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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.

Kensington Labor Day Parade

Posted on Aug 21 2014 - 9:25am

This year, Troop 8 will be helping with crowd/traffic control, rather than marching in the parade. Details are not yet final, but Scouts should plan on arriving early, where we will receive our assignments. Signup for this event will be enabled shortly.

PLC Planning Retreat September 6th

Posted on Aug 21 2014 - 9:23am

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!

Boy scout rank advancement survey - win an REI gift card!

Posted on Aug 18 2014 - 3:34pm

Our Unit Commissioner David Isaac is conducting a survey to identify priorities and best practices related to rank advancement in Boy Scout troops. This is your chance to make your opinion known and offer ideas!  The survey consists of about 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes.  The results will help troop and district leadership guide the scouting program.  Participants will be eligible to win a drawing for a $25 REI gift card!  Click https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9CKB88B to start the survey.

ISO new Troop 8 Treasurer!

Posted on Aug 6 2014 - 6:23pm

Dear Troop 8 families, Please consider volunteering to be our new Troop 8 Treasurer!  This position is a fun and vital part of our Troop and you may work from home!  It involves maintaining the Troop's PayPal and checking/savings accounts, reconciling Paypal payments with the corresponding outings page, preparing a monthly budget, reimbursing folks for food and other expenses, and tracking the campership funds.  Interested?  Please email or call Robin, robinmrichardson@aol.com or 301-793-2893.  Thank you!!

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.

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