Welcome to the SouthCoast Young Marines

Who we are:
The Young Marines is a youth education and service programs 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 official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps and the focal point for the Marine Corps Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. 

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 Honor, Courage and Commitment. Adult volunteers are individually screened by the National Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person's registration. 

  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.


Your interest and support is always welcome.
South Coast Young Marines for more information.


                          Contact Info: 
      Unit Commander:   Christian Gomes

       Drill Deck:
       Fort Tabor Community Center
       950 S. Rodney French Blvd.

       New Bedford, MA 02744

       Phone 508-989-3995

       We meet Every Tuesday 6pm to 9 pm at the        Fort Tabor Community Center.