Young Marines Summer Programs of Adventures, Challenges  and Encampments refers to our summer programs available to qualifying Young Marines. Junior, Senior and Advanced Leadership Schools at the National Leadership Academy, the Great Amercian History Adventure, Space Camp, Space Academy, Aviation Mach II and Mach III Challenges, National Outdoor Leadeship School, SCUBA and Master SCUBA Diver Schools and the National Encampment are activities that expand and enrich the Young Marines experience. Click on the SPACES logo to the left for all of the details.

 

 

 

 

 The National Leadership Academy

The Advanced Leadership School is a leadership program for Young Marines who have exhibited exceptional maturity and leadership skill in their units. Adult leaders often call upon this Young Marine to handle leadership situations and provide the inspiration to those under their charge. This two-week school is an intense train-the-trainer program. The first week is devoted to honing skills in leadership, close order drill, physical training, and techniques of military instruction. In the second week, the student serves in various leadership and instructor/mentor positions in support of the Junior/ Senior Leadership School.

The three training pillars of the Young Marines Program are teaching self-discipline, team building, and Leadership development. The Senior Leadership School (SLS) is the second step leadership school in the Young Marine Program. It is designed to help those Young Marines who have completed Junior Leadership School (JLS) (YM/Sergeants and Staff Sergeants) master the art of interpersonal and leadership skills. Upon completion of this school, the Young Marine graduate should have a working knowledge of the nine performance objectives in the Senior Guide book.

The three training pillars of the Young Marines Program are teaching self-discipline, team building, and Leadership development. The Junior Leadership School (JLS) is the most junior leadership school in the Young Marine Program. It is designed to help the Junior Young Marine Corporals and mature Basic Young Marine Lance Corporals develop interpersonal and leadership skills. Upon completion of this school, the Young Marine graduate should have a working knowledge of the nine performance objectives in the Junior Guide book.

 

 

 

 

 The Great American History Adventure

The Great American History Adventure (GAHA) is an education program designed to stimulate an interest in, and respect for the history and traditions of the United States by providing Young Marines an opportunity to visit sites in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Virginia, and Washington, DC. In the Boston area you would visit places such as: Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Plantation, the Adams’ Homestead, Salem, follow the freedom trail through the streets of Boston and see the Old North Church, the site of the Boston Massacre and Paul Revere’s house. In New York you would see places like: Central Park, Ground Zero and visit the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island. In Philadelphia you will see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Visit Battlefield sites such as Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Antietam, and Harpers Ferry. While in Virginia we will visit Jamestown, Yorktown, Richmond (Civil War Museum), Quantico (Marine Corps Museum), and visit sites in Washington DC.

 

 

 

US Space and Rocket Center

The Space Camp Adventure (SCA) is an education program designed to stimulate an interest an interest in math and science by providing Young Marines age 11 with the opportunity to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The Young Marines will select one of three tracks: Space, Robotics, or Aviation. Visit www.spacecamp.com/spacecamp/camp for more details.

The Space Academy Adventure (SAA) is an education program designed to stimulate an interest an interest in math and science by providing Young Marines with the opportunity to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The Young Marines will select one of three tracks: Space, Robotics, and Aviation. Visit www.spacecamp.com/spacecamp/academy for more details.

The Aviation Mach II Adventure (AMA) is an education program designed to stimulate an interest in aviation by providing Young Marines with the opportunity to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The adventure includes a week of action packed flight training in a state of the art flight simulator of a F-18 Hornet. It will test the Young Marine’s land and water survival and wilderness skills. Visit www.spacecamp.com/aviation and click on the Mach II link for more details.

The Aviation Mach III Challenge (AMC III) is an education program designed to stimulate an interest in aviation by providing Young Marines with the oppotunity to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The challenge includes action packed flight training in a state of the art flight simulator of a F-18 Hornet and expert instruction by a former Special Forces Instructor in land and water survival and wilderness skills. Visit www.spacecamp.com/aviation and click on the Mach III link for more details.

 

 

 

 

National Outdoor Leadership School

The purpose of the Young Marine Outdoor Leadership School is based on wilderness leadership survival to create a more confident leader not only in the field but out. To create another avenue for better retention of teenaged Young Marines by challenging them to learn in a different environment.

 

 

 

 

                                                 SCUBA

The SCUBA Adventure gives Young Marines the opportunity to become thoroughly qualified in the “Aquatic” environment. Young Marines will be taught in the classroom, pool and ocean. Once the Young Marine has completed this course they will obtain their Basic, Advanced, Rescue SCUBA Diver and Life Guard Certifications. Registered Adult Chaperones will also participate in certain courses and all dives. Registered Adults must be physically fit and must be able to carry the same SCUBA gear as the Young Marines. All attendees will perform a prequalification test upon arrival. This test will include being able to swim 200 yards non-stop with (5) different swim strokes, tread water for 5 minutes with hands above water, and run two miles. Young Marines must be team players. Registered Adults must be able to learn from Young Marines. This is a very physically and mentally demanding course. Young Marines and Registered Adults must be prepared for long days, lots of physical activities and be able to rely on your buddy diver.

 “The Master Diver Program” is new to the Young Marines SCUBA Adventure. It will give Young Marines the opportunity to obtain one of the most coveted of diving certifications and become proficient in the “Aquatic” environment. The goal of a Master Diver is not an easy accomplishment. The hours can be long and the days can be challenging both physically and mentally. Young Marines will be taught in the classroom, pool and ocean. The Young Marines will learn a level of responsibility that they will experience from no other program. Once they have completed the program their Master Diver Certification, the Young Marines will also be awarded the Master Diver pin to wear on their uniforms. Note: Priority for this school is given to Young Marines National SCUBA school graduates. Young Marines must complete (50) dives to complete this course during the Master SCUBA Diver Adventure.

 
 

                                       National Encampment

The purpose of the Young Marine National Encampment is to provide a wilderness adventure for Young Marines to experience away from their home unit allowing Young Marines meet and interact with other Young Marines from across the country.