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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.

POSTED: Appalachian Trail Backpacking Photos

Posted on Mar 22 2017 - 9:01pm

Photos from our snowy backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail have been posted.

SIGNUP NOW: Summer Camp (Jun. 18-24)

Posted on Mar 21 2017 - 10:37am

Signup for summer camp at Henson Scout Reservation is now enabled. Please see the calendar event for more information and to signup/pay the early-bird fee by the April 15th deadline. The price increases after April 15th, so please signup now.

SIGNUP MARCH 20th: Merit Badge University

Posted on Mar 16 2017 - 9:20am

Registration for the DC Merit Badge University 2017 will open Monday, March 20th at 12 noon. This is an EXTREMELY popular program at the Catholic University of America (April 22-23) and you MUST sign up quickly (within hours) to register for some of the more popular badges. While this is not a Troop 8 event, it is an excellent way to complete a number of important Eagle-required merit badges. The registration link will be posted by Monday, March 20th on their website, so please plan ahead if you wish to participate. See the calendar event for more information and access to the registration link.

SIGNUP NOW: Troop 8/15 Merit Badge Day (Mar. 25)

Posted on Mar 16 2017 - 9:03am

Troop 8 is once again combining forces with Troop 15 to offer a merit-badge day for Scouts. See the calendar event for all the details and to signup. Because we will cancel a MB class if no one is interested, please ensure that you sign up now. There are a number of Eagle required MBs being offered and this is a great opportunity to work on advancement.

Eagle COH: Reid Flumbaum (Mar. 26)

Posted on Mar 16 2017 - 9:03am

On March 26, at 2:00 p.m., an Eagle Court of Honor will be held for Reid Flumbaum at the Bethesda United Methodist Church. Please see the calendar event for all the details and to view the electronic invitation. All are welcome.

Parent Committee Meeting (Mar. 13th)

Posted on Mar 9 2017 - 1:12pm

The Troop 8 Parent Committee will meet on Monday, March 13, at the WCCC during the regular troop meeting (7:30 - 8:30). All parents are encouraged to attend. Troop officers will give brief reports. We also will discuss the upcoming AT hike outing. We still need to fill some parent volunteer slots! We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

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