Young Marines of the Palm Beaches

For Recruits 

After Enrollment, recruits undergo a 13 week training program which takes place during weekly meetings. Recruits learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, military rank structure, fundraisers and other special events/trips. 

Instructions covering citizenship, leadership, physical fitness, school, home activities and close order drill are given to all Young Marines.  They also participate in hiking, camping, field trips, community service, parades. This rigorous training instills a sense of pride and personal accomplishment that forms a basis of a new found confidence and self-esteem.  

Graduation Day is a proud, rewarding, and memorable occasion in the life of every recruit.  It is the day when the distinguished title "Young Marine" is bestowed. Graduation ceremonies are attended by parents and friends. After graduating the new Young Marines have the opportunity to learn new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marine uniform, work toward leadership awards as well as participation in national events.


During the summer months, Young Marines have the opportunity to attend the Young Marines National Summer Programs of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES). Adventures have a historical emphasis and are designed with the younger child in mind. In contrast, older Young Marines can participate in Challenges. Challenges consist of training in areas such as survival skills, wilderness training, and water-based activities. Young Marine Encampments provide the opportunity for Young Marines of all ages to gather together and train as a large unit of up to 700 youth at a time. Schools consist of leadership courses. Over 3,000 Young Marines participate in the SPACES programs each year.

The Young Marines is the proud eight-time recipient of the Department of Defense’s Fulcrum Shield Award for Excellence in Youth Anti-Drug Programs. The award recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made concerted efforts at spreading the anti-drug messages throughout their communities. For more information please see the National Website at

We participate in parades, community service, hiking, camping, wilderness, survival and other exciting activities as well as travel events such as trips to Washington DC, our encampments at Camp La No Che in Paisley and FL summer trips to Parris Island, South Carolina to name a few.

Each year, regional commanders from across the nation are asked for their recommendations for Young Marine of the Year. The six that are nominated for the award are granted $500 scholarships towards their college education. The member that is chosen as the Young Marine of the Year is awarded a $1,000 scholarship. In addition to the scholarship opportunities, Young Marines that earn the rank of Sergeant or above while in the Young Marine program and choose to pursue the U.S. Marine Corps option are advanced to Private First Class upon successful completion of Marine Corps boot camp.

We meet at the Navy / Marine Reserve Center in central Palm Beach County on Wednesday nights.  If you are interested in enlisting, you and your parents are invited to join us any Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. then you can join the upcoming recruit class and your parents will have the opportunity to join our monthly parent/staff meeting and then stay to learn more.  Please wear a white T-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers when you visit us.

Our recruit boot camps begin early February and early September.

For Parents 

The Young Marines program is not a summer camp, day care program or military school. If you are looking for a babysitter, don't look here... Please do not expect the Young Marines Staff to raise your child.  We are not a "scared straight" or "boot camp" type of program for troubled youths nor can we "fix" children with discipline problems. We are not social workers, so don't expect us to work miracles in behavior improvement or behavior modification with your child. Our staff members are parents just like you, not professionals qualified to handle such issues. Our staff, however, will try to re-enforce standards of good behavior and academic achievement expected by any parent, as well as by society.

We are not a paramilitary group and are not a military recruiting station for any branch of the Armed Forces. Young Marines do not carry weapons and do not receive any form of combat training. While a Young Marine may decide to join the military when he or she is of eligible age, he or she is under no obligation to do so. Likewise, participation in the Young Marines program does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the Armed Forces.  

We are not molding Marines so we do not teach weapons, warfare or tactics but we do wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on our uniforms and take pride in our appearance and conduct. We cannot give your child self-esteem, no one can, but we can give him or her opportunities to build it. When something is earned, it has more value and is worth keeping. The Young Marine program is not a program for couch potatoes. It is a challenging, exciting and motivating program that requires a commitment to excel. 

All parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to participate in the Parent Support Group which helps plan, organize and carry out many of our Young Marine activities, fundraisers and operations. Parents play a big part in their child’s success.  We highly encourage parents to be part of the program whether it’s helping their son or daughter with learning their basic Young Marine skills to volunteering in unit activities.  The biggest commitment a parent has to make is to assure your son or daughter comes to drill and takes advantage of opportunities the Young Marines have to offer.

Drop Off - 5:45pm - Parents will sign in the Young Marine and are then free to leave. Until signed in, the Young Marine is the responsibility of the parent and should not be left on the grounds.

Pick Up- 9:00pm - Parent will sign out the Young Marine at the end of the meeting and receive any appropriate materials and get any necessary information that is passed at this time. Until the Young Marine has been signed out, they are not to leave the grounds.


The Young Marines of the Palm Beaches’ cost to register is $400, $75 of which is due at the time of enrollment. The $325 balance will be due the 7th week of boot camp so the supply officer may order their uniforms and other gear. 
By graduation your Young Marine will have received all the necessary uniforms and gear.

Annual re-registration costs $45.00 due August 15th of each year the Young Marine is in the program.  These dues cover National and Unit dues in order to sustain minimal overhead expenses.. 

Please see our New Member Enrollment page for enrollment package.  If you would like additional information please feel free to contact us at or

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