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.

DID YOU KNOW: Advancement Status

Posted on Sep 22 2016 - 8:44am

Did you know that you can check on your advancement status at anytime by going to the Troop Roster and clicking on the "rank" link next to your name? If the information displayed on the website is different from what you have signed off in your Troop Handbook, please speak with Mr. Eddy (our Advancement Coordinator) at an upcoming Troop meeting.

Troop Dues Increase October 1st

Posted on Sep 22 2016 - 8:39am

Troop dues for the 2016-2017 Program Year increase on October 1st. For early bird pricing, please use the Online Payments menu option to the left. For more details, visit the Joining Troop 8 section.

Personal Fitness: Baseline Testing and Class (Sept. 17th)

Posted on Sep 12 2016 - 9:01am

Scouts interested in personal fitness advancement, either the Merit Badge or as part of the Tenderfoot requirements, should contact Matt Scherer and/or Mike Silverman. Sessions are beginning, with the next baseline testing this Saturday. Please see the calendar event for all the details. Scouts working on the merit badge will have class following this initial baseline testing.

SIGNUP NOW: September Five Forks Outing (Sept. 24-25)

Posted on Sep 12 2016 - 9:00am

Signup is now enabled for our first outing of the year at Five Forks. Please see the calendar event for all the details. Members of the PLC are expected to arrive Friday afternoon/evening for leadership training, while the rest of the Troop arrives Saturday morning.

HELP NEEDED: Kensington Labor Day Parade (Mon., Sept 5th)

Posted on Sep 2 2016 - 7:04am

Troop 8 has committed to help with the Kensington Labor Day Parade. We are not marching, but rather helping with traffic and crowd control. Please visit the calendar event for more details and to sign up! We need 15-20 Scouts to commit.

2016-2017 Program Year Dues

Posted on Aug 30 2016 - 7:19am

Troop dues for the 2016-2017 Program Year have been set and may be paid using the Online Payments menu option. To encourage early registration, dues increase on October 1st. Please visit the Joining Troop 8 section for more details.

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