Through the years, the Young Marines has received scores of awards from various organizations. Many Young Marines and adult volunteers receive individual awards for community service and dedication to the nation’s veterans. In fact, there are too many to list here.

Below are recognitions for first-rate work as a program:

Young Marines win Fulcrum ShieldFulcrum Shield Award from the Department of Defense

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Fulcrum Shield Award recognizes military-affiliated youth organizations around the world that have made intensive efforts at spreading anti-drug messages in local communities. The Young Marines has won this award more than any other youth organization -  an astounding 13 times!


  • 2023 - Potomac River Young Marines, Washington, DC
  • 2022 - Guadalupe Valley Young Marines, Seguin, Texas
  • 2020 - Manassas Young Marines, Manassas, Virginia
  • 2019 - Miami Valley Young Marines, Huber Heights, Ohio
  • 2017 - Miami Valley Young Marines, Huber Heights, Ohio
  • 2016 - East Valley Young Marines, Chandler, Arizona
  • 2015 - Young Marines’ drug education program - Closing the Gate on Drugs
  • 2014 - Division 3 Young Marines
  • 2012 - National Young Marines program
  • 2009 - Tehama County Young Marines, Red Bluff, California
  • 2007 - Douglas County Young Marines, Douglas County, Colorado
  • 2003 - Bakersfield Young Marines, Bakersfield. California
  • 2001 - National Young Marines program

Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Award from the Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Award honors six Young Marines units, one award per division, and the national winner is chosen from these six for drug demand reduction efforts through community education and peer-to-peer role modeling.

2022 Winners:

  • Division One – Gettysburg Young Marines, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Division Two – Southern Maryland Young Marines, Lexington Park, Maryland
  • Division Three – Atlantic Coast Young Marines, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Division Four and National Winner – Mountain View Young Marines, Centennial, Colorado
  • Division Five –Fox Valley Young Marines, Elgin, Illinois
  • Division Six – Miramar Young Marines, San Diego, California

Communications Awards

Telly Award

The Telly Award honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.

Silver Telly

  • 2021 - Tomorrow's Leaders in the category of Non-Profit

Bronze Telly

  • 2021 - Code Talkers in the category of Virtual Events
  • 2021 - Pearl Harbor in the category of Virtual Events
  • 2021 - Tomorrow's Leaders in the category of General Documentary
  • 2014 - Young Marines News Network in the category of Online Video
  • 2013 - Young Marines News Network in the category of Online Video

Golden Trumpet Award

The Publicity Club of Chicago’s Golden Trumpet award honors distinguished achievement of public relations:

  • 2015 - Outstanding achievement in the Young Marine’s public relations

Pyramid Award

Promotional Products Association International award recognizes the design, production and implementation of products:

  • 2016 - Internal Communications Program for the “Closing the Gate on Drugs" kit
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

Combined Federal Campaign # 11954

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