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.

Photos from Summer Camp 2016

Posted on Jun 19 2016 - 12:35pm

Photos from summer camp at Henson Scout Reservation will be posted here as received. Please check back periodically for updates.

Summer Court of Honor (Monday, June 13th)

Posted on Jun 7 2016 - 11:11am

The summer Court of Honor (COH), where we recognize the achievements of our Scouts before the summer break, will take place on Monday, June 13th in Meadowbrook Park (special location) beginning at 6:30pm (setup starting 6:00pm). See the calendar event for all the details, including driving directions and food assignments by patrol.

Eagle Project: Ian Shonat

Posted on Jun 7 2016 - 10:45am

Ian Shonat will be finishing his Eagle Project this Saturday, June 11th (Phase II) and would welcome Scout help. Please see the calendar event for more details. Eagle projects require the assistance of other Scouts and Ian would appreciate your help.

Last Parent Committee Meeting (Jun. 6th)

Posted on Jun 2 2016 - 7:34pm

We will hold our year-end Parent Committee Meeting on Monday, June 6, at 7:30, at the WCCC. We encourage all parents to attend as we will, among other things, discuss the following: the past year's activities; summer camp and hikes; the upcoming school year activities; the troop budget for the upcoming fiscal year; parental involvement going forward; and parental (your) opinions on some very exciting new initiatives being considered. If its nice, we may meet outside. But, please plan to come regardless of the weather. Thank you. -Tom Skilton, Troop Committee Chair

SIGN-UP NOW: Strut-Your-Mutt Bethesda (May 21st)

Posted on May 19 2016 - 6:19pm

WE NEED YOUR HELP: The Troop volunteers its services in support of this event and your participation is vital. Scouts in uniform are needed throughout the day, divided into morning and afternoon shifts. Please see the calendar event for all the details. This event qualifies for BSA service hours and MCPS SSL hours (bring your own form).

Eagle Career Day (May 21st)

Posted on May 19 2016 - 6:18pm

Eagle Career Day will take place THIS Saturday in McLean, VA. For details, please click here.

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