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 State, and is among the longest in the nation. We have been chartered by First Baptist Jackson since 1921.

With this distinction also comes a very close relationship between the mission of First Baptist Jackson and Troop 8. The Boy Scouts of America advocates service to God. As a ministry of our sponsoring organization, Troop 8 advocates a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and supports the Mission, Vision and Statement of Faith of First Baptist Jackson.

Troop 8 also has a proven track record of producing Eagle Scouts.  With over 600 scouts achieving the rank of Eagle since 1923, Troop 8 is believed to rank among the highest in the nation in awarding Eagles. [Source]

Our ultimate goal is for every Scout to reach the rank of Eagle. 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.

Our mission is to provide a safe and Christ-centered environment for each Scout to explore and discover his God-given potential to make a difference in all areas of life.

Character | Leadership | Adventure | Faith

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SCOUT LEADERSHIP (Fall 2016)

  • Senior Patrol Leader: Jonathan Booker
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Logan Huff
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: William Meck
  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader: Ewing Milam
  • Quartermaster: Jake Head, Mont Mitchell, John Quitman Morgan, Jude Reeves, and Alex Roberson
  • Scribe: Jack Harvey, Selby Ireland, and Christian Martin
  • Chaplain’s Aid: Will Jones, Caleb McAlpin, and Charles Stephenson
  • Webmaster: Thomas Wasson and Chandler Miller
  • OA Representative: Walker Headley
  • Librarian: Will Davis
  • Historian: Miller Gleason
  • Troop Guide: Tripp Thomas
  • Leave No Trace/Instructor: Michael Hederman, Blair Young, and Brandon Miller
  • Den Chief: John Moak Scarbrough and Gibson Brown
  • Patrol Leader – Titans: Blake Fletcher
  • Patrol Leader – Sharks: Brewer Young
  • Patrol Leader – Cougar: Harry McHenry
  • Patrol Leader – Phoenix: Charlie Hight
  • Patrol Leader – Spartans: Mason Nichols
  • Patrol Leader – Owl: Emmanuel Owah
  • Patrol Leader – Mustangs: Henry Greaves
  • Patrol Leader – Raptors: William McHenry
  • Patrol Leader – Ice Wolf: Cooper Proctor
  • Patrol Leader – Stealth: Victor Grantham

ADULT LEADERSHIP

  • Scoutmaster: Bill Spence
  • Chaplain: Buddy Huff
  • Quartermaster: Terry Hight
  • Patrol Advisors:
    • Todd Adkins, John McBride, Hamp Jones
    • Ewing Milam, Robert Hederman, Josh Huff
    • Bob Stephenson
  • Fox Patrol (First Year): Ken Booker, Jimmy Young
  • Advancement: Blake Headley
  • Campout Coordinator: Mack Mitchell
  • Operations / Chartered Organization Rep: Jackie Meck

TROOP COMMITTEE

  • Richard Rebich, Committee Chairman
  • Bobby Boykin
  • David Hancock
  • Ken Booker
  • Jimmy Young
  • Blake Headley
  • Josh Huff
  • Jackie Meck
  • Mike Nichols
  • Andy Talley
  • Todd Adkins
  • Don Waller
  • Nick Walters
  • Terry Hight
  • Mack Mitchell

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.