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.

SATURDAY: Climbing at University of Maryland (Oct 25th)

Posted on Oct 23 2014 - 7:30am

For those who will be attending the climbing event at the University of Maryland on Saturday, please bring your signed waivers (will not be available on site) and money for any non-Scouts or parents who wish to climb (non-climbing guests are free). Please see the calendar event for all the details, including maps of the area, driving directions, and copies of the waivers (for minors and adults). It is still not too late to signup if you wish to join us.

Whitewater Outfitter Waivers

Posted on Oct 17 2014 - 6:52am

In addition to the Troop permission form (which must be signed electronically), this weekend's whitewater trip requires a separate waiver for the outfitter. A PDF of the form is on the calendar. We must have it before your child leaves the WCCC parking lot on Saturday morning.

Entrepreneurship MB

Posted on Oct 16 2014 - 1:32pm

Scouts interested in earning the Entrepreneurship merit badge should come early (7pm) to Monday's Troop meeting to discuss marketing strategies and make posters for upcoming popcorn sales. Questions: Ask Ms. Sheila Canavan or Ms. Rachelle Cummins.

SIGNUP NOW: Sell Popcorn with the Troop

Posted on Oct 13 2014 - 9:02pm

The Troop has scheduled a number of opportunities for Scouts to help sell popcorn. Instead of going door-to-door, you simply spend two hours in front of a nearby store (grocery or hardware) and sell to customers entering and leaving. Please choose one of these events on the calendar and sign-up now. When you sign up, indicate when you will be there (in two hour chunks). Remember we need to staff all slots with Scouts and Adults, so please be generous with your time.

WCCC Fall Service Project (Nov. 2nd)

Posted on Oct 13 2014 - 9:17am

The Woman's Club of Chevy Chase (WCCC) provides our troop with a place to meet and several times a year we have a service project as a way to show our appreciation for their generosity. Our fall service project at the WCCC will be held on Sunday, November 2nd from 9am-12pm. All Scouts and families are invited to participate. Click here for more details.

SIGN-UP NOW: Bicycling Shakedown (Nov. 1st)

Posted on Oct 13 2014 - 9:16am

The annual Bicycling Outing is scheduled for Nov. 15-16. Anyone who has not previously bicycled with the Troop or has not earned the Bicycling Merit Badge will be required to participate in the Bike Shakedown, scheduled for Nov. 1st. See the calendar event for more details and to register by the October 27th deadline.

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