Citizenship in the community Or…Why is this required for eagle?
What is “Citizenship”? • The Quality of an Individual’s response to membership in a community
What is “Community”? • People with a common interest living in a particular area.
What is “Community”? • A body of persons or nations having a common history, social, economic, and political interests
1. Describe your community to your counselor giving: Short history Cultures and ethnic groups Major places of employment. What is the future of your community?
2. Mark or point out on a map of your community the following: Chief government buildings. Schools, churches, and synagogues near your home. Fire station, police station,and hospital nearest your home. Main highways to neighboring cities and towns. Nearest railroads and bus stations and airport, if any. Chief industries or other major places of employment Historical and other interesting points.
Chart the organization of your local or state government. • Show the top offices and tell which are elected or appointed.
MY CITY GOVERNMENT CITIZENS OF SAGINAW NINE MEMBER CITY COUNCIL ELECTED POSITIONS HIRED BY CITY COUNCIL OFFICES CITY MANAGER CITYCLERK CITY ATTY EMP. SERVICES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND WATER SYSTEM MGMT. DEPARTMENTS POLICE FIRE FISCAL SER. COMMUNITY SER. GENERAL SER. INFORMATION SER.
b. Name the political parties in your community government and list four persons active in the politics of your community and what positions they hold.
MY CITY GOVERNMENT IS NON-PARTISAN (THEY DO NOT RUN AS DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN) DENNIS BROWNING COUNCIL MEMBER TWO YEAR SEAT CHARLES BROWN ELECTED SHERIFF CARL LEVIN SENATOR GARY LOSTER, MAYOR (CEREMONIAL POSITION ONLY)
#4. Attend One: • County or parish board meeting • City council meeting • School board meeting • Municipal, county, or state court session.
#5. After visiting the governmental meeting, obtain a copy of that body's published budget. Review the major sources of income and expenses for its operation with your counselor.
INCOME • City Income Tax • Water and Sewer payments • Parking Tickets • Property Tax • Traffic Fines • Etc.
Out go • Pay city employees • Pay insurance • Pay utilities • Pay for contracted services • Purchase equipment and supplies • Etc.
7. Select a city, county, or school problem or issue under consideration from the local newspaper or news broadcast and write a letter expressing your views to the mayor, administrator, or school board president. Show this letter and any response to your counselor.
Dear Mayor Loster, Please change your position on distributing the Community Development Block Grant funds. If you gave more of the money to Community Policing and less to the social service agencies, this would be a better city. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
6. My tax dollar$ hard at work POLICE PROTECTION FIRE PROTECTION TRASH PICK-UP WATER (CLEAN TO MY HOUSE) SEWER(BAD WATER AWAY) ROAD REPAIR ETC.
8. List and describe the work of five volunteer organizations through which people in your community work together for the good of your community.
Disaster Aid • Blood Banks • Life saving Training • Emergency housing
The Salvation army • Basic Human Services • Youth Programs • Holiday Assistance • Prison Ministry • Summer Camp • Community Service Clubs • Adult Rehabilitation • Seniors Services
City Rescue Mission • House homeless men • Feed the hungry • Assist with employment • Provide warm clothing • Substance abuse counseling
THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA • LEADERSHIP TRAINING • BUILD CHARACTER • CITIZENSHIP • SERVICE TO OTHERS • CONSERVATION • OUTDOOR SKILLS • TEAMWORK • SELF RELIANCE
Social Development Youth Development and LeadershipBoys & Girls ClubsFirst Ward Community CenterNeighborhood HouseTrinity St. John Community CenterSalvation Army Troop ServicesBoy ScoutsGirl Scouts Counseling CounselingCatholic Family ServicesChild and Family Services Casework ServicesNeighborhood House Wellness Services Substance Abuse Prevention Services for YouthYouth Protection Council Health and Safety ServicesAmerican Red Cross Family Support MentoringBig Brothers/Big Sisters of Saginaw Bay Parenting Skills TrainingFirst Ward Community Services Mentoring and Literacy ServicesREAD Association Services to Military FamiliesAmerican Red Cross Child CareSalvation Army Teen Support ServicesYouth Protection Council After School Tutoring and Child CareNeighborhood HouseTrinity St. John Community Center Youth MembershipYMCA
9. Tell how to report an accident or an emergency in your community • MOST COMMUNITIES HAVE 911 • STAY CALM • SPEAK CLEARLY • DON’T HANG UP TIL TOLD TO • GIVE AS MUCH INFO AS YOU HAVE
10. List 5 ways you can demonstrate good citizenship in your community, religious institution, school, or scouting unit.
It is ACTION or DEEDS! • It is knowledge about where you live. • It is participation in your city or town’s government. • It is caring about the future of where you live.
Why do you think it’s required for your Eagle Rank? • Eagle Scouts are leaders. • Eagle Scouts are doers. • Eagle Scouts shape the future of our world!
CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY YOU MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!