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.

SIGN-UP NOW: Strut-Your-Mutt Bethesda (May 21st)

Posted on May 19 2016 - 6:19pm

WE NEED YOUR HELP: The Troop volunteers its services in support of this event and your participation is vital. Scouts in uniform are needed throughout the day, divided into morning and afternoon shifts. Please see the calendar event for all the details. This event qualifies for BSA service hours and MCPS SSL hours (bring your own form).

Eagle Career Day (May 21st)

Posted on May 19 2016 - 6:18pm

Eagle Career Day will take place THIS Saturday in McLean, VA. For details, please click here.

Philmont 2017 Information Meeting (May 23rd)

Posted on May 18 2016 - 8:44am

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.

POSTED: Canoeing Outing Photos

Posted on May 17 2016 - 9:00pm

Photos from our May canoe outing on the south fork of the Shenandoah River have been posted.

HELP NEEDED: Pack 8 Cub Olympics (May 17th)

Posted on May 11 2016 - 8:18pm

Pack 8 is in need of Boy Scouts to help with its Cub Scout Olympics event on May 17th. Please see the calendar event for additional details if you can help.

POSTED: Shooting/Orienteering Outing Photos

Posted on May 9 2016 - 3:19pm

Photos from our April Shooting/Orienteering Outing at Camp Henson have been posted.

BSA Troop 8

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