In the Orlando Devil Dogs Young Marines, 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, in
the US and Europe, as the Young Marines participate in National
Schools, adventures, or encampments with other units.
We are not molding 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 Marine 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.