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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.

BSA Swim Test (May 4th)

Posted on Apr 27 2017 - 10:05am

Prior to participating in any water activities, Scouts must complete an annual BSA swim test. With the Canoe Outing approaching, we're offering a BSA swim test at the Columbia Country Club on Thursday, May 4th at 6pm. Any Scouts and/or uniformed leaders who have not completed a BSA swim test within the previous 12 months will have an opportunity to take the test and complete it. We'll have use of the pool for an hour, and participants should plan on arriving promptly at 6pm in order to complete the test efficiently. Scouts who passed the swim test at summer camp this past June do not need to test again, as their prior test is still valid.

WCCC Spring Service Project

Posted on Apr 26 2017 - 10:43am

The Woman's Club of Chevy Chase (WCCC) provides our Troop with a place to meet and we have scheduled a service project for May 6th (9-12am) as a way to show our appreciation for their generosity. Please see the calendar event for more details and to indicate your availability (by signup).

Two More Eagle Scouts

Posted on Apr 26 2017 - 9:38am

The Troop is honored to announce its newest Eagle Scouts, Will and Matt Canavan (#105 and #106). An Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate their achievement will be held on Saturday, May 27th. This Eagle COH will also recognize Nick Hansen, who completed his Eagle in 2016. Congratulations to all.

POSTED: Trout Run Valley Backpacking Photos

Posted on Apr 24 2017 - 2:01pm

Photos from the rainy backpacking trip to Trout Run Valley have been posted.

District Life to Eagle Conference (Apr. 29th)

Posted on Apr 20 2017 - 4:37pm

There will be a Life to Eagle (L2E) Conference on April 29th in Garrett Park for all Life (and eager Star Scouts) interested in understanding the path to Eagle. The conference will go into detail and answer questions on the entire process. Typical attendees are the Life Scout and at least one parent. Highly recommended. For more information, please visit the calendar event.

NEEDED: Venture Crew Female Adult Volunteer

Posted on Apr 20 2017 - 4:35pm

The Venture Crew 8 team is seeking one or more female adult volunteers for this weekend’s outing, and future adventures! Are you interested in helping our girls enjoy and benefit from Venture Crew 8 outdoor activities? Do you like being a role model and supporting girls in growth and leadership by providing health and safety backup for our Crew Advisors? Do you like hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing and other outdoor fun? Then help out by coming along this weekend and on future outings — you’ll be helping our girls out into the forest and mountains, and enjoying a bit of nature yourself.

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