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#Clouderalife Volunteer Highlight: Burt Wagner, Senior Options Engineer


This month, Cloudera Cares is happy to highlight Burt Wagner, senior options engineer from Alexandria, Virginia. Burtwho joined Cloudera earlier this 12 months volunteers frequently with the Boy Scouts of America. He began Scouting as an eight 12 months outdated; it has at all times been an integral a part of his life and one thing he now enjoys sharing together with his son.

“Scouting has been there by way of each section of my life, and it’s central to my id. I can’t think about it being every other approach.”

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to organize younger folks to make moral and ethical decisions over their lifetimes by instilling in them essential values similar to being reliable, loyal, courteous, and type. The group cultivates in children a love of studying and camaraderieone thing that many Scouts carry with them for many years. 

Burt helps Scouting in quite a few roles. He’s a unit commissioner, mentoring and supporting Scoutmasters and different leaders in offering a high quality program to their packs and troops. He’s the STEM Scout Information for Nationwide Capital Space Council, liable for main and rising the brand new STEM Scout program all through the Washington, DC metro area, meant to domesticate a love for STEM in younger folks and a want to pursue STEM-oriented careers. Throughout Cloudera’s newest unplug week, Burt took on a barely completely different function serving as an assistant Scoutmaster for his son’s troop whereas at summer season camp.

Burt used his unplug week this July to volunteer in a approach he’s by no means been in a position to earlier than: he helped his son’s Scout troop to Rodney Scout Reservation in northeast Maryland. Sadly, shortly earlier than their arrival, a 3rd of the personnel on the summer season camp have been unable to take care of assist the campers. With out assist, the camp would have needed to severely curtail its program choices, and thus disappoint the a whole bunch of Scouts in camp that week. Together with a number of different devoted leaders in camp, he merely stated, “Not on my watch.”

As to not disappoint the younger Scouts, the summer season camp employees turned to the grownup volunteer leaders attending camp with their troops to assist. Burt and his fellow leaders rose to the event, leveraging their Scouting experiences to make the camp a significant and profitable expertise for the attendees. 

“As a youth member of Scouts, I served on aquatics employees at summer season camp myself, so I provided my companies and Camp Rodney requested me to enhance their employees. I taught swim classes to non-swimmers, recommended Scouts engaged on incomes Swimming Benefit Badge and Lifesaving Benefit Badge, and taught water security to different Scout Leaders.”

Throughout this brief (however exhausting) volunteer expertise, Burt additionally helped 19 Scouts earn the BSA Snorkeling award, and mentored Camp Rodney’s younger employees members on methods to be efficient of their roles. 

The expertise was “totally exhilarating, extraordinarily rewarding, and utterly exhausting,” Burt mirrored. And whereas there have been extenuating and non-ideal circumstances that result in this volunteer expertise, he famous he could be comfortable to do it once more. Given his perspective and expertise, he felt that not solely might he share knowledge with the younger Scouts, however with the employees as effectivelyone thing he hardly ever has the chance to do. 

“It made me admire the expertise extra. I actually noticed the distinction between what the 17- and 18-year-old camp employees have been in a position to train, versus what I used to be in a position to deliver to lessons with 30+ years extra expertise.”

As Burt concluded his reflections, he added an overarching message that applies effectively past Scoutinghowever will get on the essential and rewarding nature of volunteering with teenagers and younger adults. “I feel volunteering with youth organizations is among the Most worthy issues somebody can do. Youth want steering and mentoring, and serving to them be taught classes and purchase knowledge each ensures the way forward for our society and provides the particular person volunteering a possibility to make sure their very own legacy.” 

Following this expertise Burt utilized Cloudera’s new volunteer incentive program, {Dollars} for Doers, to additional assist the Boy Scouts of America. {Dollars} for Doers permits Cloudera to additional assist the causes their staff are most keen about. To be taught extra about {Dollars} for Doers and different Cloudera Company Social Duty initiatives go to our web site now.

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