Volunteer Spotlight: Kurt Lemke

This month we’d like to spotlight our volunteer Kurt Lemke.  Kurt volunteers as an Assistant Leader for Troop 8054 and does the check in and out of the Yuma camping gear. In Troop 8054 he helps as an advisor to the Cadettes, Senior and the one Ambassador.  He has also set up all of their GS ceremonies, coordinates with the other level leaders for events, trips and community service.  Kurt also keeps track of the progress on how the troop is doing though the year to make sure that it becomes a Super Troop.  He is usually one of the first to sign up for Lead the Way trainings and encourages the rest of the troop leaders to do the same. Last year was his first taste in preparing the troop parents and girls to sell cookies. He likes to volunteer with GS because his two girls are both Cadettes and he strongly believes that girls need to see men in an positive environment and taking a different role in an organization run by women and girls.  He has scouting running thought him as he was a Boy Scout all of his life. He even earned the Boy Scout Eagle Award!   On his time off Kurt comes in and checks up on the camping gear. He makes sure that it’s clean, useable and ready for the girls to use.  In addition to all of these tasks, this summer Kurt visited the Biosphere II this summer.

Mr. Kurt Lemke, our valued co-leader from Yuma, is spending a week of his summer vacation at the Biosphere II participating in UA’s GenCyber camp focusing on cyber security. Think of the TARGET security breach and you will understand the importance of this camp!

So far, the biggest thing Mr. Lemke has learned is that our digital footprint, or digital tattoo, can never be erased once the information gets posted on the internet. He hopes to share this information with students at San Luis High School and the Juniors, Cadettes, and Senior Girl Scouts in Yuma. “This is the age when kids start using social media, but don’t realize that the websites they use do not take any responsibility for how their photos and other information is used by others. Once it is out there, they can never take it down.” He also wants to caution them about geo-tagging their information through mobile devices such as phones and tablets.

When it comes to information technology, Kurt refers to himself as a transplant, not a native to the digital world. He is enjoying learning how to program in Java and hopes to learn more during the rest of the week.

The director of GenCyber is Dr. Bill Neumann from UA’s Management Information Systems (MIS) Department and the camp is funded by the National Security Agency. Cohorts of teachers and students spend five days and nights at UA’s Biosphere II Research Park in Oracle, AZ, learning about topics such as:

  • Computer and Network Basics
  • Threats and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Defending Your Personal Computing
  • Defending a Business Organization
  • Cyber-security Tools and Techniques
  • Emerging Security Issues
  • Cloud and Advanced Persistent Threats

The camp ended on Saturday, July 19, with final presentations made by student campers. Teachers are encouraged and supported to incorporate their new knowledge into their classroom curriculum throughout the coming school year.

Read more about the camp here.


31, 2014


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