BSA Citizenship in the CommunityPresentation Transcript
Requirement 1 What Citizenship in a Community Means In My Town- to live and follow directions in a certain place/town. In My Church- to go to St. Thomas of Canterbury and not other churches and go there as an acolyte and help out in activities, and I attend Sunday school. In My Troop- I get sign-offs, I advance in rank, I help other scouts, I go to camp-outs, and I act appropriately In My School- I attend classes at Great Hollow. I take tests at Great Hollow. I follow the rules, privileges and obligations there.
Rights- living here, going to school here, having freedom here, going to parks here, and for my parents, voting here. My obligations are following the laws and paying taxes. My duties are to be kind to the neighborhood and be responsible. Town Citizen- to live here, use Smithtown parks, libraries, and beaches, and go to school here. My obligations are to follow the laws and pay taxes. My duties are paying taxes and being kind and responsible to the neighborhood. Church citizen- going to church, attending Sunday School, help out, and being an acolyte. My duties are attending church and Sunday school, and being an acolyte. My obligations are behaving correctly and coming at an appropriate time and day. Requirement #1- Rights, Duties and Obligations of a Citizen and how I demonstrate good citizenship
Scouts citizen- attending meeting/camp outs, getting signed-off, advancing in ranks, and going to fundraisers. My duties are going to camp outs or meeting, advancing, and going to projects. My obligations are acting appropriately. School citizen- I go to school, take tests, and my parents pay taxes for school. My duties are attending school, and following directions. My obligations are following rules, paying taxes, and going to class at the right time. Requirement #1- Rights, Duties and Obligations of a Citizen and how I demonstrate good citizenship
= Town Hall = Hospital near my home = Police = My home = Library =Fire Dept. = Courts = Mall
Requirement 2(b) Chart the organization of your local or state government. Show the top offices and tell whether they are elected or appointed. The Governor of New York is David Patterson, the Lieutenant Governor is Richard Ravitch, the Attorney General is Andrew Cuomo, and the Comptroller is Thomas DiNapoli. They are all elected.
Requirement # 3 I went to a Smithtown board meeting on May 20, 2010 They had a schedule where people were called up, put on a timer, and they had to explain their issue or what they think needs to be changed. When someone made a good point or opinion, people would shout amongst themselves. The big issue was about the water table/flooding issue that flooded many people's basement, house, or even front or back yard. Two opinions between the people and the town were that the town was saying that it is the state's problem. The people wanted the town to do it, and not the stat e.
4. An issue that is important to the citizens of your community is: Vandalism of property (graffiti, destruction) Which branch of local government is responsible for this issue: Police department I interviewed Cindy Carmada from the NYC police department.
These are some examples of graffiti tags that officer Carmada shared with me. This is actual pictures from New York City. Gangs and people will spray paint where ever they can, including mailboxes, telephone booths, poles, walls, etc.
5. With the approval of my counselor and a parent, I watched a movie that shows how the actions of one individual or group of individuals can have a positive effect on a community. What did you learn from the movie about what it means to be a valuable and concerned member of the community? I watched its a wonderful life. It shows the effect of the economy and people's lives when one person is not there. The story is about a man, George, that wishes he hasn't been born, so an angel grants his wish and shows him what life would be like without him. Some examples of life without him are: his brother, Harry, dies when he was little because he drowned in a pond and George was not there to save him. Another example is that the town is taken over by Mr. Potter, a rich, greedy, bank/business owner, because George wasn't there so Mr. Potter to takeover his bank and everyone had to go him to get money. And lastly, if George wasn't alive, hundreds of people would've died because Harry, George's brother, was a war hero and saved hundreds of people, then got the medal of honor.
Taxpayers pay for schools, roads, beaches, parks, police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals, buses, pools and libraries. These services are important because we need firefighters and policemen to protect us from harm. We need school for learning and buses to get us to school. We need nice roads to drive on and beaches, pools, and parks to enjoy. Libraries are good if you are poor and want to read books, watch movies, and use computers. And lastly, we need ambulances to get us to the hospitals if we are hurt.
7. A charitable organization outside of Scouting that interests me and brings people in my community together to work for the good of my community is St. Thomas of Canterbury, New York. It is an Episcopal church located in Smithtown, New York. It has services every Sunday morning at eight o'clock and ten o'clock. It has a very important food pantry that helps anyone who cannot afford food with their own money. As a church, we have festivals throughout the year, like the yard sale and the fall festival. To help, the young people can be an acolyte (altar boy/girl) to help the priest and deacon during the church service. Other ways they can help is joining the YPF (young people's fellowship) . The YPF helps the community/St. Thomas by doing fundraisers such as raising money for Haiti and other countries in need. While working on this merit badge , I volunteered at least eight hours of my time by acolyting every third week approximately. I also assisted with the easter egg hunt and the yard sales by selling food and putting away items in the basement.
Requirement # 8 Smithtown was named after Richard "Bull" Smith (or Smythe) The town was first settled around 1665. Local legend has it that after rescuing a Native American Chief's kidnapped daughter, Richard Smith was told that the Chief would grant title to all of the land Smith could encircle in one day - on a bull . Richard Smith chose to ride the bull on the longest day of the year (summer solstice) - to enable him to ride longer "in one day". The land he acquired in this way is said to approximate the current town's location. There is a large statue of Smith's bull, known as Whisper, at the fork of Jericho Turnpike and St. Johnland Road . Smithtown originally was known as "Smithfield."
The population is spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who are 65 years of age or older. Most people's age in Smithtown is 38 years. The racial makeup of the town is 95.53% White, 0.65% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 3.33% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 38,487 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.6% are married couples living together, 7.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 18.2% are non-families. 15.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.2% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.95 and the average family size is 3.28. Average income: $106,507 In the U.S. Average age: 36.7 Racial Majority: 80% white. Average household size: 2.59 Average Family size: 3.14 Average income: $50,233
Some of its best features are its beaches and its parks. Some places that people like to gather at are the beaches, the town hall, and the libraries. Challenges that Smithtown faces are graffiti/vandalism, and drugs