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.

100th Eagle in Troop 8

Posted on Oct 24 2016 - 7:59am

Please congratulate Jack Taylor on becoming the Troop's 100th Eagle recipient.

Last Minute: Caving Outing

Posted on Oct 20 2016 - 5:37pm

For those going on the caving outing, please remember that we need to have TWO permission forms and an active BSA medical form on file in order to participate. The Troop's permission form is delivered electronically and the Laurel Caverns permission form (upper or lower cave) must be submitted in hardcopy by Saturday morning. Our Medical Forms coordinator Dr. Sheridan is handling the medical forms. We assemble at the WCCC at 7am for an exciting adventure in western Pennsylvania.

Philmont Orientation Meeting (Mon. Oct. 24th)

Posted on Oct 20 2016 - 11:32am

For Scouts (and families) heading to Philmont next summer, there will be a mandatory orientation meeting on Monday, Oct. 24th, 6:30pm at the WCCC. We'll cover a number of important issues including pre-trip preparation (physical and technical), expectations, equipment, and payment plan. Because a successful Philmont experience depends on a team effort, it is important that everyone (both Scouts and parents) engaged fully in our preparatory activities.

Eagle Project: Robert Isaac (Oct. 16)

Posted on Oct 9 2016 - 8:24am

Robert Isaac will be executing his Eagle Project on Sunday, October 16th at the WCCC beginning at 9am. Please see the calendar event for more details and to let Robert know if you can help.

SIGNUP NOW: October Caving/Spelunking Outing (Oct. 22-23)

Posted on Oct 7 2016 - 8:23am

Signup for the October caving adventure at Laurel Caverns is now enabled. Please visit the calendar event for all the details and to sign up and pay before the Oct. 11th deadline. This is an exciting adventure not to be missed, but the time to signup is short.

Eagle Project: Donny Isaac (Oct. 9th)

Posted on Oct 6 2016 - 8:38pm

Donny Isaac will be executing his Eagle Project this weekend at the WCCC, beginning at 9am on Sunday (note date change). Please see the calendar event for more details and to let Donny know if you can help.

BSA Troop 8

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