This is the 62nd year since a youth group was organized by members of the Waterbury, Connecticut, Brass City Detachment of the Marine Corps League, to march in a community parade in 1958. A year later the group was opened to the public and on October 17, 1965, it was chartered by the Marine Corps League as the first unit of a national youth program named Young Marines. This month we celebrate our 55th birthday.
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'It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.' 'If there is no struggle, there is no progress.' (Frederick Douglass)
Proudly the Home Unit of the 2014-2015 SgtMaj of the Young Marines, YM SgtMaj Blake DeWeese.
Welcome to the Oregon Cascade Young Marines website. We are also informally known as the Portland Young Marines or the Swan Island Training Center Young Marines (SITCYM). We welcome new members who have or want to have grit (passion and perseverance for long-term goals). The most current information about becoming a member and participating in our next recruit training is on the Information-Recruiting Officer web page.
We also have information on web pages of the Young Marines website at YoungMarines.com:
The Young Marines was founded in 1958 and chartered by the Marine Corps League in 1965 to promote the mental, moral and physical development of young Americans. The Young Marines offers a variety of activities specifically designed to develop greater self-esteem, discipline and self-confidence in its members. Character building is one of the most important objectives of the Young Marine 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. Young Marines make a pledge to maintain a drug free lifestyle and are encouraged to influence family, friends, and schoolmates to share this commitment.
The goal of physical fitness of all Young Marines is an important part of the program. A minimum of two officially recorded physical fitness tests (PFT) are required every year. The President's Challenge is administered as the official Young Marines PFT. Estimate a PFT Score with the PFT Score Estimator.
Qualifications for youth membership can be found on our website at the Performance Requirements for Rank of Recruit web page. The Oregon Cascades Young Marines will annually open membership and offer Recruit Training, usually starting in January, consisting of 8 Saturday training sessions. Parents of youth between the ages of 8 through high school who are interested in membership and attending our next Boot Camp will need to attend a pre-registration orientation meeting prior to the recruit training. Parents of interested youth may subscribe to our Notification List with Waiting List to be kept informed, and may optionally provide information about a potential recruit, including contact information. For more information or answers to specific questions, send a message to the Oregon Cascade Information-Recruiting Officer.
Who the Young Marines are:
A 501(c)3 (Federal Identification Number 38-2346425) non-profit;
A youth services and education program; and
For boys and girls eight through high school
What the Young Marines do:
We teach the values of Leadership, Teamwork, and Discipline;
We instill a sense of self-discipline and respect for others;
We teach the value of the role model through positive leadership at the lowest possible level;
We teach the value of maintaining a healthy, drug-free lifestyle;
We teach why it's important to take responsibility for your actions; and
A host of other related objectives to include but not be limited to:
A respect for veterans
Who the Young Marines are not:
We are not a recruiting tool for the military;
We are not an "in your face" program;
We are not a paramilitary youth group;
We are not chartered by the Marine Corps;
We are not chartered by Congress; and
We are neither sponsored or funded by the Marine Corps League.
Young Marines Obligation
From this day forward, I sincerely promise I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon my God, my Country, and its flag, my parents, myself, or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis
The Young Marines Creed
1. Obey my parents and all others in charge of me whether young or old.
2. Keep myself neat at all times without others telling me to.
3. Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.
4. Keep my mind alert to learn in school, at home, or at play.
5. Remember having self-discipline will enable me to control my body and mind in case of an emergency.