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The Calvert County Young Marines will host an open house for any potential recruits and their parents at the American Legion in Chesapeake Beach on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon. All who are interested in joining the program are encouraged to attend this open house.

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

For more information, please visit, send an email to or call Unit Commander Rob Willis at 240-577-1489.

Jerry “Jake” Kepich, Chesapeake Beach

The writer is the executive officer of the Calvert County Young Marines.