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.

Game Design Merit Badge Opportunity

Posted on Nov 24 2014 - 4:44pm

BSA launched the new Game Design Merit Badge in 2013. To earn this STEM-based merit badge, a Scout is required to analyze different types of games; describe play value, content, and theme; and understand the significance of intellectual property as it relates to the game industry. The Scout must demonstrate an initial concept, prototyping, feedback from testing, and multiple design iterations based on initial testing. We are starting a Game Design Merit Badge group that will run January through April, 2015. To enable the game creation and facilitate video game design, the Scouts will participate in a 1-day event on April 11th, 2015 in Alexandria where teens create their own video games. The event is called JamTech (http://jamtech.me/). JamTech was founded in 2010 and this is their 11th event. The cost $18 and the boy’s parent will need to register him for the event. These events sell out quickly, so registering ASAP is important. Eventbrite Registration URL: http://bit.ly/1zOTEUV.

PHOTOS POSTED: Biking along the C&O Canal

Posted on Nov 20 2014 - 8:15pm

Photos from our November bicycling outing have been posted. Please be sure to use the "click here" link to access all the photos on our Google Picasa site.

Personal Fitness Requirement for Tenderfoot (Nov. 22nd)

Posted on Nov 20 2014 - 7:32am

The first session of the personal fitness requirement for Tenderfoot (requirement #10) will be held this Saturday, November 22nd, at 10am. See the calendar event for all the details.

Eagle Project Help (Nov. 22-23)

Posted on Nov 20 2014 - 7:32am

Scouts interested in learning more about an Eagle Project are encouraged to help W. Richardson as he completes his this weekend. See the calendar event for more details. Helping your fellow Scout complete the important Eagle project is a time-honored tradition and a rewarding experience for all. Even a little bit of help is appreciated.

Calendar Syncing

Posted on Nov 20 2014 - 7:30am

If you would like to have the Troop's calendar of events appear in one of your own electronic calendars (iOS, Windows, Google, iCal, etc.), click on the "Calendar Sync" menu option to the left and follow the instructions.

Committee Meeting Minutes

Posted on Nov 18 2014 - 1:47pm

For your reading pleasure, the minutes for all Troop 8 Committee Meetings are posted in the Files section of the website. All parents are invited to attend and contribute.

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