Welcome to the Young Marines

We are the Saddleback Young Marines, located in the most Northern part of Camp Pendleton, CA. The northern most cantonment (or camp) aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is Camp Talega. Established during the Marine Corps’ acquisition of Camp Pendleton in 1942, Camp Talega, also known as 64 Area, is the only section of Camp Pendleton that is not part of San Diego County.  This camp was also known as “Tent Camp 3½”.This camp started out as a tent camp when the Base was first occupied by the Marine Corps but in the subsequent years Quonset Huts were added to the camp and has remained that way since 1958.In April 1975, the first of four Vietnamese resettlement camps was established at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as part of Operation New Arrivals, the largest humanitarian airlift in history.  Camp Talega was a vital part of housing, feeding, and processing well over 50,000 Vietnamese refugees during the period of May through November 1975.

 We are proud to be a part of our nation’s premiere, award-winning program for boys and girls between the ages of eight and eighteen.The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through the completion of high school. The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school. Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings, in 1959, with one unit and handful of boys, the organization has grown respectively with units throughout the country and overseas.

Upon joining a local Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. This orientation is called Recruit Training. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure. After graduating from Young Marine Recruit Training, the youth have the opportunity to learn even more new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards. Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education.

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Strengthening the lives of America's youth
A national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Headquarters Young Marines
17739 Main Street, Suite 250
Dumfries, VA 22026

800-717-0060 Phone
202-315-3594 Fax

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