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. 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:, he love to have some comments on his website.

Andrew Samaniego Website

Andrew Samaniego Becomes Eagle Scout

Andrew Samaniego with Boy Scout Troop 11 in Redlands helping with Lincoln Pilgrimage February 2009
Andrew Samaniego with Boy Scout Troop 11 in Redlands helping with Lincoln Pilgrimage February 2009
Andrew Samaniego with Boy Scout Troop 11 in Redlands helping with Lincoln Pilgrimage February 2009

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!


Andrew Samaniego and Joseph helping out at Lincoln Pilgrimage 2009
Andrew Samaniego and Joseph helping out at Lincoln Pilgrimage 2009

Over 14,000 lbs of Food Collected

Earlier today our entire family for our 4th year joined the Scouting for Food event here in Redlands. It is one of my favorite  volunteer event’s we do every year.

Scouts from all over the the local area collect food at grocery stores and people donate food to our cause.

Then all of us where at the Holy Name of Jesus church where parents brouht the food, so we can divide the food into its category and this divide the food to two different organizations.

Redlands Family Services and the Local Salvation Army. This year they each got $7,000 lbs of food for the pantry.

“Amy Wynn, of the Local Salvation Army, told us their stockpile had been bear for many months and this has help them out and the local families dramatically.”

I knew this year would be amazing because by 9am we had food flowing into our collection center, of course, Bella always has good time volunteering.


“A Proud Father!”

Andrew Samaniego Completes his Boy Scout Eagle Project

All week, I been working on this post trying to figure out how to put into words how proud I have felt about my son’s accomplishment this last weekend.

As many of you know, my son Andrew, has been involved in the boy scouts since February 11, 2009.

When my good friend, Eamonn McGloin, told me I should consider putting Andrew in Scouts I was interested, but not sure he would want to join.

We did join eventually and because of the welcoming nature of the other boys and parents in Troop 11. Andrew not only enjoy it but love it!

This last weekend Andrew road to Eagle Scout led him to his Eagle Project. Which is a project the boy leads from beginning to end that helps the community in some way.

He decided to plan and complete a complete outside renovation of our church Unity of Yucaipa.

Watching him plan this entire thing for over 8 months, then executing his plan to lead 41 volunteers and log just over 271 hours. I was truly amazed and most importantly.

I was a “proud father”!

To my son Andrew, you are amazing individual and truly growing up to be amazing young man. I am proud of you!

I created a music video for Andrew Eagle Project I post later today or tomorrow.


Andrew Samaniego Completes his Boy Scout Eagle Project at Unity of Yucaipa




Eagle Project Week

This is the week that Andrew, my 16 year old son (for you new readers) start’s is actual “Eagle Project”.

Scott Keyrelin, Taylor Foley, and Andrew Samaniego pressure washing the Gazebo at Unity of Yucaipa prepping for painting at this weekends Eagle project.

So your asking what is an Eagle Project on his way to becoming an Eagle Scoutt.

The Eagle Scout Service Project is the opportunity for a Scout to demonstrate leadership of others while performing a project for the benefit of any religious institution, any school, or his community.

His project will be the renovation of Unity of Yucaipa, meditation garden and community garden.

The Rhino patrol of Troop 11 of Redlands, started the pre-work of pressure washing the wood they will be painting, finishing up the plans for rebuilding some the garden area and this Saturday, the actual Eagle Project!

If you like to join us and help a scout become an Eagle Scout.  The project will be starting 8am and will be meeting at Unity of Yucaipa Church, 35393 Avenue East  Yucaipa, CA 92399 – (909) 797-2090

Congratulations Andrew we are all proud of you!