Troop 8 has been a continuously operating unit of the Boy Scouts of America since 1919. We are based in the Chevy Chase / Bethesda / Kensington region of Maryland and provide opportunities for boys from ages 11–17 to experience the outdoors, learn outdoor skills, provide community service, and grow through leadership experience in a well-structured advancement program. 

Our program focuses on diverse outdoor activities that include backpacking, camping, canoeing, bicycling, skiing, and shooting sports. We attend summer camp and regularly have boys of 14 years and older participate in BSA-sponsored high adventure trips. The troop provides community service support to the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, Audubon Society, Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Capital Area Food Bank, YMCA Youth and Family Services, the Rotary Club Foundation and other local church, civic, and health care organizations. Troop meetings are held every Monday evening at 7:30pm at the Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase. Outdoor activities are conducted at least once a month.

Our sponsoring organization is the Westlake Troop 8 BSA Memorial Foundation. William Westlake was a Troop 8 Scoutmaster for 35 years and bequeathed his estate for the benefit of youth organizations in the Washington, DC area. For more information about us, including information on joining, please use the active menu links to the left. While access to many parts of our website is granted only to members of the Troop (by login), we would be delighted to hear from any interested families.

Fifth Session: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (May 22nd)

Posted on May 21 2015 - 12:58pm

The fifth session of the Personal Fitness Merit Badge will take place this Friday at 6pm in Rock Creek Hills Park. Please see the calendar event for all the details.

PHOTOS POSTED: Strut Your Mutt

Posted on May 20 2015 - 6:57am

Thanks to the Scouts and adults who volunteered their service to the Strut Your Mutt Parade and Festival. We have been featured in the Gazette Newspaper and all photos from the event have been posted on our website.

LAST MINUTE: Strut Your Mutt Bethesda 2015 (May 16th)

Posted on May 14 2015 - 8:16pm

There is still time to signup now for the annual Strut Your Mutt Bethesda Dog Parade and Festival (and we could use your help, particularly in the afternoon). The Troop volunteers its services in support of this event and your participation is vital. Scouts in uniform are needed throughout the day, divided into morning and afternoon shifts. Please see the calendar event for all the detail, including last minute instructions. This event qualifies for BSA service hours and MCPS SSL hours (bring your own form).

SIGN-UP NOW: HOST Hike (May 23rd)

Posted on May 11 2015 - 8:57am

On the morning of Saturday, May 23, the Troop will send a contingent of scouts (and family members are welcome too!) to participate in the third annual History of Scouting Trail (“H.O.S.T.”) hike to take place in Washington, DC. This year, the H.O.S.T. Hike will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Order of the Arrow. Troops from all over the country will participate in this special event. See the calendar event for more details and to register for this special event.

PHOTOS POSTED: Shooting Sports Outing at NVGC

Posted on May 10 2015 - 2:38pm

Photos from our May Shooting Sports Outing at the Northern Virginia Gun Club (NVGC) have been posted.

Fourth Session: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (May 8th)

Posted on May 7 2015 - 9:24pm

The fourth session of the Personal Fitness Merit Badge will take place this Friday at 6pm in Rock Creek Hills Park. Please see the calendar event for all the details.

BSA Troop 8

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