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Mission Statement

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program
for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school.
The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical
development of its members. The program focuses on character
building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps'
youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. Learn more.

Description

Who we are

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through

completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development

of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a

healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth

Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

Membership

The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through completion of high school. The only

membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school. Since the Young

Marines’ humble beginnings, in 1958, with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has

grown to over 240 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of

Columbia, and, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.

Our Volunteers

Young Marine units are community-based programs lead by dedicated adult volunteers. Many of

these volunteers are former, retired, active duty, or reserve Marines who believe passionately

that the values they learned as Marines had a positive affect on them. It is through these caring

adults that Young Marines learn the inner values of

are individually screened by the National Headquarters based on background information

and recommendations provided with each person's registration.

Honor, Courage and Commitment. Adult volunteers

Training

Upon joining a local Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally

spread out over several weekly meetings. This orientation program is affectionately called "Boot

Camp." The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order

drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure. After graduating from Young Marine "Boot

Camp", the youth have the opportunity to learn more new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marine

uniform and work toward ribbon awards. Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas

such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug

resistance education.

Website

http://www.columbusym.com

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