Archive for Community Service

Memorial Day Service


Today I was honored to lead the Yucaipa High School JR ROTC Memorial Day Service in the City of Banning. It will also be the last time I wear my Air Force JR ROTC uniform and my next uniform will be that of the United States Navy when I attend to US Naval Academy Preparatory school at Naval Station, Newport, Rhode Island in July.

3rd Eagle Project this month – Alex Bottenberg

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This is our 3rd Eagle Project this month with Troop 11. This project was led by Alex Bottenberg. We painted the teen center at City of Yucaipa. I just realized this is my final Eagle Project I will participate in prior to leaving scouting.


Speaking Engagement -Fire up for Scouting

Builing Fire for Speed

I will be speaking this Wednesday evening at Boy Scout event, Fired Up For Scouting. Looking forward to sharing my story. See Details below

Fired Up For Scouting

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Our Yucaipa Youth Commission got to visit the new El Dorado park here in Yucaipa. It is a nature preserve with trails for hikers, horse back riding or bicyclist. It is truly beautiful and only about 1 mile from my home.

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Yucaipa Youth Commission Visits El Dorado Park

Keynote Speaker at California BSA’s Inland Empire Council Award Dinner

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I was honored to speak at the California Inland Empire Council’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner last night the Moreno Vally Conference and Recreation Center.

I was asked by Paul Foster, Mayor-Pro Tem of the City of Redlands, and Executive Board Member of the CIEC council to speak at this event.

The title of my speech was, “What Being an Eagle Scout Means to Me.”

Grand Opening Ceremony of El Dorado Park in Yucaipa

Yucaipa ROTC Color Guard

On Friday, I led the  Yucaipa High School Color Guard at the Grand Opening to El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. It was amazing 300+ acre park in Yucaipa in the foothills before Oak Glen. It was a nice surprise when Matt Knox, Congressman Paul Cook, District Coordinator, congratulated me for my recent nomination to the academies at the event.

Congressional Nomination Interview – Done

Andrew Samaniego

Today, my dad drove me up to Apple Valley to do my congressional nomination interview with Congressman Paul Cook’s office. There were 3 military representatives along with a local community leader and a member of Congressman Cook. I felt good after the interview and they said we should find out the results in a few weeks.

So now I am finally finished with applying and interviewing to 5 Service Academies, 9 colleges and two ROTC scholarship interviews.

The waiting game has begun and now it’s time for him to just enjoy that last 6 months of high school.

Andrew Samaniego

Andrew Samaniego

Congressman Cook, meet and greet in Yucaipa

Congressman Paul Cook at Yucaipa Meet and Greet.

Last night, my dad and I spent evening at Yucaipa Community Center where Congressman Col. Paul Cook (ret), hosted his first meet and greet since becoming the congressman for our district. It was standing room only. I got a chance to talk with Congressman Cook, and he wished me luck in my upcoming nomination interview with his office in a few weeks.

I was sitting with my ROTC Instructors, Col. Maldonado and Tech. Sgt.

Mayor Denise Hoyt at the event as well. Did you know that Mayor is one my assistant swimming coaches and the counselor to my Yucaipa Youth Advisory Committee.


Congressman Paul Cook at Yucaipa Meet and Greet.

Congressman Paul Cook at Yucaipa Meet and Greet.

Yucaipa JROTC Color Guard at Eagle Court of Honor

Andrew Samaniego

Yesterday was busy day.  After my 21 mile hike today, and I rushed out the door to an Eagle Court of Honor.

A member of my JROTC unit at Yucaipa High School became an Eagle Scout.I

I had to the pleasure to be part of his flag ceremony with other members from my JROTC unit.


Scouting for Food 2013 – Huge Success

Time to send this book to Food Bank.

This was my fifth year participating in Scouting for Food. This is not only of one of my favorite community service events, but my entire family loves being part of this program every year.

It was a long day of work that started at 8:00am in morning at we finally finished around 7pm

We collected over 10,000 pounds of food for our local food banks. Thank you to all the Scouts in Troop 11 and Pac 8. You guys where awesome today.

City of Yucaipa Appoints Youth Advisory Committee

Andrew Samaniego appointed to Yucaipa Youth Advisory Committee

I grab this morning paper and saw this article about the Youth Advisory Committee that I was appointed last Monday.

Andrew Samaniego appointed to Yucaipa Youth Advisory Committee

Andrew Samaniego appointed to Yucaipa Youth Advisory Committee

Dad and I spent a day building Heritage Park in Redlands with Troop 11

Dad, Councilman Foster, and myself helping at Heritage Park.

REDLANDS — The sun may have been bright on Saturday, but the spirit of volunteerism was brighter, as more than 2,300 people got down and dirty to help build Heritage Park.

Members of more than 90 community organizations took part. Volunteers – both young and old – completed various tasks from painting fences to laying mulch. Their goal was to help make the 18-acre parcel come to life after having laid dormant several years.

The Saturday effort was part of the annual Community Day of Service, during which people from around the community donate their time to help complete projects in Redlands within a number of hours.

This year, organizers set their sites on Heritage Park, which originally was intended to be built in time to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary.

Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster saw this year’s Community Day of Service as an opportunity to include working on Heritage Park as part of the city’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration.

– Post courtesy of Redlands Daily Facts

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Working in God’s Backyard for Eagle Project

Alexi Eagle Project in Oak Glen

Had a great time this weekend working on Alexi Eagle Project at the Wildland Conservancy in Oak Glen. We got rid of some invasive species (Blackberry Bushes) from a campground.

“ALEXI KRYIER’S EAGLE PROJECT, working in “God’s Country” getting rid of some evasive species, It was the blackberries plant that had to be removed.”

From Another Troop 11 Eagle Project, posted by Carlos Samaniego on 4/08/2013 (33 items)

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Andrew Samaniego Nominated to American Legion’s “Boy’s State” Program

I just heard I was nominated by my school for the American Legion Boy’s State program.

Being nominated is a huge honor.

The nominated Students from Yucaipa High School will be interview by American Legion Post 426 in Yucaipa, and they will select one of us to attend this prestigious program.

Here are just a few famous alumni of the Boys and Girls State programs include Neil ArmstrongTom BrokawJames Campbell[disambiguation needed]Bill ClintonMike HuckabeeLawrence DiCaraMichelle D. JohnsonRussell Jones[disambiguation needed]Michael JordanRush LimbaughGeorge PatakiJane PauleyNancy ReddHarry ReidNick Saban,Eric GreitensScott BakulaDick CheneyMichael DukakisRoger EbertJon Bon JoviTrent Lott.

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.



Stanley Eagle Project in Full Swing

Today I helped my friend Jonathan Stanley work on his amazing Eagle Project. Working on building a Amphitheater for Redlands Conservatory.

Jonathan Stanley Eagle Project

Job is completed Congrats Jonathan.

Job is completed Congrats Jonathan.