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, 80 miles south of Los Angeles, in 1954.
Tucson Devil Pups
The Tucson Detachment, Marine Corps League sponsors 20 boys and 3 girls. To prepare for the rigorous 10-day camp, approximately six Saturday morning physical fitness training sessions are led by local Marines. The Marines teach close order drill, Marine Corps-style exercises, formation runs, and leadership principles.
The Devil Pups will also participate in a carwash prior to the camp. After the camp, they will be treated to an Honor Night ceremony. In addition, Devil Pups will be asked to march in the Veteran’s Day Parade, and to help out at other recruitment opportunities as they present themselves. General Information
Smoking is strictly prohibited. Card playing is not allowed. Drugs and alcohol are not allowed, including ALL prescribed medications. Do not bring radios, cameras, computer or other such personal gear. If you do, they/it will be confiscated, stored with your luggage, and returned only when you leave. Make sure reading material is approved by your Liaison Representative before you stow it. (HINT: You will NOT have time to read at Devil Pup Encampment).
At Encampment, Lights Out will be at 2200 hours (10:00 pm). Your day will be full, and you should be tired. If you are not, others will be and must be considered and respected.
Parents will be able to talk to you on the phone ONLY in emergency situations. Pups will be strongly encouraged to write their parents or guardian. You will have no required expenses while at Camp Pendleton.
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For more info, vist the Devil Pup Program at www.devilpups.com.
Devil Pup Class of 2007
Al Garcia & Harold Don with 1972 DP Ruben Moreno
Co. Honor Man Award Recipients
1972 DP Ruben Moreno
2007 DP Zachary Northrup
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