SABATTUS – Lewiston/Auburn area youths are invited to become members of the Young Marines of Central Maine, a group for youth ages 10 to 18, male and female.

New recruits will spend their first several Saturdays in a boot camp-style indoctrination during which the fundamentals of military drill, Marine Corps customs and courtesies, civilian courtesies and physical fitness will be taught.

Once the recruits have made it through boot camp, other subjects will include first aid, wilderness survival and CPR. The program promotes a drug-free lifestyle, develops mental, moral and physical progress, emphasizes honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty and devotion to duty and reinforces the value of academics and patriotism.

Teachers and parents are an important part of the program, as improvements in grade averages is considered by Young Marines staff. The teachers and parents are asked to evaluate how the program affects students in class and at home.

The initial cost is $25 and a $2 drill fee is charged for each drill after. Uniforms may be purchased by the piece or as a uniform. The cost is $78.25.

The Young Marines meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. every other Saturday, excluding holidays, at the Sabattus American Legion Post.

For more information, contact Bob Juneau at [email protected] or 375-8166; in the Brunswick area, call Larry Joy at 725-5428.

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