Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Troop 10

There is a new Troop in Pikeville and it is taking the Scouting World by storm!  Troop 10 is the newest, youngest troop in the District. They are going all over taking the scouting horns in their hands and making the most of it. Keep watching this spot for more updates on this dynamic lil group!

Learn to be a ventriloquist


Sit in front of a mirror and make a slight smile with your lips parted. Make your teeth lightly touch. Your tongue should have room to move. If you see your tongue moving in the mirror, then change your smile until the tongue is hidden. Your goal is to breathe easily and read aloud these 19 letters without moving your lips:

A, C, D, E, G, H, I, J, K, L, N, O, Q, R, S, T, U, X, Z.

Practice the following sentences until they sound clear but your lips don’t move: “Hey, this rocks, dude! It is sooooo easy. Anything you can say, I can say, too!” If you sound muffled, try making your voice come from some higher place in your head as well as your mouth.


There are seven trickier letters: B, F, M, P, V, W and Y.

These letters normally require you to move your lips. To say them without moving his face, the ventriloquist borrows from the easy alphabet, some other letters or combined sounds to “fake” the tricky letters. Use these substitutions:

B = D, F = “eth,” M = N, P = T, V = “thee,” W and Y = O+I

B = D

Instead of saying “The Bad Boy Buys a Basket” the ventriloquist says, “The Dad Doy Duys a Dasket.” Try this in the mirror. At first, this substitution won’t sound right; but with practice, D can be made to sound like B. [Hint: When your tongue rises to the top inside of your mouth to make D, let it stick to the roof of your mouth a little longer before releasing. Also, say D but think B.]


Instead of saying “Phil is a Frisky, Funny Fellow,” try saying, “Thil is a Thrisky, Thunny Thellow.” Say the “eth” sound but think F as you do it.

M = N

“Mary Mashes Many Mangos” becomes “Nary Nashes Nany Nangos.” Make the N vibrate against the roof of your mouth. Keep thinking M.

P = T

“Peter is a Practice Pilot” becomes “Teter is a Tractice Tilot.” Try holding the T a little longer, then release with a little puff of air behind it.


“Vinnie Very much Values Victory” becomes “Thinny Thery nuch Thalues Thictory.”


W and Y are treated alike. By quickly sliding the letters O and I together you can say “O-Aye” and it sounds like Why. Try putting a fast O to the front of the following: “Why Would Wally Walk?” You’ll be saying “O-Aye O-ould O-olly O-alk?” Now drop the O (or say it silently in your head), and you’ll be saying a clean W sound without using your lips.

In a short time, these substitutions become automatic. Practice for 15 to 20 minutes a day and in about a week you’ll see some serious results! Practice your ventriloquism with a relaxed puppet-like voice that is higher or lower than your own.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Scout Vs. Wild

One weekend down 2 more to go!  Recovering from an awesome Scout Vs. Wild campout!  Patrol 3 took home the championship but all Scouts were winners. They learned new skills and had an awesome opportunity to showcase those that they has!  This coming weekend is a Webelos/Troop District Camporee!  Where Scouts will teach Wevelos and have some of their own competitions designed to test their knowledge and skills!  See you there!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Canoe Trip

Troop 12 had their first Troop Canoe Trip down the Big Sandy River!  6 boys and 2 leaders with the help of Dana Ratliff had a great time on the river!  All found the water one way or another. We had a scare the first day as Ray and myself turned the canoe over soaking all our snacks and gear. Ray's phone and the emergency numbers floated out if his pocket and down the river. Thankfully Ty spotted it a half mile down from where we flipped!  Our trip was saved!  The boys decided to practice swamping the canoes while waiting for lunch.  We can't wait to run it again. The river is a very pretty river with the trees changing and the mountains standing majestically over and around it. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Troop 12 Campout

We had a great campout at Joe Lane's house at the Pikeville Pond.  Had a great menu and ate like kings. Looking forward to this coming weekend at the Cub Scout District Camporee. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Goodby to Pack 12

As of Tuesday, I will no longer be involved with Pack 12. I will be concentrating on being a leader for Troop 12 and Crew 12. I will no longer be commenting on any Pack Activities and I wish Pack 12 all the best moving forward!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

webelos den goes to the Yorktown.

The Webelos Den of Pack 12 and their parents, drove to the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC ON Friday july 26, 2013. our cub master and other leaders thought it was a good trip to go on. We left Pikeville at 7am and drove south through Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and stopping at a Burger King to eat and to fuel our car. We then continued through South Carolina to Charleston and finally the Yorktown. It took us eight hours to get there. After we got there we went to the gift shop. We looked at some toy helicopters, model planes, Megalodon teeth, and bought a grenade and some patches. Finally we went on the ship. We walked across a bridge and up a long staircase to to the hangar bay. we listened to a man tell us the rules of the ship. After that, we climbed up two ladders to get to the berthing area where we would sleep for the next two nights. The beds were stacked three and four tall suspended by chains. I was on the third bunk next to my dad but below my brother Quinn. The mattress was very comfortable and I liked climbing up into it. After we laid out our bed, we we met mom and went out for pizza. The pizza was great. When we got back to the ship I went down in the engine room. We had a fire dril. later. I went to bed. The next morning I had breakfast in the galley. We crossed the bridge to get on a ferry to go over to Fort Sumpter. we listened to man explain about the fort. We went to the back of the fort and we got to raise the last flag that flew over the fort at the end of the civil war. We walked around the fort and went into the museum, where we saw canon balls and we looked at a muzzleloader our time at the fort was up and we rode the ferry boat back to the dock at the Yorktown. After we got back to the ship Isaiah Huffman, Quinn and I went on a helicopter ride around Charleston Harbor. We saw big boats,little boats from high above the harbor. After lunch, which consisted of a roast beef sandwich, chips and a pepsi, we went on the destroyer and a submarine. Back on the Yorktown, we climbed up to the flight deck and the captain's quarters. I saw many planes and a helicopter. We ate dinner back in the galley and after dinner we we went back through the ship. we saw a movie in the ship's theater called "Blue Angels" about the Navy's elite flying team. After the movie I went back up to the flight deck. later we took a shower and went to bed. The next day we went to the galley to eat breakfast. Our cub master said a prayer before we left to come home. Isaiah's Grandparents invited us to breakfast at IHOP. After breakfast we went down to have fun at the beach. The waves were awesome, but the water was not as clear as the water in the Carribean. We left Charleston and headed home. On the way dad wanted to stop at Sportsman's Warehouse. We stopped for dinner at the Mellow Mushroom, in Asheville, NC. The pizza was awesome. We got home very late due to all of our stops on the way back home. By Ty Helfen