A monthly newsletter for the Tri-City Young Marines, their parents, and our supporters.
Hello Young Marines and recruits and HAPPY NEW YEAR! As boot camp graduation nears, I hope all are working hard to pass the upcoming tests to become a Young Marine. While the staff and your instructors are here to help you get through your training, when it comes down to it, itís still up to the individual recruit to earn their way into the Young Marines. Study your guidebooks and the notes you have taken from the classes youíve had throughout your training. Each one of you can succeed with a little work.
For most of us in the area, our spring break from school is the second week of April. We are planning an encampment for a few days that week. While the exact dates are not set yet, you can plan on 2 or 3 days of camping. Because of the time of the year it is, each YM will need to be prepared for all types of weather. Sun, rain, wind, and snow is always a possibility. A couple of weeks before the encampment, I will issue a required equipment list for all YMís going on the encampment. This here will serve as a pre-warning to start collecting cold weather equipment right now so you will be ready for the trip
While I have explained about community service before, I still get questions from YMís and parents about that subject. So, I will give an explanation here to all. All Young Marines are required to involve themselves in service to their community, above and beyond any job or task they would have at home. To be promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, a YM must earn the Community Service ribbon. (however, just because a YM reaches that rank, that doesnít mean that their community service hours are done) That requires 50 hours of community service within a 12-month period. We keep track of those community service hours that each YM performs while working with the TCYM. Parades, veteransí ceremonies, color guard details, etc. However, we cannot offer enough community service opportunities each year to add up to the 50 hours needed. That means that your YM must be involved in community service activities outside of YM activities. So, what counts as community service hours? It is not mowing grandpaís lawn each week. It is not washing the dishes after dinner or sweeping your aunts bakery. It is not doing work where the YM is paid to do. These things should be done anyway. Community service is volunteer work that helps improve this community. This is the way I put it to the YMís: since I am part of this community, how will the work that you did, help me? Some guidelines on community service are as follows: if you are volunteering for another non-profit organization, or any veteranís organization, or volunteering for almost any municipal office, it will count as community service. If there is any question about whether certain work will be accepted as community service hours, just ask before you start. Remember, you must keep track of your hours and submit a written account of the work, signed by the adult in charge of the community service.