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.

What do do AFTER a campout!

Posted on Aug 30 2014 - 9:28am

Did you ever wonder what you should do when you arrive home from a Troop 8 outing? If so, then have a look at this Post Campout Checklist, sent to us by Scoutmaster Emeritus Andy Mullin.

Current Medical Form on File?

Posted on Aug 30 2014 - 8:51am

All Scouts who participate on Troop 8 outings/events must have a current medical form on file with the Troop. To check your status, click on the Troop roster, then click on your name. If the dates of your medical forms are more than a year old or there is no information about medical forms shown on the roster, then you must provide new medical forms. For weekend outings, Parts A and B are required. Part C is required for Summer camp and all high-adventure. Click here for more details. Signed forms may be turned in at any Troop meeting.

PLC Planning Retreat September 6th

Posted on Aug 28 2014 - 7:53am

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!

SIGN UP NOW: Kensington Labor Day Parade

Posted on Aug 28 2014 - 7:53am

This year, Troop 8 will be helping with crowd/traffic control, rather than marching in the parade. Please visit the calendar event for more details and to sign up. We need a rather large contingent of Scouts to cover all of our assignments, so please join us.

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!!

BSA Troop # 8

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