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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.

Tenderfoot Personal Fitness

Posted on Dec 18 2014 - 9:28am

The second session of the Personal Fitness requirement for Tenderfoot will be held this Saturday, December 20th at 11 AM at Rock Creek Hills Park. See the calendar event for all the details.

No Troop Meetings Dec 22nd and Dec 29th.

Posted on Dec 18 2014 - 9:27am

We will not have Troop meetings on Monday, December 22nd and Monday, December 29th. We return again next year on Monday, January 5th. Happy Holidays!

SIGN-UP NOW: January X-C Ski/Snowshoeing Outing (Jan. 24-25)

Posted on Dec 15 2014 - 7:57am

Signup for our January X-C ski outing is now available. Please visit the calendar event for all the details and to signup by the January 19th deadline (or until capacity is reached). Space is limited.

PHOTOS POSTED: Appalachian Trail Hike

Posted on Dec 15 2014 - 7:53am

Photos (lots of them!) from our backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail have been posted. You are sure to see your Scout in action.

Outing Tomorrow

Posted on Dec 12 2014 - 7:06am

For those that are going on the hiking outing this weekend, remember that we assemble at WCCC at 7am. We will check your backpacks to make sure you have the right stuff, we'll gather the necessary patrol gear, and we'll pack all the food. A great weekend, with great weather (a little chilly at night), is anticipated.

Holiday Celebration Dec 15th

Posted on Dec 10 2014 - 7:46am

We will have a Holiday celebration during our Troop meeting on Dec. 15th, with snacks and a gift exchange. Bring a gift to participate in the gift exchange (optional). Gift should be less that $15. No water bottles, knives, or lights/headlamps, since everyone likely already has these. For those that are ready, we will also have the final Board of Review before the holiday break. Wear your full Scout A Uniform.

BSA Troop # 8

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