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.

Winter Court of Honor (Feb. 8)

Posted on Feb 4 2016 - 2:34pm

Our Winter Court of Honor (COH), where we recognize the advancement that has occurred since our last COH, will take place next Monday, February 8th. Our Scouts have been busy, with 22 advancing rank. Please see the calendar event for all the details. It is a pot-luck event starting at 6:30pm, so please come celebrate with us.

Troop 8 and 15 Merit Badge/Tenderfoot Advancement Day (Feb. 20th)

Posted on Jan 31 2016 - 2:21pm

Troop 8 will once again combine forces with Troop 15 to offer a merit-badge/advancement day for Scouts. Please see the calendar event for all the details. We need merit badge counselors to step forward, so please reach out to our merit badge coordinator, Mr. Joe Smolskis, if you can help.

Potomac District Merit Badge Day (Feb. 6th)

Posted on Jan 31 2016 - 2:20pm

The Potomac District of NCAC is hosting a Merit Badge Day on Saturday, February 6th. Please see the calendar event for all the details. You must be registered by February 1st and you must have a signed blue card before attending. Remember also the the Troop is holding its own Merit Badge Day on Saturday, February 20th (please see this calendar event for more details). Plenty of opportunities to advance during these winter months!

SAVE-THE-DATE: DC Merit Badge University (Apr. 9-10)

Posted on Jan 30 2016 - 8:51am

The Zeta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega at The Catholic University of America will be holding a Merit Badge University on April 9-10. Details are still evolving, so please check the calendar event for more information if interested. Note that this is not a Troop 8 function and registration must be done through the CUA website, which is likely to be enabled in the next few weeks.


Posted on Jan 21 2016 - 5:02pm

We still have a few spots for the ski trip and have decided to keep registration open until this Monday, January 25th to give anyone who wants to go a final opportunity to sign up. So, don’t miss this last chance to sign up for the annual Timberline ski trip. 2 great days of skiing, food and lodging all included. With the coming snow storm, conditions should be fantastic for skiing. Don’t wait, you have only until Monday at midnight to sign up. Please also pay using the link on the website.

No Troop Meeting Monday January 25th.

Posted on Jan 21 2016 - 5:00pm

With MCPS closed on Monday, there will not be a Troop meeting.

BSA Troop 8

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