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Donations sought for special camp for Incline JROTC kids

Staff report

The Incline High School JROTC program is seeking donations to send 10 local youth between the ages of 14 and 17 to a summer program called Devil Pups that involves spending 10 days at the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton base in Southern California.

The teens will gain skills in leadership, self-confidence, self-control, teamwork, responsibility, good citizenship, personal discipline and respect for others, their family and country.

This year, the JROTC program is able to hold camper costs to $575 per "Pup" for the 10-day course. Particpants are Victor Herrera, Alexis Krolick, Emmanuel Lara, Kaylee Prine, Symone Dees, Jayde Leonard, Jose Ortiz, Tyler Eighme, Walker Resney and Kimberely Floam.

John Sweet, Northern Nevada's liaison representation of Devil Pups Inc. — a nonprofit that works with Nevada teens for the camp — noted that Devil Pups is not a Marine Corps-sponsored program.

He added that the program is not a mini boot camp or a recruitment tool for the Marines, either.

Youth, however, learn skills provided by Camp Pendleton Marines and encampment commanders, who are part of the Devil Pups program.

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Participating teenagers must complete a physician's medical exam, and pass a Devil Pups physical fitness test and interview by Devil Pups staff, among other things.

Teens with medical conditions such as asthma or who are part of the juvenile justice system may not be eligible. The most important factor in the final acceptance process is the desire to succeed and to become a Devil Pup, Sweet said.

The camp is set for July 21-30. To donate, visit gofundme.com/262t5PG or contact Senior Army Instructor Incline High JROTC CW3 Malara and/or 1st Sargent Larry Porter at 775-337-7586.