Sheriff department sponsors Needles youth at Camp Pendleton
CAMP PENDLETON — Four Needles High School students got a taste of a Marine Corps boot camp, including two nights bivouac on famous ‘Ole Smokey’ mountain during the Devil Pups Youth Program for America at Camp Pendleton.
No one ever pays to attend the camp, explained Lindsey Payson of Needles’ Colorado River Plumbing and Hardware Express. The Colorado River Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department sponsored the four teens: seniors Ryly Payson, Erin Breaux, Isidro Ramirez and sophomore Dawson Yeager.
The four were part of a company of 325, Payson explained, between the ages of 14 and 17. All were similarly sponsored for the 10-day program. Captain Ross Tarangle, commander of the Colorado River Station, called the Marine-led program “physically and academically demanding.”
The Devil Pups program mission is “To challenge, educate and help young boys and girls of all backgrounds to learn self-confidence and responsibility for their actions.” Their vision: “To have a powerful, positive impact on the quality of life of young men and women in the community, by educating and training them in their citizenship, moral and ethical responsibilities as they grow into adulthood.”