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.

CANCELLED: Downhill Skiing, going to Five Forks

Posted on Feb 20 2017 - 8:51pm

Because of weather, we've cancelled the weekend Timberline downhill ski trip. Instead, we'll be heading for Five Forks. We're working on a plan now, but please signup to attend.

Public Meeting for Merit Badge?

Posted on Feb 17 2017 - 6:58am

Do you need to attend a public meeting as part of a merit badge you are currently working on (Communications or Citizenship in the Community)? With approval of your merit badge counselor, please consider the upcoming MCPS meeting on Feb. 23rd or Mar. 2nd at Tilden Middle School. This is an information meeting to discuss reopening Woodward High School and is certainly expected to be lively. For details, see the attached flyer.

Eagle COH: Ian Shonat (Apr. 30th)

Posted on Feb 17 2017 - 6:57am

An Eagle Court of Honor will be held for Ian Shonat on Sunday, April 30th in the Activity Building at Meadowbrook Local Park. Details to follow.

Byron Lord's Funeral Service (Feb. 11th)

Posted on Feb 10 2017 - 7:13am

For those that wish to celebrate the life of Mr. Byron Lord, his memorial service will be this Saturday beginning at 10:30am at the Fourth Presbyterian Church (5500 River Road, Bethesda MD 20816) with a reception following. Details are in the calendar event. The family requests that all Scouts and Adult Leaders wear their uniform. As the long-time District Eagle Chairman for the Potomac District, Mr. Lord's impact on Troop 8 has been extensive and deep and he will be dearly missed.

Eagle COH: Donny and Robert Isaac (Feb. 12th)

Posted on Feb 10 2017 - 7:12am

We congratulate Donny and Robert Isaac, Troop 8's newest Eagle Scouts. A Court of Honor to celebrate their achievement has been scheduled for Sunday, February 12th. Details and a RSVP invitation may be found in the calendar event. Sandwiches and pizza will be served.

Order of the Arrow Elections (Feb 13th)

Posted on Feb 9 2017 - 7:59am

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the honor society for the BSA. At next Monday's Troop meeting, all Scouts will elect the next group of eligible Scouts for induction into the OA and we ask that everyone show up to vote and support our well-deserving nominees.

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