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.

Mon. Nov. 3: Parent Committee Meeting

Posted on Oct 31 2014 - 8:07am

All parents are welcome to attend. Our agenda:
1. Welcome and overview;
2. Scoutmaster report: Jerry;
3. Rechartering: Louise;
4. Review of Finances and Budget: Amanda;

PHOTOS POSTED: University of Maryland Climbing Night

Posted on Oct 30 2014 - 8:52pm

Photos from the climbing/ropes night at the University of Maryland's outdoor facility have now been posted. Every effort was made to capture each Scout in full concentration and you can download your favorite(s) from the Troop's Picasa site (using the link).

Sell Popcorn on Election Day

Posted on Oct 30 2014 - 7:55pm

New dates/times have been added to sell popcorn on election day at Kensington-Parkwood Elementary School. There is a morning and afternoon session. Please signup if interested.

WCCC Fall Service Project (Nov. 2nd)

Posted on Oct 30 2014 - 7:26am

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. If you want SSL hours, please bring the filled out form with you.

FINAL DETAILS: BIcycling Shakedown this Saturday

Posted on Oct 30 2014 - 7:25am

For those Scouts going on the bicycling shakedown, please visit the calendar event for last minute instructions and reminders.

Sign up to staff the Troop 8 Popcorn Sales Booth

Posted on Oct 30 2014 - 7:17am

We are in URGENT NEED of scouts and parents to staff the Troop 8 Popcorn Sales booth on November 1 & 2. Please sign up for one of the storefront opportunities on the troop website

BSA Troop # 8

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