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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: Dolly Sods 50-Miler Backpacking

Posted on Jul 20 2015 - 5:21pm

Photos from the July 2015 backpacking adventure to Dolly Sods have been posted.

SIGNUP NOW: Kensington Labor Day Parade

Posted on Jul 20 2015 - 9:54am

This year, Troop 8 will be helping again with crowd/traffic control, rather than marching in the parade. Please visit the calendar event for more details and to sign up. We need a rather large contingent of Scouts to cover all of our assignments, so please join us.

Eagle Project Help (Jun 28th)

Posted on Jun 22 2015 - 7:54am

Scouts interested in learning more about an Eagle Project are encouraged to help S. Paredes 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.

Summer Camp Photos

Posted on Jun 21 2015 - 7:15pm

Photos from summer camp will be posted here as they arrive. Be on the lookout.

Astronomy Festival: Merit Badge Opportunity (Jun 19th)

Posted on Jun 14 2015 - 9:07am

The Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall will take place Friday, June 19th, from 6-11pm. A nice opportunity for those interested in, or working on, their astronomy merit badge.

Troop 8 T-Shirts are here! Supply is limited AND (easy) Job

Posted on Jun 8 2015 - 1:20pm

Do you have your official Troop 8 T-shirt? Our fabulous wicking red shirts are available as are our tried and true older model gray cotton/poly blend.

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