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.
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
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
South Coast Young Marines for more information.