troop8patchThe Boy Scouts of America troop at First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi, is known as Troop 8.   Begun in 1920, Troop 8 was chartered by First Baptist Jackson in 1921 and is the longest continuously sponsored troop in the nation.

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, Troop 8 is believed to rank second in the nation in awarding Eagles. [Source]

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 (Spring 2016)

  • Senior Patrol Leader: John William Ables
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Jonathan Booker
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Will Jones
  • Quartermaster: Kennedy Guest, Michael Hederman, Mason Nicholas, Tripp Thomas
  • Scribe: Walker Box, Charlie Hight
  • Chaplain’s Aid: Walker Headley, Logan Huff
  • Webmaster: Logan Thomas, William Meck
  • OA Representative: Charlie Gautier
  • Librarian: Worth Hewitt, Mont Mitchell
  • Historian: Jack Harvey, Thomas Wasson
  • Leave No Trace/Instructor: Gibson Brown, Jarvon Gaines, Emmanuel Owah
  • Den Chief: Harry McHenry
  • Patrol Leader – Titans: Jude Reeves
  • Patrol Leader – Sharks: Brandon Miller
  • Patrol Leader – Cougar: John Moak Scarbrough
  • Patrol Leader – Phoenix: Chandler Miller
  • Patrol Leader – Spartans: Ewing Milam

SCOUT LEADERSHIP (Fall 2015)

  • Senior Patrol Leader: John William Ables
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Don Waller
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Joe Coker
  • Quartermaster: Kennedy Guest, Ewing Milam, Brandon Miller, Jake Everly
  • Scribe: Jude Reeves, John Garrett Walters
  • Chaplain’s Aid: John Clarke Altman, Mason Nichols
  • Webmaster: Logan Thomas, William Meck
  • OA Representative: Jarvon Gaines
  • Librarian: Nate Bunger
  • Historian: Will Jones
  • Leave No Trace/Instructor: Charlie Gautier, Tripp Thomas
  • Patrol Leader – Titans: Blake Fletcher
  • Patrol Leader – Sharks: Preston McWilliams
  • Patrol Leader – Cougar: Logan Huff
  • Patrol Leader – Phoenix: Michael Hederman
  • Patrol Leader – Spartans: Walker Headley

ADULT LEADERSHIP

  • Scoutmaster: Bill Spence
  • Chaplain: Zach Zettler
  • Quartermaster: Ray Ables
  • Patrol Advisors:
    • Don Waller, Nick Walters
    • Ewing Milam, Robert Hederman, Josh Huff
  • Fox Patrol: Chuck Gautier
  • Advancement: Blake Headley
  • Operations / Chartered Organization Rep: Jackie Meck

TROOP COMMITTEE

  • Tommy McMillin, Committee Chairman
  • Ray Ables
  • Bobby Boykin
  • Dave Bunger
  • Scott Carlton
  • Sam Coker
  • David Hancock
  • Blake Headley
  • Barry Howard
  • Josh Huff
  • Jackie Meck
  • Mike Nichols
  • Richard Rebich
  • Andy Talley
  • Don Waller
  • Nick Walters

FORMER SCOUTMASTERS

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 Niemeyer (2014 – 2015)
  • Phillip Talley (2013 – 2014)
  • BJ Howard (2012 – 2013)
  • Grady Fisher  (2011 – 2012)
  • Wesley Rule (2010 – 2011)
  • Robert Waller (2009 – 2010)
  • Carter Barnett (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.