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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.

Committee Meeting: March 2, 2015

Posted on Mar 1 2015 - 5:07pm

All parents are welcome to attend. Our agenda:
1. Welcome and overview;
2. Scoutmaster report: Jerry;
3. Review of Finances and Budget: Amanda;

Pinewood Derby - Best One Yet!

Posted on Feb 26 2015 - 10:44pm

The Pinewood Derby for Pack 8 is Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 Am - 3:30 P.M. We still need a couple of scouts and an adult to pitch in and help out. The event is at Our Lady of Lourdes church at 7500 Pearl Street.

Last Minute: Timberline Ski Trip

Posted on Feb 26 2015 - 6:38am

For those going on the ski trip this weekend, some last minute instructions:
1) Driving directions: See the calendar event or type "Timberline Four Seasons Resort" into your GPS system.

SIGN-UP NOW: Summer Camp

Posted on Feb 24 2015 - 8:09pm

Registration is now open for summer camp at Henson Scout Reservation June 21-27, 2015. This is Henson's 50th anniversary and the Troop has once again secured the "best" campsite. For more details and to reserve your spot, please visit the calendar event. Please note that this year we are asking for the full payment of $399 at time of registration.

Permission Forms for Skiing

Posted on Feb 19 2015 - 8:22pm

For those Scouts going on the downhill skiing outing at Timberline Resort, please be aware that the Troop requires two different signed permission forms: one for the outing itself (sent automatically to a parents email address using RightSignature) and one hardcopy form that Timberline requires of all Scouts who are renting equipment. If you are renting skis and have not yet filled out the hardcopy Timberline permission form, then you must see Mr. Tom Skilton (our ski trip coordinator) at Monday's Troop meeting. Without these signed permission forms, you Scout will not be permitted to ski.

Scout Training Calendars

Posted on Feb 16 2015 - 9:19am

They say every scout deserves trained leaders, and there are a bunch of training opportunities this year. Since this information can sometimes be hard to find, please find attached copies of the Potomac and NCAC calendars. For those not going on the ski outing, University of Scouting has a bunch of great classes...more information http://www.ncacbsa.org/events/event_details.asp?id=576373&group=.

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