Had an amazing time at California’s Boy State program. I got to create our own city, county and state governments to learn how it works.
I got the chance to meet the best of the best future citizens of California, I was also appointed the head of security under secret service for the governor of California.
I ran for Senate office, unfortunately I was not elected, but I learned a lot about the political process of running for office.
I have learned how corrupt politics can be if you have the wrong people in an office, and I have gained much more respect to politicians as they try to help improve the country that is tough job trying to get anyone to agree on anything almost seem impossible.
I wanted to thank the American Legion organization especially my local American Legion Post #426.
I get to spend next few days at home relaxing just for little bit because I leave for JROTC Air Force Summer Leadership School at March Air Force Base here in California for 7 days.
I check with you all later..
P.S. Below are some pictures from my Boys State Trip and few awards.
Group Photo of my City of Drake American Legion Boys State
I got to meet my California Senator Emerson
Here was my Boys State Identification, City of Drake, County of Haley
Here was our manual for the 76th Session of Boys State
Can you find me in my Navy Sweatshirt?
City Meeting with Boys State Delegates
We created our own City Seal for The City of Drake
Last night my dad was reading the Redlands Daily Facts online and found this article with my fellow Eagle Scout, Patrick Beaty.
We are both current members of Redlands Boy Scout Troop 11 and where selected for the Boys State Program.
There is actually another former member of Troop 11, who is also an Eagle Scout that was selected to attend Boys State Program. He is my former patrol member George Beal. Congrats to both of them for this great accomplishment.
Redlands Daily Facts Online Article – Andrew and Patrick selected to Boys State Program
Today I officially became a member of The Sons of American Legion(SALS) with my Dad. I never heard of the SALS until I was nominated to the American Legion Boy’s State program.
After hearing about about the SAL organization and how SAL’s mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion they place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
I knew this was place I love to volunteer my time. I qualified for membership because my Grandpa, George Samaniego served in Vietnam in the Army and my Granddad, Juan Orona, served in Vietnam in the Navy. I also learned my Great Grandpa, George Samaniego, was a Marine in Guadalcanal during WW2.
If your asking, what is Boy’s State, here is the official explanation:
American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills & an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program you, will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program.
Here is world famous newscaster, Tom Brokaw, talking about Boy’s State.