Past Leaders

Troop 1776 has been honored to have fantastic Troop leadership since it was founded.  Many of our predecessors are still involved in Scouting although their sons have now grown up and moved out of the home, which is a testament to this fact.  We still have a number of past leaders involved at the National, Council, and District levels.  The legacy that they have left is still felt and we honor them for their hard work and dedication today.


  • 1993-1996: Patrick Adams
  • 1996-1999: Don Wendell
  • 1999-2005: Gary Carter
  • 2005-2008: John Stone
  • 2008-2011: Bill Hemenway
  • 2011-2014: Dr. Mikel White
  • 2014-2017: Jeff Joiner
  • 2017-2020: David Wille
  • 2020 – Present: John Stoker

Committee Chairs:

  • 1993-1995: Doug Sims
  • 1995-1999: Marian Moore
  • 1999-2000: Tim Richards
  • 2000-2006: Joe Farmer
  • 2006-2009: Gerry Lington
  • 2009-2012: Sam Stricklin
  • 2012-2015: John Carney
  • 2015-2017: James Fisher
  • 2017-2020: Chip Stewart
  • 2017 – Present: Troy McSimov

Previous BIOS:

Mikel “Doc” White served as scoutmaster of Troop 1776 from 2011 to 2014.  

I grew up in southern Utah where the main form of entertainment was camping, hunting, and fishing.  I spent 7 years working on farms to help pay my way through college at the University of Utah.

I have been married for 20 years to Adrienne White and we have 3 children.  The oldest is an eagle scout, has attended a national jamboree, Philmont (twice), Bahamas sea base, and Northern Tier twice.  The younger scout is working towards eagle and attended his first high adventure at Northern Tier in July of 2012.  He went to the national jamboree and Sea Base in 2013.  My daughter’s extra curricular activities revolve around dance but I’m hoping that I’ll get the chance to take her to Philmont with a venture crew when she gets older. 

The aim of scouting is to help boys develop into honorable men.  Our troop does this by giving the boys lots of responsibility and holding them accountable, providing activities that challenge scouts both mentally and physically, and constantly reinforcing the principles of the scout oath and law.  

I know that boys will remain active in scouts only if they are having fun. Thus we have structured our program, with direct input from the youth, to do just that.  You may have heard the saying “fun with a purpose.”  That is exactly how we approach our program.  Make it fun for the boys, they will stay involved, and we can reinforce the aims of scouting.  We consider ourselves a high-adventure and jamboree troop.  Just look at our activities and you can see why (PhilmontSea BaseNorthern TierValley Forge, Rock Climbing, National Jamboree, World Jamboree, etc.).  I have been the adviser on two Philmont treks and a Northern Tier trek a northern tier trek (64 attendees) and the national jamboree.  We are high adventure! 

Are you ready for scouting, full tilt?  Troop 1776 has the program that will make it fun, adventurous, and a program that is extremely successful helping scouts get to eagle.  Come join us, and make some memories.

Dr. White