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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.

PLC Planning Retreat September 6th

Posted on Jul 22 2014 - 5:20pm

All Scouts holding the rank of First Class or above and who wish to have a position of responsibility beginning in the Fall of 2014 should plan on attending the PLC planning retreat scheduled for Saturday, September 6th. Scouts who are not yet First Class should send a message to their current Patrol leader if there is an event or activity that they'd really like for the Troop to try next year. Remember that Scouting is boy led!

Peter Hutt-Sierra Eagle Project

Posted on Jul 11 2014 - 7:53am

Troop 8:   For my Eagle Scout Project I will be constructing an exterior set of stairs at Saint Marks Orthodox Church.  The project will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. on both the 19th and 20th of July, a Saturday and Sunday.  Any help will be appreciated and I hope that most of you can spend part of the weekend helping with the construction.  

Summer Camp Return Time

Posted on Jun 26 2014 - 8:42pm

The Scouts attending Henson will be checked-out and departing camp around 9:30am Saturday. Their arrival time back at the WCCC is expected around 11:30am - noon. Please plan for that arrival window.

Chess Opportunity

Posted on Jun 24 2014 - 7:52pm

A chess club is starting up in Kensington...might be of interest to anyone seeking the Chess merit badge or just enjoys playing the game. For details, please visit the group's Facebook page.

Photos from Summer Camp

Posted on Jun 24 2014 - 1:30pm

Photos from summer camp at Henson have been streaming in on a daily basis and posted for viewing.

National Certificate of Merit to Kyle Short

Posted on Jun 23 2014 - 7:49am

Kyle Short, a Troop 8 Eagle Scout and son of Mr. Short and Ms. Hassler, was recently awarded the Scouts' National Certificate of Merit for actions at Kings Canyon Park in California. Kyle was backpacking with his father, an experienced local hiker and fisherman.  After setting camp,  the fisherman decided to fish a familiar lake and planned on bringing fish back for dinner that evening.  However, after waiting several hours and as night approached the fisherman had not returned to the camp site from the lake. Kyle was able to use a medical emergency locator to contact the Park Ranger. Once the Park Ranger arrived Kyle accompanied the Ranger to look for the lost fisherman. They located the fisherman who was incoherent and gave him food and water and helped him back to camp safely.

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