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.

Kensington Labor Day Parade (Mon., Sept 5th)

Posted on Aug 22 2016 - 9:05am

Troop 8 has committed to help with the Kensington Labor Day Parade. We are not marching, but rather helping with traffic and crowd control. Please visit the calendar event for more details and to sign up!

2016-2017 Program Year Dues

Posted on Aug 22 2016 - 9:05am

Troop dues for the 2016-2017 Program Year have set and may be paid using the Online Payments menu option. To encourage early registration, dues increase on October 1st. Please visit the Joining Troop 8 section for more details.

POSTED: SeaBase Bahamas High Adventure Sailing Photos

Posted on Aug 17 2016 - 8:14am

Photos from the 2016 high-adventure sailing trip to the Bahamas have been posted. A spectacular adventure.

2017 National Scout Jamboree (Jul. 19-28, 2017)

Posted on Jul 23 2016 - 7:11pm

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree is coming next year to West Virginia. Please see the calendar event for more information. Scouts interested should speak with Mr. Scheumann. Camperships are available from NCAC to offset some of the cost.

Receipts for Reimbursement

Posted on Jul 13 2016 - 9:53am

Please submit any outstanding receipts and requests for reimbursement (including the event for which the cost was incurred such as "patrol supplies 5forks camping") to the Troop 8 Treasurer Amanda Anderson at ALABSA8@comcast.net. We would like to close the books for this scouting year by August 1st, in preparation for the upcoming one. Thank you.

POSTED: Trout Run Valley Backpacking Photos

Posted on Jul 13 2016 - 9:53am

Photos from the 2016 Trout Run Valley circumnavigation backpacking trip have been posted.

BSA Troop 8

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