By McKenna Hunt
Jul 11, 2017

Lend Your Voice to the Council Scout Choir

Scouts, you’ve trained for this at camp and now it is the time to answer the call!

We invite every Scout between the ages of 12 and 17 to lend their time, voices, and energy to the Council Scout Choir. The first rehearsal starts on July 27th at 7:00 PM at the Orem Scout Office. Performances begin on August 24 and 25 at 7:00 PM for “Home and Hearth” events. Other scheduled events include the Silver Beaver Recognition on September 23. The choir will continue to perform at Scouting and community events on a regular basis, help with fundraising, and experience all the amazing benefits from singing together.

What Singing Can Do For You

Recent studies show that the mental and physical benefits of choral singing. Like a team sport, working together in a choir teaches life skills and improves social well-being. It is a socializing and bonding experience. Choral singing requires responsibility and relying on others. It is a unique way to work together, balancing independence with the need for unity and cooperation.

 

On a physical level, singing releases endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin. Endorphins and dopamine help create feelings of joy and appreciation. Oxytocin enhances feelings of trust and bonding. Meanwhile, the deep breaths you take while singing increase the effects of these natural chemicals. Singing helps regulate your heartbeat, reduces stress and anxiety levels, and one study is even looking into how it can increase life expectancy.

Champions of Music

In addition to current science, historic figures, philosophers, mathematicians, and religious leaders support musicianship. Albert Einstein saw his life in terms of music. J.M Barrie, author of Peter Pan, wrote: “If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” Martin Luther believed that music is the best consolation for a despairing heart. Many leaders within the LDS Church also support music, and use it and choirs as powerful teaching tools.

In a talk entitled “Songs Sung and Unsung”, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland used the metaphor of a choir to explain our existence on earth. He teaches, temporally and spiritually, that “many of us who are ‘musically challenged’ have had our confidence bolstered and our singing markedly improved by positioning ourselves next to someone with a stronger, more certain voice.” If you worry about being musically challenged, or are having a hard time at this point in your life, please come and be bolstered by your Scout brothers. Surround yourself with good people, and be a part of good music. 

Check it out on July 27th from 7-8:30 PM at the Orem Scout Office at 748 N 1340 W Orem, UT. Practice with us on Thursday nights. Performances begin on August 24th and 25th. Contact McKenna Hunt at mckenna.hunt@scouting.org with any questions.

We look forward to sharing our voices with yours.

 

 

Michael Neider | President, Utah National Parks Council,

Boy Scouts of America

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3 thoughts on “Lend Your Voice to the Council Scout Choir

  1. virginius arnold

    I was a cub and boy scout in the 40’s/50’s and the idea of the president using your convention is despicable. I realize past presidents have attended, but the president we now have, is contrary to everything scouting stands for. Very sad.

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  2. sheila butler

    I am upset and very disappointed in the speech made by Mr. Trump. I feel our children have enough negative stimulation in this political environment. I believe that our kids should be taught the when, where, how of things. Okay, they got to hear Mr. Trump. Now they need to learn how that speak could, should, or would have been given without such the angry political view.
    Please don’t let this be your norm for our kids. Please show them that we as human being can civil to each other. What I saw and heard from him and the crowds made me wonder where our civilization is headed.

    From A Concerned Grandparent

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  3. Edward H.

    A Scout choir – what a wonderful idea! I wish we had one of these when I was in Scouts as a youth. I feel bad that I moved away from Utah two years ago; I would have loved to hear you guys! Kudos to your council for embracing the arts in your Scouting program!

    Also, Mr. Arnold and Mrs. Butler – your opinions are valid, but perhaps this isn’t quite the appropriate place to voice your objections. This page is about the Scout Choir being formed, not events from Jamboree. Such comments might have a better reception in a place where they are more relevant – unless you fear Trump is going to ruin this choir, which I doubt. 😉

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