Young Marines



 Who are the Young Marines?

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through high school. The only requirement for membership is that the youth must be in good standing at school. The program educates and inspires the youth within our communities by promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle through educational and adventurous activities.

As Young Marines we believe in:
- Community Service
- Physical Fitness
- Academic Achievement
- Pride in Appearance
- Respecting our Parents, Teachers, Ourselves and Others
- Our Veterans
- Our Country
- Our God


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 300 units with 12,000 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 the Douglas County Young Marine unit, the youth undergo a 60-hour orientation program which is conducted every Saturday from 0900 to 1530 (9:00 am until 3:30 pm) for 9 weeks. This orientation program is called "Recruit Training". The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure. Recruit training culminates with a two day field training exercise (FTX) where the recruits put into practice the skills they have learned. After graduating from Young Marine recruit training, 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.

National Programs

During the summer months, Young Marines have the opportunity to attend the Young Marines National Summer Programs of: Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES). Schools consist of leadership courses. Adventures, have a historical emphasis and are designed with the younger child in mind. In contrast, older Young Marines can participate in Challenges. Challenges consist of training in areas such as survival skills, wilderness training, and water-based activities. Young Marine Encampments provide the opportunity for Young Marines of all ages to gather together and train as a large unit of up to 700 youth at a time. Over 3,000 Young Marines participate in the SPACES programs each year.


Strengthening the lives of America's Youth.

Young Marine Obligation

From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis.

Young Marine Creed

1. Obey my parents and all others in charge of me whether young or old.

2. Keep myself neat at all times without other people telling me to.

3. Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.

4. Keep my mind alert to learn in school, at home or at play.

5. Remember having self-discipline will enable me to control my body and mind in case of an emergency.


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