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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.

Drivers Needed

Posted on Apr 18 2014 - 7:00am

For the upcoming canoe outing, we need some additional drivers for the dropoff on Saturday, April 26th and the pickup on Sunday, April 27th. Please contact our transportation chair, Lisa Silverman at transportation@bsatroop8.net if you can assist. She will follow up early next week. For details on the driving commitment (1.5 hours), please see the calendar event.

Troop Meeting this Monday

Posted on Apr 18 2014 - 6:58am

Reminder that because MCPS will be in session next Monday, April 21st, we WILL have a regularly scheduled Troop meeting.

Camp Henson Early Bird Pricing Payments Due April 30

Posted on Apr 18 2014 - 12:54am

The balance of the $380 for Camp Henson is due by April 30 to our Treasurer, Mrs. Emery. After April 30, the price charged by the camp increases by $25. If anyone has a request for a campership, please contact Mrs. Richardson. If your son has not yet picked out his merit badge choices, please see Mrs. Sakaria. For any other questions, please see Mr. Taylor. 

Swim Test at the YMCA (Apr. 10th)

Posted on Apr 8 2014 - 4:03pm

All Scouts who need to pass the BSA swim test prior to the April canoe outing should come to the YMCA on April 10th at 7pm. Please see the calendar event for all the details.

Sign Up NOW: Canoeing Outing (April 26th,27th)

Posted on Apr 8 2014 - 8:30am

Registration for our April canoe outing on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is now enabled. Click on the calendar event for all the details and to register by the April 14th deadline.

Third Session: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (Apr. 11th)

Posted on Apr 8 2014 - 8:29am

The third session for the Personal Fitness Merit Badge will be held Friday, April 11th, at 6:30 p.m. at Rock Creek Hills Park. See the calendar event for all the details.

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