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.

Closing the Books - Send your Receipts and Payments (Due Jul. 9th)

Posted on Jun 30 2017 - 7:06am

In preparation for closing the Troop's accounting books and records for this year, and finalizing a budget for the 2017-2018 year, please send the Treasurer (Ms. Amanda Anderson) a PDF copy of any outstanding receipts and requests for reimbursement (troop gear, patrol food supplies for outings, miles driven to transport scouts to outings, training, etc.) by July 9th. Older receipts (for example patrol outing food and supplies for an October 2016 outing) may still be submitted and are not too late! If your Scout has an outstanding fee still due, or a credit, it will be sent to you within the next week by email with an account statement. Please pay your Scout's outstanding bill ASAP. If after reviewing the statement you feel that there is an error please contact Ms. Anderson to discuss so it can be resolved. If your Scout has a zero balance you will not receive an email statement (unless you want one for the entire year, then contact Ms. Anderson by email).

POSTED: Recent Photos

Posted on Jun 21 2017 - 7:11pm

Photos from Philmont Shakedown #2 and Henson Summer Camp have been posted. More to come.

Class B T-Shirt/Uniform Swap (Jun. 12th)

Posted on Jun 8 2017 - 9:54am

At the Court of Honor on Monday, Ms. Judy Beach-Uhlman will have available for purchase the Troop 8 Class B T-Shirts. In addition, she will be holding a uniform and gear swap (outgrown uniforms, equipment and gear). If you need shirts/pants, please check out the collection before heading to the Scout store. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Beach-Uhlman (contact info in Roster).

Summer Court of Honor (Mon., Jun 12th)

Posted on Jun 6 2017 - 2:59pm

The summer Court of Honor (COH), where we recognize the achievements of our Scouts before the summer break, will take place on Monday, June 12th 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: Drew Skilton (Jun. 4th)

Posted on May 31 2017 - 9:08am

Our SPL Drew Skilton will be executing his Eagle Project this Sunday and would welcome assistance. See the calendar event for all the details. Because this project involves trail work, it counts as conservation for advancement.

POSTED: Philmont 2017 Shakedown #1 Photos

Posted on May 21 2017 - 12:01pm

Photos from the first shakedown for the Philmont 2017 crew have been posted.

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