The Young Marines of the Big Bend is the local unit of over three hundred Young Marine units of the national Young Marines of the Marine Corps League program. Founded in 1959, the Young Marines of the MCL program endeavors to instill positive, enduring values in today's boys and girls aged 8 to 18. Throughout our Nation, there are more than 14,000 young Americans being guided by an organization based on Marines giving back to their communities.

There are currently 14 Young Marines units in the State of Florida, stretched from Miami to Pensacola. The Young Marines of the Big Bend serves Tallahassee and the surrounding counties area. We meet at the Navy Operations Support Center at 2910 Roberts Avenue, Tallahassee. Please see the unit calendar for the dates and times we will be meeting.We must drill on a Navy Reserve drill weekend.  We currently meet on the second day (Sunday) of the drill weekend.

There is a one hundred seventy-five dollar ($175.00) registration fee for a recruit which covers all uniform, insurance and educational items. Payment is half due at beginning of training with balance due at graduation. Don't worry about money. We have been there, done that and couldn't afford the tee shirt. We will work with parents/families to cover the costs.

The Young Marines of the Big Bend, like all other Young Marines units, is not a government funded organization. We rely on the hard work of our Young Marines to raise our needed funds through various fundraising activities (car washes, candy sales, flag sales, etc.). We also rely on the benevolence of the business community and service organizations. The adult staff is all volunteer and consists of former Marines, YM family members and members from all different professions within our community.

In the Young Marines of the Big Bend our youth receive opportunities to build their pride and leadership skills through such challenging events as: rappelling; intense physical fitness training; camping; close order drill; swimming; land navigation and many other activities. They get opportunities to earn promotions and ribbons through their achievements as they develop their skills. There are also travel opportunities as the Young Marines participates in National Schools, adventures, or encampments with other units.

We are not molding United States Marines so we do not teach weapons, tactics or warfare operations. Neither are we a recruiting tool for the USMC. We are allowed to 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 give it, but we can provide the opportunities to earn it.

We hold that when something is earned it has more value and is worth defending and keeping. The Young Marines program is not a program for couch potatoes or a baby-sitting service. It is a challenging, exciting and motivating program that requires a commitment to excel in the academic, physical and social aspects of life.

 It all begins when you contact us to request more information about our next recruit class here in Tallahassee..

Won’t you consider making these opportunities available to your son or daughter?  Call 850-264-5414 or email






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MISSION 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. MOTTO Strengthening the lives of America's youth
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