Voland, Andrew Scott

Andrew Voland is the 15 year old son of Scott and Susan Voland, and big brother to Alex and Abby. His grandparents are Ron and Helen Voland of Madison, TN and the late Ellis & Clarice Bradley of Columbia, TN.

Andrew is a sophomore at Lubbock Christian School. He is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and a regular recipient of year-end academic awards. He plays baritone in the school’s band, receiving All Region honors during his 7th and 8th grade years. Andrew is an accomplished athlete and has participated in football, track and basketball at LCS. He was awarded Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts during the 8th grade basketball season.

Andrew is a member of Monterey Church of Christ and actively participates in the youth program there. He has a passion for helping children and serves as a volunteer during Heroes, Monterey’s worship service for 3-5 year olds. Andrew also enjoys traveling with the youth group on mission trips. His favorite was to Corpus Christi where he helped repair the roof of a church located in one of the city’s poorer communities.

Upon entering first grade, Andrew joined Pack 567 as a Tiger Cub. He quickly got hooked on campouts, Pinewood Derby races and Raingutter Regattas. As a cub, he earned the Loving Servant religious award and, as a Webelos, earned the Arrow of Light. Now a member of Troop 157, Andrew has served as Patrol Scribe, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, and currently serves as a Junior Assistant ScoutMaster. He hasn’t missed a summer camp since joining and is particularly fond of tomahawk throwing during the Indian interpretive camp. 2010 has been an especially intense year for scout activities. In June, Andrew traveled to Philmont where he and his crewmates enjoyed activities such as rock climbing, horseback riding, and spar pole climbing during their 10-day, 57 mile trek. In July, Andrew joined the South Plains Council’s contingent attending the Centennial National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

Individuals diagnosed with special needs are a particular focus for Andrew. His sister was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and when she began playing baseball in Lubbock’s Challenger League five years ago, Andrew signed up as her “buddy.” Although Abby needs little help personally, Andrew stays busy during the games assisting and interacting with other members of the team.

This heart for special needs individuals led Andrew to approach the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research with an idea for his Eagle Project. After meeting with the Center’s Director about several designs, Andrew led a team of fellow scouts in the construction of five carnival-style games to be used during the Burkhart Center’s Annual Walk for Autism Awareness at Jones AT&T Stadium in April. He and his team then facilitated the games during the walk which was attended by more than 1,500 people. At the conclusion of the event, the games were donated to the Burkhart Center for use during future events. Thanks to Andrew’s involvement, Troop 157 is looking to adopt the Walk for Autism Awareness as an annual service project opportunity.

Andrew would like to thank his fellow scouts for making the road to Eagle a memorable one. He also thanks the leadership of Troop 157 for their guidance and encouragement.