troop8patchThe Boy Scouts of America troop at First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi, is known as Troop 8.   Begun in 1920, Troop 8 has the distinction of being the longest continuously sponsored troop in the nation. We have been chartered by First Baptist Jackson since 1921.

With this distinction also comes a very close relationship between the values of First Baptist Jackson and Troop 8. The Boy Scouts of America advocates service to God. Troop 8 advocates a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, this being consistent with our sponsoring organization.

Troop 8 also has a proven track record of producing Eagle Scouts – with nearly 600 scouts achieving the rank of Eagle since 1923.

Our ultimate goal is for every Scout to reach the rank of Eagle. But our immediate goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for each Scout to explore and discover his God-given potential to succeed in all areas of life.  The process of moving toward the rank of Eagle is as important as achieving that rank. What a Scout (and a parent) experiences in team-work, self-discipline, leadership, and many other skills will be treasured for a lifetime.

Character | Leadership | Adventure | Faith

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SCOUT LEADERSHIP (Fall 2015)

  • Senior Patrol Leader: John William Ables
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Don Waller

SCOUT LEADERSHIP (Spring 2015)

  • Senior Patrol Leader: Kenneth Neimeyer
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Travis Hudgins
  • Quartermaster: Will Spence
  • Assistant Quartermaster: Nate Bunger
  • Scribe:  John Clarke Altman
  • Assistant Scribe: Jarvon Gaines
  • Chaplain’s Aid: Don Waller
  • Webmaster: Carter Bearman
  • Troop Guide: Jake Everly
  • OA Representative: Ryan Byrd
  • Librarian:  Logan Thomas
  • Historian:  Jude Reeves

ADULT LEADERSHIP

  • Scoutmaster: Bill Spence
  • Chaplain: Zach Zettler
  • Quartermaster: Ray Ables
  • Patrol Advisors:
    • Don Waller, Nick Walters, David Bunger, Ray Ables, Chuck Gautier
    • Ewing Milam, Robert Hederman, John Scarbrough, Josh Huff, Jackie Meck, Blake Headley
  • Fox Patrol:
  • Advancement Records: David Bunger
  • Website Advisor: Jackie Meck

TROOP COMMITTEE

  • Committee Chairman: Tommy McMillin
  • Doug Rule
  • Don Waller
  • David Hancock
  • Bobby Boykin
  • Barry Howard
  • Andy Talley
  • Ray Ables
  • John Brunson
  • Dave Bunger
  • Scott Carlton
  • Sam Coker
  • David Gobbel
  • Doug Parkin
  • Randy Russell
  • Nick Walters
  • Fred Wilson

FORMER SCOUTMASTER

scoutmaster-mediumThe Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster’s job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop.

Troop 8 has been blessed with many wonderful men who have faithfully served the roll of Scoutmaster.

  • A. D. Wicks (1920)
  • Pat Eager (1920 – 1921)
  • M. E. Douglas (1921)
  • J. J. Keith (1922 – 1924) – View Biographical Information
  • Alvon Doty (1924 – 1929)
  • Aubrey Gaskin (1929)
  • Edgar Nation (1930 – 1971)
  • Robert Denson (1971 – 1979)
  • Wendall Hollis (1979 – 1984)
  • Ed McIntosh (1984)
  • Buddy Huff (1984 – 1988)
  • Ben Allen (1988 – 1993)
  • Jim Tatum (1993 – 2000)
  • Paul Calhoun (2000 – 2003)
  • Doug Parkin (2003 – 2006)
  • Andy Talley (2006 – 2008)
  • Pete Walley (2008 – 2011)
  • Andy Talley (2011 – 2013)
  • Sam Coker (2013 – 2015)
  • Bill Spence (2015 – Present)

FORMER SENIOR PATROL LEADERS

seniorpatrolleader-mediumThe troop is actually run by its boy leaders. With the guidance of the Scoutmaster and his assistants, they plan the program, conduct troop meetings, and provide leadership among their peers.

The Senior Patrol Leader is the top junior leader in the troop. He leads the patrol leaders’ council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed.

  • John William Ables (2015-2016)
  • Kenneth Neimeyer (2014 – 2015)
  • Phillip Talley (2013 – 2014)
  • BJ Howard (2012 – 2013)
  • Grady Fisher  (2011 – 2012)
  • Wesley Rule (2010 – 2011)
  • Robert Waller (2009 – 2010)
  • Carter Barnet (2008 – 2009)
  • Robert Parkin (2007 – 2008)
  • Blake Scott (2006 – 2007)
  • John Wilson (2005 – 2006)
  • Mark Koury (2004 – 2005)
  • William Forman (2003 – 2004)
  • Joey Melton (2002 – 2003)
  • Neal Wise (2001 – 2002)
  • Steven Begley (2000 – 2001)
  • Mark Green (1999 – 2000)
  • Will Lipscomb (1998 – 1999)
  • Jonathon Watts (1997 – 1998)
  • David Hederman (1996 – 1997)
  • Matt Jones (1995 – 1996)
  • Jeff Gamblin (1994 – 1995)
  • Drew Vickers (1993 – 1994)
  • Doug Hosford (1992 – 1993)
  • Calvin Thigpen (1990 – 1992)
  • Thomas Oswalt (1989 – 1990)
  • Howard Thigpen (1988 – 1989)
  • Steven Hederman (1987 – 1988)
  • John Grifiths (1986 – 1987)
  • Robert Hederman (1985 – 1986)
  • Henry Greaves (1983 – 1985)
  • Clark Gamblin (1982 – 1983)

Troop 8 Eagle Honor Roll

Click here to View the List of Troop 8 Eagles since 1923.

Troop 8 History

Click here to View information on the History of Troop 8.