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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.

Additional Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Jan 27 2015 - 5:44pm

Periodically throughout the year, different organizations offer merit badge opportunities. While these are not managed by the Troop, there are a couple of opportunities that you might be interested in:

NEW DATE: Winter Court of Honor (Monday, Feb. 9th)

Posted on Jan 26 2015 - 1:54pm

The Winter Court of Honor, where we recognize all the advancement that occurred during the Fall, will take place on Monday, February 9th (new date), starting at 6:30pm at the WCCC. Seventeen boys have advanced rank and we will have 10 merit badges and over 64 special awards to give out. This is a pot luck event, so please check the calendar event for your food assignment, setup/cleanup assignment (by Patrol), and all the details. Come and help us celebrate the Scouts achievement.

PHOTOS POSTED: X-C Skiing Outing

Posted on Jan 25 2015 - 5:51pm

Photos from our X-C Skiing outing to New Germany State Park have been posted. The weather was perfect for skiing and you are sure to see your Scout in action.

Prepare for this Weekend's Outing

Posted on Jan 23 2015 - 6:31am

For those Scouts going on the X-C Skiing/Snowshoeing outing this weekend, remember that we hope to be outside most of the day on Saturday and then spending the night in a cabin. Please dress in layers (with warm boots) on Saturday morning and bring a Duffle bag/pack for the cabin. Don't forget water and sunscreen. We are not sure about what is in the cabin, so bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Also remember to bring your own lunch for Saturday...all other meals will be provided. The weather calls for snow in Western Maryland, so keep your fingers crossed for the perfect conditions. Regardless, it will be an adventure. See everyone at 7am.

SIGN-UP EXTENDED: Downhill Ski Outing

Posted on Jan 22 2015 - 5:16pm

The deadline for signing up for the Timberline Ski Trip has been extended to Monday, January 26th (the Court of Honor), but the number of remaining slots is limited. Please see the calendar event to register and pay by the new deadline. Because we must pay the ski resort directly, you MUST pay (using Paypal) at the time of registration. Our coordinator, Mr. Skilton, asks that families who wish to take advantage of any "add-on" items should bring their filled-out form along with a check (made payable to BSA Troop 8). Mr. Skilton will also be available to answer any questions.

ISO Merit Badge Counselors/Session Leaders

Posted on Jan 12 2015 - 10:21pm

TO ALL PARENTS AND ADULTS: We really need to add some badges to make the February 14 Merit Badge Day a successful event. Please consider leading or co-leading another session. Last year, for instance, we also offered merit badges on chess, communications, family life, and architecture. Do we have a coin collector, banker (American business badge), dentist, veterinarian, or lawyer among you? All of these badges can be completed in 3 hours with the right person to lead the scouts. We know you are out there so please step up! There is a merit badge for just about any interest so if you have a skill or interest, please consider helping out (a list of badges can found at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badges#List_of_current_Merit_...). Troop 15 has specifically asked whether someone could lead a session on the Sustainability badge so please take a look and consider it (requirements can be found at http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Sustainability). In many cases, a three hour or even all day session will not be sufficient to complete the badge; don't let that stop you - you can still give a scout a great start on his way to a badge he's interested in.

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