“The culmination of Andrew Scouting Journey to Eagle Scout was celebrated at @[166268742638:274:Unity of Yucaipa]. Family, Friends, and Scouting family enjoying this patriotic celebration. Special Guest Mayor Denise Hoyt, Redlands City Councilman Paul Foster. We had over 70+ guest.”
As a father we all love to brag about our kids and today, I wanted to brag about my son’s recent new website launch. AndrewSamaniego.com. He started the project a couple years ago, but finally it has come together. He said he still got quite about to add to it, but wanted to share it with you all today.
He has huge goal to get into one of the Military Academies (Annapolis, West Point, Air Force Academy). I know with his drive and determination anything is possible.
Andrew was recently elected as Senior Patrol Leader for Redlands Boy Scout Troop 11. This is one of the oldest troops in town, I believe almost 60 years old. For the next year he will be running the troop of over 60 boys.
We will also be having his Eagle Court of Honor on the 20th of January at Unity Church of Yucaipa. This will be a very special day for him and his entire family if you live in area we love to invite you to join us at 2:30pm at Unity of Yucaipa in City of Yucaipa.
If you get chance go over and visit his site: AndrewSamaniego.com, he love to have some comments on his website.
Today is very special day. Last night, I watched a young confident and
intelligent young man my Son, Andrew, go to Eagle Board of Review.
The Eagle Board of Review is the 2nd most important part of becoming an Eagle Scout, the most important being there Eagle Service Project.
During this board of review, the Life Scout must explain to adults, including those representing the local Council, how he became a scout, what he has done while a scout, how Scouting has helped him in areas outside of Scouting, and how he sought, planned, carried out, and reviewed his service project.
It is an indicator of the scout’s communication, leadership, and self confidence skills.
The scout must do this himself; neither his parents nor his Scoutmaster is allowed to be present during the actual board of review.
So as we drove to the conference, I asked him , “…are you nervous?”
“No, I’m pretty confident.” Andrew said
I was pretty impressed, because I think I was more nervous than he was taking him there.
But considering he has done over 7 board reviews, 7 scoutmaster reviews and 4-5 skills reviews over the last 3 1/2 years, I can understand why he was pretty confident.
I waited patiently for over hour as Committee Chair Eamonn McGloin, Advancement Chair Mr. Wilson, Assistant Scoutmaster Terry Welsh and lastly District Chair Jack Moser, reviewed my son file, his project and then question him about his experience with scouting, around 6:40pm, I see them leaving the building.
I watched my son with a big grin on his face walked towards me and he said “I am a Eagle Scout.”
I gave him a huge hug and whisper in his ear, “I am proud of you, you did it!”
After 3 years and 9 months of hard work, goal setting, hundreds of hours of service projects, over 26 merit badges, over 60+ camping and hiking trips this young boy who admits not wanting to join boy scouts when he went to first meeting. He has achieved the highest award in boy scouts!
Congratulations, Andrew I am truly proud of you!
To all the scouts, parents, parent volunteers, Scoutmasters, and Assistant Scoutmasters with Troop 11 in Redlands who donate hundreds of hours of their time and a special thank you to David Kehrlein and David Leysena, who where Andrews Scout Fathers and mentor who guided him and taught all these years.
As I reflected back to when you first started scouting, I was amazed by how much you have grown, so I had to share two pictures when Andrew first joined scouting. He is going to kill me!