YM Recruit Training - "Boot Camp"

All applicants, ages eight to completion of high school, attend an orientation night and complete an indoctrination process affectionately called "boot camp", usually spread out over several monthly meetings. This training instills a sense of pride and personal accomplishment, forming the basis of confidence and self-esteem. Graduation day is always a proud and memorable day for the Young Marine and his/her family, parents and friends. It is the day that you earn the distinguished title of Young Marine and you wear, with pride, the uniform of a Young Marine. From this day forward, you are a member of an esteemed group of young Americans who are making a difference in their lives, the lives of others, their community and their country.  Applicants must have never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving weapons or child abuse.

Boot Camp subjects include:

  • Customs and courtesies
  • History & traditions of the United States
  • Physical fitness education
  • Discipline & citizenship
  • Uniform regulations & personal hygiene
  • Close order drill
  • Self discipline and self respect

Have what it takes? Find out at Orientation!

Our next boot camp begins January 13, 2018. Lewis & Clark holds just one boot camp annually!! Take this into consideration when deciding to enroll your child/ren or not into the program for this recruit class.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Potential Young Marines and at least one parent or guardian MUST attend one of the following orientations in order to join the Lewis and Clark Young Marines.

Orientations are:
Thu, 10/12/17 6:30PM TO 9PM (Poolies)
          *Poolie with a parent or guardian must attend
Thu, 11/16/17 6:30PM TO 9PM

Thu, 12/14/17  6:30PM TO 9PM

Sat, 12/16/17 9AM to 12PM

Thu, 1/12/17 6:30PM TO 9PM

To reserve a seat at our next boot camp be sure to complete this no obligation form and our recruiter will contact you with more details. For more information on becoming a member of the Lewis and Clark Young Marines email our unit recruiter at recruiter{at}lcym.org.

No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability or national origin
or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination. 

January 13, 2018 - Recruit Class 24 begins

 If you have questions, don't hesitate to email our recruiter at recruiter{at}lcym.org and they'll be glad to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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January 13, 2018 [MANDATORY]
January 27, 2018 Initial Knowledge & Strength Testing
February 9 - February 10, 2018 **Overnighter
February 24, 2018 
March 9 - March 10, 2018 **Overnighter [MANDATORY] (Final Testing)
March 24, 2018 Pictures & GRADUATION {at} 1400 [MANDATORY]

Drill days run from 0745 to 1630. 
**Overnighters run from 7PM Friday to 1630 on the Saturday.

What Does It Cost to Join the Lewis and Clark Unit?

We offer three payment options.

  • (A) One-Payment Plan - $150. Payment 1 $150 is due upon turning in the completed recruit application. 
  • (B) Two-Payment Plan - $175. Payment 1 $100 is due upon turning in the completed recruit application and Payment 2 $75 is due 02/10/18. 
  • (C) Four-Payment Plan - $200. Payment 1 $50 is due upon turning in the completed recruit application, Payment 2 $50 is due 01/13/18, Payment 3 $50 is due 02/10/18, and Payment 4 $50 is due 03/10/18. 

There is a $125 annual re-registration fee due each September that covers the program costs for October 1 through September 30 each year. Your first years fee is prorated and included in the above listed payment options.

Step one: Let us know who you are!!

Can't Wait? Read below to get a head start!!

We will be offering a poolie class for recruits. This is a series of optional weekends and study nights for Young Marine Recruits that will help familiarize them with some of the program basics before the regular recruit cycle begins. It is a great way to help jump start your future Young Marine! The Poolie class will be having a stand-alone orientation for those interested in joining. Dates for the orientation and classes are as follows and the class size will be established and fixed at the Poolie-specific orientation.

*Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 6:30PM TO 9PM Orientation - 
          Poolie with a parent or guardian must attend
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017   8am-12pm, Poolie class
Saturday, Nov 4, 2017   8am-12pm, Poolie class
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017   8am-12pm, Poolie class
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017   8am-12pm, Poolie class

What is the Poolie Program??

The Poolie program bridges the gap between Orientation and the wait for the upcoming boot camp.

The Poolie program is NOT boot camp; it is an INTRODUCTION to the Young Marine program, the expectancy of being a Young Marine, and the Young Marine way of life.

Recruits who have attended orientation, completed paperwork and have paid the additional $25 poolie fee may begin attending our Poolie drill dates and work with a Poolie Drill Instructor on various activities of the Young Marines and better prepare them for their first day of Boot Camp when they will meet their Senior Drill Instructor for the first time.

While we feel those who go through the Poolie program are better prepared, the Poolie program is NOT required; it is simply a tool for those anxious to become Young Marines to get started right away.

To reserve a seat at our next boot camp be sure to complete this no obligation form and our recruiter will contact you with more details. For more information on becoming a member of the Lewis and Clark Young Marines email our unit recruiter at recruiter{at}lcym.org.

No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, age, disability or national origin or otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination.

How to Volunteer as an Adult

Being a registered adult leader in the Young Marines program is a privilege not a right with great responsibility, accountability and reward.  No adults, including former Young Marines, are allowed to regularly work with Young Marines unless they are properly registered, approved and set to active in the Young Marine National Headquarters Database.  Adult volunteers properly registered with the Young Marines National Headquarters are covered by liability and accident insurance.  To become one of our Registered Adult Volunteers (RA) you must first meet the following conditions:

    • Must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or equivalent;
    • Must agree to abide by the By Laws, Rules and Regulations that govern the Young Marines;
    • Must pay all fees and dues as prescribed by the Young Marines Board of Directors and unit bylaws;
    • Must agree to complete background checks upon request and serve under the Unit Commander's direction;
    • Must submit all documentation in accordance with the Registered Adult Manual and unit bylaws;
    • Must not have been convicted of a felony nor a misdemeanor involving weapons or child abuse;
    • Must not have a discharge from the Armed Forces of the U. S. A. under conditions other than Honorable;
    • Must not have been a member of an organization listed as subversive by the U.S. Attorney General’s office;
    • Must not have been adjudged insane nor been convicted of child/elder abuse or similar offense

If you meet the above requirements:

    • Schedule a meeting with the Unit Commander, Executive Officer and Adjutant; (admin@lcym.org)
    • Complete a National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) background check;
    • Complete annual BSA Youth Protection training, which is required of all LCYM volunteers; Online training includes: Ten to one adult ratio with a minimum two-deep adult leadership on all events, the buddy system, respect for youth privacy, and a strict no hazing or bullying policy.
    • Attain three original letters of references (please ensure that your references place their name, address, and telephone number on their letter); Letters need to be written by a non-relative, within 6 months, with an original signature, and have a phone number, home address and email. The letter should state that the person is known to the writer (one year minimum) and say something to the effect that he or she is of good character and that the writer believes that the person being recommended will work well with young people.  Form letters and letters from adults already registered with YMNHQ will not be accepted.
    • Complete and submit the Volunteer Registered Adult Application;
    • Provide a 2X2-inch recent color photo of yourself. Head and shoulders only