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Training address: GracePoint Church gym, 1915 N. Rd 84, Pasco WA 99301.
Mailing Address: 432 W. 20th Ave, Kennewick, WA 99337


The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school, which promotes mental, moral, and physical development. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, and is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

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The Columbia River Young Marines is one of over 300 units belonging to the national Young Marine Program. Started in 1958, the Young Marine program is one that endeavors to instill positive 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 4 Young Marine units in Washington State. The Columbia River Young Marines is located in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. Our unit serves youth from Finley, Kennewick, Richland, Pasco and Benton City and the surrounding area. We train at GracePoint Church gym, 1915 N. Rd 84, Pasco WA 99301 every other Thursday (6:00PM to 8:00PM) and every other Saturday (8:30AM to 2:30PM).

The Columbia River Young Marines, like other Young Marine units, is not a funded organization and relies on the hard work of the Young Marines through fundraising efforts and the benevolence of the business community and service organizations. The adult staff are all volunteer and composed of people with varying military and civilian backgrounds and professions.

In the Columbia River Young Marines our youth receive opportunities to build their pride and leadership skills through such challenging events like rappelling, physical fitness, camping, close order drill, swimming, land navigation and many other activities. They get opportunities to earn promotions and ribbons through their achievements and as they grow in skill. There are also travel opportunities as the Young Marines participate in National Schools or encampments with other units.

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 earn it. When something is earned, it has more value and is worth keeping. The Young Marine program is not a program for couch potatoes, or a baby-sitting service. It is a challenging, exciting and motivating program that requires commitment to excel.

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Updated: November 2016