Begun in 1920, Troop 8 has the distinction of being the longest continuously sponsored troop in Mississippi, and is among the longest in the nation. We have been chartered by First Baptist Jackson since 1921.  Grounded in character, leadership, adventure and faith, Troop 8 has awarded over 600 Eagle Scouts.

News from Yesterday


“Troop 8 of the Boy Scout organization of this city will celebrate their first anniversary at the First Baptist Church on Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock. They invite all their mothers and fathers to be present at the meeting which they state will be a Jolly one. The troop will render a program that will be thrilling and interesting to all who attend. The item that pleases the boys most is that the Acme Bakery has asked the privilege of furnishing the birthday cake for the boys and they look forward to the cutting of it with great pleasure.”

— From the Daily Clarion Ledger | January 13, 1922

Historical Documents

Growth of Scouting in the Jackson Area (1914-1923) | Compilation of various articles as written in the Clarion-Ledger


Un-dated photo from the Clarion-Ledger of some early Eagles from Troop 8. (click to enlarge)

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Among all of the Eagles awarded in Troop 8, since the early 1920’s, one has been nationally recognized as a Distinguished Eagle Scout by that National Eagle Scout Association.  Spurgeon P. Gaskin earned his Eagle Scout from Troop 8 on January 22, 1925.  For more information on the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, please visit


If you or a family member is a former member of Troop 8 and have any historical information to share, feel free to contact us at troop8 at gmail dot com.