Homeschoolers Are Welcome In The Young Marines



The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society.

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

*The Young Marines program is not a program for youths with serious disciplinary problems, substance abuse issues or lengthy histories in juvenile court.


1958: First Young Marine Unit formed in Waterbury, CT by members
of the Brass City Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

1962: The Young Marines program grows to over 1500 boys in 10 cities and towns and gains national attention.

1965: Officially chartered on October 17, 1965, by the Marine Corps League and becomes a national youth program.

1975: Membership is extended to females.

1980: Young Marines granted not-for-profit status as a youth educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service.

1993: Young Marines grow to 1,000 Young Marines and 300 adults in 45 units and becomes the focal point for the U.S. Marine Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program.

1995: Young Marines become international with units forming in Okinawa, Japan.

2000: Young Marines program expands to over 200 units in 38 States with over 11,000 Young Marines and nearly 2,000 adult volunteers.

2000: Young Marines participate in Youth Restoration Corps project along the Russian River in Alaska restoring Salmon Habitat.

2001: Summer Program of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES) is introduced with over 3,300 Young Marines participating.