How Do You Become A Young Marine?
Be one of the few, proud leaders among your peers, become a Young Marine!
2017 Boot Camp Information:
NOTICE: We will hold parent meetings on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, and Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to discuss the 2017 Boot Camp. This Boot Camp will begin in January 2017. These meetings will be held at 1800 hours at the Kiwanis Building in Columbia Park. Don't miss these parent meetings.
All Young Marines must first go through a recruit training program, or boot camp, which is conducted over a thirteen-week period. Upon completion of this training, you earn the privilege of wearing the Young Marines uniform. This rigorous training period instills a sense of pride and personal accomplishment, which forms the basis of new-found confidence and self-esteem.
Graduation Day is always a proud and memorable day for every recruit, and on this day you earn the distinguished title – Young Marine. From this day forward, you join an esteemed group of young Americans who are making a difference in their lives, the lives of others, their community, and their country.
Young Marines make a pledge to maintain a drug-free lifestyle and are encouraged to influence family, friends, and schoolmates to share this commitment.
Young Marines participate in the training of the new recruits; go camping, swimming, hiking, and biking; visit historic sites and military bases; and go on encampments.
An encampment is a gathering of several units to share what they have learned, test their skills and compete with other Young Marines.
The Young Marines was founded in 1958, the organization promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of young Americans throughout the United States and overseas.
Character building is one of the most important objectives of the Young Marines program, and all of its activities emphasize the importance of honesty, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, and a sense of devotion to God, country, community and family.