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: Whitewater Rafting

Posted on Sep 30 2014 - 8:06pm

Signup for the Whitewater rafting trip in October is now enabled. See the calendar event for all the details and to register (and pay) by the October 6th deadline.

Sequoia National Park Adventure 2013

Posted on Sep 29 2014 - 2:57pm

Former Troop 8 Scoutmaster James Short has submitted a compelling diary of his adventures in the Sequoia National Park during the summer of 2013. Scouting lays a strong foundation upon which a lifetime of adventure can be built.

2014 Popcorn Sale is Underway! Earn Prizes! Learn more.

Posted on Sep 29 2014 - 10:01am

For details, please see the attached flyer and the NCAC Popcorn section

Upcoming Religious Awards and Events

Posted on Sep 29 2014 - 8:27am

All Catholic Scouts in Troop 8 interested in earning the Ad Altare Dei religious award may join a class that is forming at Blessed Sacrament Parish beginning in October. Boys must have completed the sixth grade to begin classes and they must be 14 to receive the award (although it can be earned and held until the scout is 14). There is a $40 fee for texts and materials. For more details, please contact our Chaplain, Ms. Reidy-Borenstein.

DUES are DUE and MUST be paid for your scout to stay registered

Posted on Sep 26 2014 - 11:30am

Dues for the 2014-2015 program year are now due and payable using the Online Payments link from the website. On October 1st, dues will increase by $30.

Fall Court of Honor on Mon. 9/29: Parent Volunteers needed: setup, cleanup

Posted on Sep 25 2014 - 11:17pm

Dear Scout families, please let me know if you can help with setup (arrive by 6:00 pm) or clean up (following CoH) on Monday night. As they say, many hands make light work and everyone is welcome.

BSA Troop # 8

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