Archive for Redlands Boy-Scouts

Pop Nye – What happen to your shirt?

Andrew Samaniego chosen as the 2014 Superscout

I finally got a copy of the Redlands Daily Facts where I was building a fire during the Super Scout competition. While building the fire I had to take my shirt off to block the wind from blowing out the fire. Fortunately, I was the first to burn the rope and win the overall competition.


3rd Eagle Project this month – Alex Bottenberg

Troop 11 Eagle Project - Alex Bottenberg 1

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.


Troop 11 Eagle Project led by Brett

Rock garden and seculence garden

This was second Eagle project this month with my troop. My friend, Brett Everst, completed his Eagle Project at Unity of Yucaipa Church. We built a rock and succulence garden that was the final part of another Eagle Project we did a Labyrinth, last year led by Ventura Wilson.



Colin Norris Eagle Project at Yucaipa Equestrian Center

Putting in irrigation system for new trees we planted

Just finished up doing a Troop 11 Eagle Project, led by Colin Norris at Yucaipa Equestrian Center.

I finally won Boy Scout Super Scout at Pop Nye

First one to get fire going and burn rope

Last month, I competed in my final Boy Scout Camporee called Pop Nye with my Troop 11. I was a member of the Ice Hawk Patrol and had a great time and was really proud how the young Ice Hawks competed. They even earned the presidential award which means they scored at least 90% in every category.

I also got a chance to compete in the Super Scout competition and I finally won this competition. It was something I wanted to earn before leaving boy scouts program in couple months. Here was recent article that was posted in the Redlands Daily Facts.

 Andrew Samaniego Wins Super Scout

Andrew Samaniego Wins Super Scout

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

Pre-Pop Nye Training

And the winner is....

We had our pre-pop nye training and Chili Cookoff this weekend. I was teaching the scouts map and compass. It was a great 3 day campout. I got to give out the Rhino Presentation award to the Ice Hawk Patrol. Congradulations to Icehawks.

Superbowl Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Andrew at Troop 11 Superbowl Pancake Breakfast

Need your help this is my last 6 months of scouting and my final Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on SuperBowl Sunday. Let me know how many tickets you would like ($5 each). If you like to just give a donation, I will give ticket to someone in need. Just let me know, your help would be greatly appreciated. See you Sunday!

Troop 11 Pancake Breakfast, February 2, 2014

Troop 11 Pancake Breakfast, February 2, 2014

Andrew at Troop 11 Superbowl Pancake Breakfast

Andrew at Troop 11 Superbowl Pancake Breakfast

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

Farewell Speech -My year as Senior Patrol Leader has come to end. (video)

Farewell Troop 11 this is my last day as your Senior Patrol Leader. I will always remember this unbelievable experience.

It has been an amazing ride being the Senior Patrol Leader for my Boy Scout Troop. Over this last year I was in charge of the entire troop of roughly 60-80 scouts throughout the year.

I gave my final farewell speech as the Senior Patrol Leader. I was a bit winded when I started my speech. I started right after I finished my, Dance Revolution Skit, but I catch my breath after few minutes.

I was humble by the standing ovation I got from the scouts and parents.

Thank you Boy Scouts of America and especially to Redlands Troop 11.

I will always be here for you!

“Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow!”


Dance Evolution – Boy Scout Style – Christmas Party Skit

Lean on Me - Troop 11

Last night, was my final night as the Senior Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Redlands Troop 11. It was an amazing year, a year I will never forget.

My Christmas party to our troop and parents was this skit, called Dance Evolution.

Hope you enjoy it!

Eagle Mentor Pin – Thank you Eagle Scout Jonathan Stanley

Jonathan awarding me the Eagle Mentor Pin

Earning your Eagle Scout award is a huge accomplishment that I earned in November 2012, but I felt what is as important is those parent volunteers that help you become an Eagle Scout

Almost 11 months ago, I made a goal that no one knew about, it was just after I had become Senior Patrol Leader of my troop back in January 2013.

My goal was to become an”Eagle Mentor” to a scout who becomes an Eagle Scout. No one knew about that goal except me. I wanted to have an influence on another Eagle Scout. I was almost certain you had to be adult to earn the award. So I knew it could take a few years before I you could earn that honor.

On Sunday I was attending my friend Jonathan Stanley Eagle Court of Honor in Redlands. I was totally caught off guard while he was presenting his “Eagle Mentor” pins he called me up to be recognized.

I was completed honored and humbled by Jonathan.

Thank you Jonathan, you are a great Eagle Scout, and I know you will be a mentor to many future Eagle Scouts.


Air Force Academy has moved up my interview date

Present Arms!

I got message from my Dad that the Air Force Academy wanted to moved up my interview date from January to next week to be considered under their early notification program.

I am here at the Naval Academy having amazing time at candidate visit weekend.

I get home tomorrow, I have speech on Sunday at church and then I am attending my friends, Jonathon Stanley, Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday.

Museum of Tolerance

Troop 11 Family

Today I had a chance to go to the Musem of Tolerance in Los Angeles. My dad has always wanted me to go and we finally had to go with my family and my Boy Scout Troop.

It was an eye opening experience. It was like it brought our history books to life.

If you have never been, you have to go.

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.