The Young Marines is a youth education and service program 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' website is at www.youngmarines.com. Following are some highlights of the history of the Young Marines:
1958: The first Young Marines Unit is formed in Waterbury, Connecticut, by members of the Brass City Detachment of the Marine Corps League for their sons to march in a community parade.
1959: Members of the Brass City Detachment opened the Young Marines program for enrollment to the general public. Therefore, the year 1959 is celebrated as the official birth date of the Young Marines.
1960: The Young Marines of Waterbury, Connecticut, grow to 300 Young Marines and 20 adult instructors.
1962: The Young Marines program grows to over 1500 boys in 10 cities and towns and gains national attention.
1965: The Young Marines is officially chartered on October 17, 1965 by the Marine Corps League and becomes a national youth program.
1974: The Young Marines is chartered as a subsidiary organization of the Marine Corps League.
1975: Young Marines membership is extended to females.
1977: The Young Marines governing body is elected and the Young Marines National Bylaws are adopted.
1978: National Bylaws are approved by the Marine Corps League.
1980: The Young Marines is granted not-for-profit status as a youth educational organization by the Internal Revenue Service classification of 501(c)3 (Federal Identiviaction Number 38-2346425).
1993: The Young Marines grows to 1,000 Young Marines and 300 adults in 45 Units and becomes the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program.
1995: The Young Marines becomes international with Units forming in Okinawa, Japan.
2000: The Young Marines program expands to over 200 Units in 38 States with over 11,000 Young Marines and nearly 2,000 adult volunteers.
2001: Summer Program of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES) is introduced with over 3,300 Young Marines participating.
2001: Young Marines Units are formed at U.S. bases in Germany for military dependents.
2001: The Young Marines introduces the first annual Young Marines Veterans Appreciation Week. This continues to be an annual one-week tribute each November.
2002: The Young Marines officially adopts a new motto: "Strengthening the lives of America's youth".
2002: The Young Marines welcomes a very special new member to its ranks, Chester, our puppy bulldog mascot.
2003: The Young Marines officially introduces their new celebrity spokesperson, R. Lee Ermey.
The Young Marines website is at www.youngmarines.com.