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US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

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Causes: Children & Youth, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: We provide compelling, life-changing programs for America’s youth that teach them the values of teamwork, discipline, service, and ethical leadership through our passionate all-volunteer force and our partnerships with the Navy and Coast Guard.

Target demographics: We are creating our nation's next generation of leaders.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015, we provided leadership and training experience to more than 9,500 cadets, age 10 through the completion of high school.

Geographic areas served: We have more than 380 units in 46 states, as well as in Guam and Puerto Rico

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of the program for 7 years. In that time he has developed a healthy sense of responsibility, citizenship, leadership and character. He has grown into a man that knows no limits to what he can accomplish. There are several things I as a parent, love about this program. The experiences he has had are beyond belief. Everything from volunteering in the community to cruising on a front line aircraft carrier in the Pacific to training with some of the military's finest special operations personnel on an active military base and the list goes on. In addition he has been exposed to other young adults with very high aspirations as well as a group of great adult volunteers that serve as mentors constantly guiding, pushing and motivating him. All in all I can't imagine a better youth program to get your child a head start in life.

Donor

Rating: 5

As you approach "55", I'd like to say that the USNSCC is the absolute best thing to happen to my son bar none. A proud member for almost six years...learning honor and integrity plus some amazing training experiences he'll no doubt remember for the rest of his life. 2017 has been an amazing year. From USNSCC Advanced SCUBA & Rescue Dive Cert. at Pearl Harbor, HI to MIDN 4/C at United States Naval Academy. Congratulations and here's to another 55.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son completed this program from age 10-18. He ended as a chief petty officer. My husband and I both volunteer for the program and our son has now returned as a midshipman. The program has given us much more than we have given it. Our son learned how to be a leader, discipline and respect. He is proud of his country and is a productive citizen. We owe much of this to the program. As a volunteer, it is very rewarding to influence and watch young people advance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My youngest son joined this program over ten years ago. He growth in confidence as a person and willingness to try new things grew greatly during this time. He attended a nine-day boot camp. The growth in him was very noticeable in just those nine days. He attend many other trainings, participated in many events and became a youth leader in the program. He has since joined the Navy and has a successful career as a IT aboard a destroyer. I joined the program six months later as an adult volunteer. The program allowed me to learn and practice skills that I didn't use in my career as an engineering technician at Intel. I became a leader in the program along with leadership positons in veterans advocacy at the state level. I grew as much as any cadet. My other two sons while not members of the program were able to grow from secondary affects of the program. I was a 100% single Dad of the three young men in the picture below and the cost of the program was very reasonable. Though if you become an active adult volunteer you might end up donating significant time and some money to the program. It isn't all training as the cadets have fun, meet Pearl Harbor Survivors and participate in parades as a color guard at the Navajo Nation Days Parade in Window Rock AZ. The training programs are widespread and the more technically demanding ones are taught by professionals. While I am moving on at the end of the year due to opportunities in veterans advocacy, I will continue to advocate and support this fine program. The kids meet great other kids, meet Senators, Astronauts, military veterans from various time periods. Training courses available including boot camp, STEM, leadership and many others along with a possibility of international travel. A cadet and adults will get out of it what you put in to it including leadership, respect, character building and confidence in themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While on active duty as a Navy Nurse I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local unit, first as the Medical Officer, then as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is by far the best volunteer, non-profit organization I have worked with. The programs they support through private and government donations are able to shape America's youth and the next generation workforce using the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. The administrative costs for the organization are extremely low so you know your donations are being used directly for programs to support the cadets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent six years in this program and loved every second. I ate, drank, and slept it. My dream and passion was to serve in the military afterwords, but due to a severe sunken chest, it was hard to get a waiver. Instead of becoming upset and depressed, I took what the program had taught me, and 4 years later I am a wife, homeowner, and now own my own personal training business. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if it wasn't for the unforgettable experience, lifelong lessons, discipline, and opportunities the program gave me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program has done wonders for my son who is been in it for three years. He has made new friends had adventures in his recently completed tecruit training. My husband and I both volunteer because we know it is such a worthy cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to explain how amazing this program is. I've been volunteering with them for four years now and I plan to for as long as I can. I've seen first hand how this program changes lives. The cadets are incredible young people and this program brings out the best in them. The USNSCC pushes them to their limits and they exceed all expectations. This program is traini by the future leaders and protectors of the USA and they will completely succeed in doing so with the lessons and skills learned in the USNSCC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joined The Pasco Division in Pasco County Florida in 1988. I was privileged enough to attend Corpsman Training. Coast Guard Stations all over the country and 3 International Exchanges. The leadership skills and skills I developed over the years are still applicable today. I can honestly say the Corps changed my life. I met my Husband while on the 1993 Bermuda Exchange. Over the years we lived in Bermuda my husband a Lt. In the Bermuda Corps and I were escort officers for several of the International Exchanges. The Sea Cadets gave me a confidence and inner strength I still carry today.

Margaret85

Client Served

Rating: 5

The USNSCC shaped the person I am today. I was a cadet from 1998 to 2005, and later was a midshipman in the program. I am extremely grateful to the staff/volunteers for teaching me the value of perseverance, discipline, patriotism, pride, and teamwork. I went to various medical and foreign exchange programs through Sea Cadets, and had selected a career path and lifetime goals far earlier than my non Sea Cadet peers that I have achieved. My teens were also far less turbulent because I had caring and attentive adults to turn to when I needed them. I am forever grateful for the gifts and memories from the Sea Cadet program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The USNSCC changed my life. My teenage years were filled with purpose and personal growth as a result of this program. I met and worked with incredible mentors who helped me to aspire to a career in nursing and to a fulfilling life as an adult. When I have kids, I truly hope they will participate in the USNSCC. It is truly one of a kind!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So far, the decision to join Sea Cadets has been one the very best decisions of my life. Instead of sitting at home playing video games during winter, spring, and summer breaks I got to do things like qualify for an advanced SCUBA certification diving in Key Largo, FL, pilot a yard patrol ship around Lake Michigan, build underwater remote control vehicles, torpedoes, and rockets from scratch at Camp Pendleton, fight to harden networks against professional hackers during the National Finals CyberPatriot competition in Washington, DC, sail a 19th‐century schooner around Catalina Island off the California coast and earn an expert marksmanship ribbon with an M4. It wasn't all just fun and games, though. A large part of the program is giving back to the community through hundreds of hours of volunteer service and honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Whether providing escort services for WWII honor flights or ringing the bell during a sunrise memorial while widows watch the ashes of their fallen SEAL husbands be spread across the ocean, I know what I do makes a difference in the lives of others. Over the past six years I have developed valuable leadership skills and learned so much more than I ever believed possible. Sea Cadets is an INCREDIBLE youth program!

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2 Nicole183

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter began her journey with the sea cadets over a year ago. This has been a blessing to our family. Faith is extremely talented and smart but she had no direction. When she came home telling us she wanted to join the navy upon graduation I began research. That's when I came across the Sea Cadets. I didn't even know this existed and we have military background. Since the first drill I have watched her grow and learn. She takes on new challenges and has gained a confidence she never had before. She's one of only 3 sharp shooters in her unit and the only female sharp shooter. The staff care about the children and guide them in their strengths and help with their weaknesses. I could write a book about the program. You won't regret a moment. Honor. Courage. Commitment.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps when I was in Eight Grade. I've always knew what I wanted to do in the, but I never knew how to get to that path. The USNSCC gave me knowledge, opportunities and the tools to get me to the right direction to achieve my dreams of flying. I am very humble that I joined the USNSCC. Without the guidance of the USNSCC, I don't think I would be flying today.
This is my last year as a Sea Cadet, I am extremely grateful for this excellent program and I can confidentially say that I am ready to overcome the challenges in my near future!

Thank you letting me be apart of this excellent program.

Hooyah Sea Cadets.

Virginia36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our daughter has gotten so much out of Sea Cadets in less than a year. Met new people, made new friends, went to Canada and Sea Air and Space in Maryland.

1 Liz_94

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old has been a League Cadet for a year. She went from almost failing school to A's in PreAP classes. She's developed focus, commitment, and made friends she will have for life. There is no better youth organization out there!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son joined when he was 12 and attained CPO before he graduated from high school. He continued as an adult leader after graduation. I started working with our local unit shortly after he joined. I have now been with them for 14 years. I have witnessed cadets grow and learn and mature. They have developed leadership skills, learned self-reliance and teamwork. I have watched their eyes light up when they get to try new things that they never knew existed. I've seen them burst with pride when in their uniforms during ceremonies and parades. I've witnessed cadets step up and help their younger or newer shipmates with the basics of their book work or marching, shining their shoes or remembering their general orders. The cadets have developed long-lasting friendships with other cadets across the nation and around the world through the numerous training opportunities available. I've had the pleasure of writing recommendation letters for cadets applying to the academies and colleges. I've had an even bigger pleasure of receiving thank you letters from former cadets.
I'm so glad we found this program.

2 Jeanine H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an Army veteran and never knew about the Sea Cadets until my son heard about it from a friend and decided to check it out. Well, 2 years into it he was getting SO much out of it I decided I needed to volunteer as an instructor to give back to the organization that had given my son such a great foundation. It's been a year now and WOW!! I believe I am getting just as much out of it as my now 15 year old son! The friends I've made and the fun I have had is just amazing! The Sea Cadet program has far exceeded my expectation and my sons' and has taught him SO many things - from basic citizenship, to first aid to survival skills and that doesn't even count all the Navy related instruction! Too may things to list but I can easily give this organization 5 stars!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The US Naval Sea Cadet program is an awesome program that has provided my kids and thousands of others with opportunities they would never have had. The program teaches our youth how to be servant leaders, how to have self-confidence pushes them to achieve new heights. It isn't summer camp ... it will test them ... and they will learn they can do more and be more than they ever thought they could! The program shapes today's youth into tomorrow's leaders!

2 Laura336

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 17 year old son joined the Naval Sea Cadets 15 months ago and I can't begin to emphasize the impact this program has had on him. His grades have improved, he has more self confidence, and he has learned many valuable life lessons that most teenagers don't learn until they are adults. He attended a 2 week "recruit training" which started the day after Christmas last year. He has learned to present colors prior to Professional sporting events and in parades as part of the Sea Cadets color guard. They attended a Navy Football game last fall, they have had several camp outs and learned how to safely shoot a weapon. He learned the basics of scuba diving, how to rock climb, and survival skills (including how to trap and eat a rabbit and which plants are edible)

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was in this program and eventually enlisted in the Navy. The program taught him responsibility, honor, love for his country and true appreciation for the freedom he enjoyed. He grew to be an honorable man who served others and put his country and his family before himself. He learned how to be self-sufficient and knew that he was responsible for the way his life was lived. He never expected anyone to give him admiring but knew that he had to earn it. He shared this with cadets that came after him and was proud to be able to teach them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a young 14-year old in the late '60's, I wanted nothing more than to join the US Navy. I loved ships, watched naval movies and drew pictures of ships in class when I was supposed to be doing classwork. When I heard about the USNSCC having a unit at the old USN/USMC Reserve Training Center in San Bernardino, CA (long gone), I jumped at the chance to attend the next weekly meeting. I immediately joined and it wasn't long before I got to go on my first weekend training cruise aboard the USS Hooper, DE -1026 (also sadly long gone) based out of the Long Beach Naval Station (ALSO long gone...seems to be a pattern here). I was taught and learned hard, not only about seamanship but about discipline (always drew the mid-watch for some reason), dedication, responsibility and teamwork. The following Summer, I attended Recruit Training (Boot Camp) in San Diego. For a 15 year old, the training was amazing...fire-fighting, gunnery, swimming, marching and of course memorizing the dreaded 11 General Orders. Having my head shaved was just part of the fun. Seriously, I cannot think of any other youth organization that can have such a positive life-long impression than this one. Things I learned 45 years ago I still hold dear. I would recommend the organization to any young person as a valuable learning tool.