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: Old Rag Backpacking (Dec. 12-13)

Posted on Nov 29 2015 - 9:49am

Signup for our December backpacking trip to Old Rag in the Shenandoah National Park is now enabled. See the calendar event for all the details and to register by the December 7th deadline.

PHOTOS: Bicycling Outing

Posted on Nov 26 2015 - 6:56am

Photos from our bike trip along the C&O Canal (from Cumberland to Hancock, MD) have been posted.

DID-YOU-KNOW: Advancement Status

Posted on Nov 25 2015 - 11:33am

Did you know that rank advancement information for every Scout can be found on the website. Simply go to the Troop Roster and click on the rank hyperlink next to the Scout's name. If anything is incorrect, please see our Advancement Chair, Mr. Eddy.

Environmental Science MB Workshop (Dec. 5th)

Posted on Nov 24 2015 - 5:12pm

Troop 8 is sponsoring an Environmental Science merit badge workshop on Saturday, December 5th, at the University of Maryland. Please see the calendar event for all the details and to sign-up. Thanks to Asst. Scoutmaster Iqbal Hamza for organizing this.

Automotive Maintenance MB Workshop (Jan. 18)

Posted on Nov 24 2015 - 4:48pm

Troop 8 is sponsoring an Automotive Maintenance merit badge workshop on Monday, January 18th, at Edison High School in Silver Springs. Please see the calendar event for all the details and to sign-up. Thanks to Mr. John O'Donnell for organizing this.

LAST-MINUTE: Bicycling Outing

Posted on Nov 19 2015 - 1:02pm

For those going on the bicycling outing this weekend, please note that the weather is expected to be quite cold, particularly on Sunday morning. All riders should have a warm pair of gloves for bicycling and camping gear appropriate for freezing temperatures. Gear that you carry with you on the bicycle (jacket, rain gear, lunch, water) should allow you to adjust to the temperature changes during the day. Most of your heavy camping gear will be on the truck waiting for you when we get to the campsite.

BSA Troop 8

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