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.

2016-2017 Program Year Dues

Posted on Jul 16 2016 - 9:00pm

Troop dues for the 2016-2017 Program Year have set and may be paid using the Online Payments menu option. To encourage early registration, dues increase on October 1st. Please visit the Joining Troop 8 section for more details.

Receipts for Reimbursement

Posted on Jul 13 2016 - 9:53am

Please submit any outstanding receipts and requests for reimbursement (including the event for which the cost was incurred such as "patrol supplies 5forks camping") to the Troop 8 Treasurer Amanda Anderson at ALABSA8@comcast.net. We would like to close the books for this scouting year by August 1st, in preparation for the upcoming one. Thank you.

POSTED: Trout Run Valley Backpacking Photos

Posted on Jul 13 2016 - 9:53am

Photos from the 2016 Trout Run Valley circumnavigation backpacking trip have been posted.

Photos from Summer Camp 2016

Posted on Jul 1 2016 - 7:32am

Lots of photos from summer camp at Henson Scout Reservation have been posted here.

Summer Court of Honor (Monday, June 13th)

Posted on Jun 7 2016 - 11:11am

The summer Court of Honor (COH), where we recognize the achievements of our Scouts before the summer break, will take place on Monday, June 13th in Meadowbrook Park (special location) beginning at 6:30pm (setup starting 6:00pm). See the calendar event for all the details, including driving directions and food assignments by patrol.

Eagle Project: Ian Shonat

Posted on Jun 7 2016 - 10:45am

Ian Shonat will be finishing his Eagle Project this Saturday, June 11th (Phase II) and would welcome Scout help. Please see the calendar event for more details. Eagle projects require the assistance of other Scouts and Ian would appreciate your help.

BSA Troop 8

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