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: Permission Slips?

Posted on Mar 30 2015 - 8:28am

For every outing, the Troop requires that a parent/guardian sign a permission form using our electronic signature system called RightSignature. In addition to electronically signing the release, parents/guardians should also indicate on this form all medications, allergies, and anything else that leaders should be aware of. While this information should also be listed on the BSA medical form that the Troop has on file, the permission slips are readily accessible to the leaders and contain the latest information needed to better manage the outings. Scouts are ultimately responsible for their own medications, but leaders are happy to offer reminders.

Annual Rock Creek Cleanup (Apr. 11)

Posted on Mar 30 2015 - 8:13am

Every year, Troop 8 supplies volunteers to help clean up Rock Creek. Please see the calendar event for more details about this year's event. This event qualifies for BSA service and MCPS SSL hours.

Spring Court of Honor (Mar. 30th)

Posted on Mar 26 2015 - 8:06pm

The Spring Court of Honor, where we recognize all the advancement that occurred during the Fall, will take place on Monday, March 30th, starting at 6:30pm at the WCCC. Thirteen Scouts have advanced rank and 29 merit badges have been earned. This is a pot luck event, so please check the calendar event for your food assignment, setup/cleanup assignment (by Patrol), and all the details. Come and help us celebrate the Scouts achievement.

Second Session: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (Mar. 29th)

Posted on Mar 24 2015 - 4:46pm

The second session of the Personal Fitness Merit Badge will take place this Sunday at 5pm in Rock Creek Hills Park. Please see the calendar event for all the details.

Monday Troop Meeting Preparation

Posted on Mar 19 2015 - 7:28am

All Scouts (not just those going on the March outing) should bring their packed backpack and wear their hiking boots to the meeting on Monday. We'll inspect what you have, what you might need, and how to properly pack it for the weekend outing. The Troop has a basic packing list for you to use if needed. Don't worry if you don't have everything...the Troop has some clothing/boots available in our clothing swap and there will be time before the outing to pick up any missing items. Please do your best.

DID YOU KNOW: Advancement Status?

Posted on Mar 19 2015 - 7:28am

Did you know that if you want to see your advancement status on the website, you simply have to click on the Troop Roster menu item to the left, find your name, and then click on the rank link next to your name. If you've done some advancement that is not reflected on the webpage report, please show your signed Scout Handbook to our advancement coordinator, Ms. Flick, at the next Troop meeting.

BSA Troop # 8

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