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Central Indiana Young Marines is a non-profit youth education and service program for boy and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is a 501c organization and is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.The purpose of the Young Marines is:


  1. To promote the mental, moral, and physical development of its members.

  2. To instill in its members the ideals of honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, attention to duty, love of God, and fidelity to our country and its institutions.

  3. To stimulate an interest in, and respect for, academic achievement and the history and traditions of the United States of America.

  4. To promote physical fitness through the conduct of physical activities, including participation in athletic events and close order drill.

  5. To advocate a drug-free lifestyle through a continual drug prevention education program.

About us

What We Are Not:



The Young Marines is not a summer camp, residentail program or a paramilitary organization. We do not teach warfare or combat. The Young Marines is not a recruiting program for the U.S. Marine Corps. It is not a boot camp for seriously troubled youth. We believe that discipline begins at home and is reinforced by good habits and proper supervision. We are not a “scared straight” program.


All Young Marines must be actively enrolled in public, private, or a certified home school. Failure to maintain enrollment in one of the above is grounds for dismissal from the program. You may be asked to provide documentation for proof of enrollment.


The Central Indiana Young Marines meet weekly from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Tuesday evenings at the Marine and Naval Reserve Center located at 9801 East 59th Street in Indianapolis.


For additional information, please contact one of our officers.