Marine Corps League # 1284 Road Detachment      

A Proud Tradition of Excellence
Detachment Activities And Scholarship Award Information Page
Marine Corps Birthday and Ball:

We celebrate the birth of the Marine Corps and our Anniversary with our annual Marine Corps Ball.  Members and firends join us in the celebration. Private Donations are used to help defray the costs.  Refer to the Calendar of Events Page for more information.

Flag Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies:

We participate in Local Flag Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies in the area.

Memorial Day Parade:

We march in the Manville Memorial Day Parade.  Many of our members are VFW and American Legion members and their posts will be joining us in the parade.


Marine Corps League Scout Awards Program 

The Marine Corps League truly believes that the youth of today are tomorrow's leaders.  The League's Boy Scout Committee is responsible for recognizing local Boy Scout Troop Members for their accomplishments in scouting.  Every scout who reaches the rank of Eagle Scout is presented a citizenship award.  The ceremony is usually held in conjunction with his local troop's Court of Honor ceremony.

Upon request, a Marine Corps League # 1284 Road Detachment Marine(s) will attend your next Eagle Scout Court of Honor and present a Good Citizenship Award certificate and Patch from the Marine Corps League to your new Eagle Scout.   To initiate recognition by the detachment, the supporting Boy Scout Troop should submit a request in writing to the detachment.  

If you have any questions regarding the League's Eagle Scout Awards Program, please contact us via e-mail or at the following phone number.  Our Detachments Scouting Coordinator for this program is Michael Drobny.


Scholarship Awards Program

MCL Detachments fund scholarships through donations from Individuals, Community Groups, and Members and Subordinate units of the MCL and it's Auxiliary.  In that theme, MCL #1284 Road Detachment, has approved the disbursement of up to three (3) scholarships for $500 each.  

Eligible students applicants must be current residents of Somerset County and currently enrolled in a high school located in Somerset County - OR - a US Military Veteran who resides in Somerset County and is enrolling in an accrediated College/University or Trade School.  

Selected applicants MUST attend the Detachments June meeting (4th Wednesday of the Month, @ 7:30PM, @ Manville-Hillsborough Elks Lodge # 2119) to receive their Award and must agree to the use of their name and photograph to be published by various media sources (local newspapers, our Detachment Facebook Page and Website, and other sources utilized by the Detachment to demonstrate its' community support and involvement).

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    Annual Food Drive

Each year we collected hundreds of food items that are immediately donated to the Somerset County Food Bank.  In addition, we purchase and donate $20 Food Gift Cards to the Food Bank so they can give out to needy individuals and families for items that are not supplied by the Food Bank.  We will be accepting Non-Perishable Food and Drink.  In addition, we will also be accepting Case Lots from Local Establishments and Schools.   And don't forget out 4 legged companions, we will be accepting food for them as-well.

Last year, radio station New Jersey 101.5 FM was there with its Prize Van.  The Radio Station publicize this event 3 days 
before and on the day the event.  The event will also be reported in the area newspaper's and as-well-as the results. 

This was the 3rd year that we will be holding our Food Drive at ShopRite of Somerville, located on Veterans Blvd., Somerville NJ.  Hours are from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Veterans Hospital Donations

Each year we do our annual donation to VA Hospitals.  The Detachment delivers to Lyons VA Hospital several boxes of needed items.  The boxes, which contained several hundreds dollars worth of clothing, was greatly appreciated and needed by the Veterans at the Hospital.  The clothing consisted of 200 (each) t-shirts, boxers, crew socks, and diabetic socks.

Toys-for-Tots Campaign

      This year, like the last, our Marine Detachment is once again involved in the US Marine Corps Reserves' Toys-for-Tots campaign.  Since 1947, Marines have been making Christmas wishes come true for needy children.  Our Detachments Toys-for-Tots Campaign makes a difference in the lives of the less fortunate children of our community.  Last year approximately 100 children in our area received toys through Toys-for-Tots.  This year we expect the need to be greater than last, and we ask the people in the communities we serve to help us help. 

       For the many of us who volunteer who make Toys-for-Tots possible year after year, Toys-for-Tots embodies the true spirit of Christmas. A toy may seem unimportant to some people, but to a child at Christmas it is the MOST important thing in the world. The gift of a shiny new toy - something that most children take for granted - means to a needy child that someone cares, that he/she hasn’t been forgotten, that Christmas hasn’t passed him/her by.  

      Our Detachment believes that “Every Child deserves a Little Christmas,” and we are asking you to help us send the needy children of our community a message of hope this Christmas through the gift of a new toy.   We will be happy to meet with any 
potential corporate sponsors to discuss the Toys for Tots Program in greater detail, and how your company can help. 

      You individually can help this year by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at a local toy drop off location.  Just look for a Toys-for-Tots Poster in the window.  Our 2012 drop off location is at the the American Legion Post 304 in Manville, NJ. 

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