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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.

Adults: Required Training (and fun opportunities!)

Posted on Apr 25 2015 - 12:32pm

Dear Troop 8 Community, especially our new members:

All adults who work with the scouts (go on outings, merit badges, etc.) must have current Youth Protection Training (YPT). Here are the easy steps to complete YPT -- it takes about 25-30 min.:

Reminder - Camp Henson Registration and Payment due April 30

Posted on Apr 23 2015 - 10:13pm

Anyone wishing to attend summer Camp at Camp Henson must register and pay by April 30. Mrs. Sakaria needs the merit badge choices ASAP if you have not already turned them in as registration begins on Saturday.

WCCC Spring Service Project (May 2nd)

Posted on Apr 21 2015 - 8:21pm

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 Spring service project at the WCCC will be held on Saturday, May 2nd from 9am-12pm. All Scouts and families are invited to participate. Click here for more details and to register (registration helps the WCCC gauge food amounts). This event qualifies for BSA service hours. If you want SSL hours, please bring the filled out form with you.

Congrats to District Award of Merit Recipient Diane Dandois!!!

Posted on Apr 20 2015 - 9:09pm

NewsFlash: The Potomac District, National Capital Area Council, awarded Diane Dandois the District Award of Merit! The District Award of Merit is the District's highest adult recognition award, and it is given for outstanding leadership in scouting.

Third Session: Personal Fitness Merit Badge (Apr. 19th)

Posted on Apr 16 2015 - 8:26pm

The third 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.

SIGN-UP DEADLINE FRIDAY: Canoe Outing (Apr. 25-26)

Posted on Apr 15 2015 - 9:39am

Signup for the April canoe outing on Assateague Island closes on Friday, April 17th. Please see the calendar event for all the details and to register by the deadline. Because all participants must have passed the BSA swim test within the last year in order to go on the outing, we have schedule two opportunities to take this test at the Bethesda YMCA (on April 16th or April 17th). Details are on the calendar. Please note that there is a cost associated with this outing (to cover the canoes, entrance fees, backcountry permits, and food) and payment can be made using Paypal on the website. Canoeing around Assateague Island is a rare treat and should not be missed.

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