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.

BSA Swim Test Opportunity (May 2nd)

Posted on Apr 28 2016 - 7:38am

All Scouts going on the canoe outing, attending summer camp, and/or participating in high-adventure must take the swim test now. There will be another opportunity to test next Monday, May 2nd. See the calendar event for all the details.

SIGN-UP NOW: Canoeing Outing (May 14-15)

Posted on Apr 28 2016 - 7:31am

Signup for our May canoe outing on the Shenandoah River is now enabled. Please visit the calendar event for all the details and to register/pay by the May 9th deadline.

Philmont 2017 Information Meeting (May 23rd)

Posted on Apr 23 2016 - 8:50am

Troop 8 is going to the Philmont High-Adventure Base in the summer of 2017. While this trip is more than a year away, advanced planning is necessary and we will have an informational meeting on May 23rd (during the Troop meeting) for Scouts and parents who might have interest in joining us. Please see the calendar event for more details, including minimum requirements and expectations.

Eagle Project: Ian Shonat

Posted on Apr 23 2016 - 8:50am

Ian Shonat will be executing his Eagle Project on June 4,5 (Phase I) and June 11th (Phase II). Please see the calendar event for all the details as they become available. Eagle projects require the assistance of other Scouts and Ian would appreciate your help.

Next Parent Committee Meeting May 9th

Posted on Apr 21 2016 - 9:16pm

The Parent Committee Meeting scheduled for April 25th has been cancelled. Please join us on May 9th instead.

BSA Swim Test (Apr. 24th)

Posted on Apr 20 2016 - 3:33pm

Prior to participating in any water activities, Scouts must complete an annual BSA swim test. With the Canoe Outing approaching, we're offering a BSA swim test at the YMCA on Sunday, April 24th at 2pm. Any Scouts and/or uniformed leaders who have not completed a BSA swim test within the previous 12 months will have an opportunity to take the test and complete it. Please see the calendar event for more details and to register your interest.

BSA Troop 8

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