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.

WCCC Fall Service Project (Oct. 28th)

Posted on Oct 20 2017 - 8:08am

The Woman's Club of Chevy Chase (WCCC) provides Troop 8 and Venture Crew 8 with a terrific meeting place. To show our appreciation, we conduct a few service projects during the year. The WCCC fall service project will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 9:00 a.m. The WCCC will have bagels and/or donuts for participants. Please see the calendar event for more details and to sign-up.

Fall Court of Honor (Oct. 23rd)

Posted on Oct 18 2017 - 10:43am

The Fall Court of Honor (COH), where we recognize all the advancement over the summer, will take place this Monday, October 23rd at the WCCC beginning at 6:30pm (setup starting 6:00pm). Twelve Scouts are advancing rank and we are awarding 118 merit badges and 78 special awards. See the calendar event for all the details, including the pot-luck food assignments by patrol. Come and help us celebrate the Scouts achievements.

SIGNUP NOW: Bicycling Outing (Oct. 21-22)

Posted on Oct 9 2017 - 8:22am

Signup for the October bicycling outing along the C&O Canal is now enabled. Please see the calendar event for all the details and to signup by the Oct

SIGNUP NOW: Bicycling Shakedowns (Oct. 7th AND Oct. 14th)

Posted on Oct 5 2017 - 8:23am

The annual Bicycling Outing is scheduled for Oct. 21-22. Anyone who has not previously bicycled with the Troop or has not earned the Bicycling Merit Badge will be required to participate in a Bicycling Shakedown. See the calendar event for all the details and to sign up. If you can't make the main shakedown on Oct. 7th, a second one on the 14th is available. We ask that you signup for the shakedown, so we can anticipate our group size and effectively handle permission slips.

POSTED: Five Forks Outing Photos

Posted on Oct 1 2017 - 10:42am

Photos from our September outing at Five Forks have been posted.

Bicycle Repair?

Posted on Sep 26 2017 - 8:00am

Griffin Cycle, where we will meet for our Bicycling Shakedown on Oct. 7th, has extended a 10% discount to the Troop for all service and accessories (excluding bike purchases). This is an excellent opportunity to get your bike in tip-top-shape for the upcoming bicycling adventures with the Troop.

BSA Troop 8

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