Douglas Explorer drills with Devil Pups |

Douglas Explorer drills with Devil Pups

Staff Reports

Minden resident and Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer Erik Jacobson, 16, attended the Marine Corps Devil Pups Youth Program at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California this past summer.

“My life is better because I participated in this program and I will continue to achieve bigger and greater goals for myself,” Erik said. “I earned the title Devil Pup, and I take pride in the title, and no one can ever take that title away from me.”

Erik said he learned ways to push himself and always perform at his very best.

Camp Pendleton worked with 600 Devil Pup recruits during the months of July and August, and through the program, the teenagers experience 10 days of teamwork, discipline and education.

It is a demanding physical and academic good citizenship program for youth.

On the first day, Devil Pups receive administration check-ins, uniforms, haircuts and meals.

Many youth have family serving in the Marines and want to follow their steps.

Devil Pups activities include conditioning exercises, first aid instruction, leadership classes, organized recreation, swimming and camping outdoors. They attend lectures on the importance of self-confidence, teamwork, drug and alcohol abuse and the importance of goal setting in life.