There are no residency restrictions to joining the Boston Young Marines. Membership is open to youth in the greater Burlington and beyond!
The Boston Young Marines received it's charter from the Young Marines of the Marine Corp League
in 2004. The Young Marine Program is for boys and girls ages 8 to 18, or the completion of high school. The program 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 is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
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 a local Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26 hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. This orientation program is called Recruit Training. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, military rank structure, and introduction to Drug Demand Reduction. After graduating from Young Marine Recruit Training. the youth have the opportunity to learn more 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.
So, if you are interested in learning the true definition of Leadership, Discipline and Teamwork, join us!