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Kern County Devil Pups to be recognized, Aug. 10

Kern County Devil Pups

We are pleased to announce the Annual Devil Pups Recognition and Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday August 10, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Reider Education Center, 1st floor conference room, located at 2000 K Street in Bakersfield for the Kern County teens who participated in this years’ Devil Pups Youth Leadership Program at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

The purpose is to highlight the accomplishments of these young Kern County men and women who recently graduated from the program and will attend the ceremony; their parents and other family members will likely be in the audience as well. Media is invited to attend. Representatives of local elected officials are expected to be in attendance as well. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood is scheduled to be the guest speaker. Additionally, the LCpl. Mason C. Parnell Award and the Deputy Phillip J. Campas Award will be presented to several exceptional teens. A representative from Chevron, the local program’s primary sponsor, is expected to be present. The entire ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes.

The Devil Pups Youth Program for America, which emphasizes “Growth Through Challenge”, founded in 1954, strives to develop in its participants qualities of good citizenship, self-control, confidence, personal discipline, teamwork and respect for others, their family and their country. Any healthy, non-delinquent boy or girl, age 14 to 17 may become a Devil Pup through a physically demanding application process. Visit http://www.devilpups.com for more information. United States Marines were given the name “Devil Dogs” in World War I by enemy troops they were fighting due to their accomplishments on the battlefield and “never give up” spirit. The Devil Pups name is derived from this rich Marine Corps history. Devil Pups live in actual Marine Corps quarters, comply with hours and eat Marine Corps food.

At this year’s camp, Devil Pups participated in running and other physical conditioning exercises, first aid, jumping into a swimming pool from a 25 foot tower, a bivouac, swimming, conditioning hikes in steep terrain, and close order drill. Devil Pups attended educational lectures from role models on the values of leadership. They hiked up Old Smokey, an impressive mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There they were issued a Challenge Coin by their instructors. The program culminated July 23 with a graduation at the First Marine Division Parade Field.

Contact Kern County Devil Pups Liaison Representative Dick Taylor at (661) 332-8394 for additional information.