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.

LAST MINUTE: Five Forks Backpacking

Posted on Jan 18 2017 - 7:52pm

For those going on the Five Forks outing this weekend, please note that we are assembling at the WCCC at 8am (not 7am) for an expected departure of 8:30am. Philmont and older Scouts will be hiking with full backpacks. Younger Scouts will hike with daypacks and will retrieve the rest of their gear at camp. The weather is expected to be seasonably warm, but please be prepared for a cold evening.

More Camping

Posted on Jan 12 2017 - 8:26pm

Did you know that with the new BSA advancement requirements is an increase in the number of camping nights required. Click here for a nice article on this issue (and don't forget to signup for more outings).

SIGNUP NOW: Backpacking Outings in January and March

Posted on Jan 10 2017 - 7:54am

Resulting from the unfortunate cancellation of our December AT hike, we have now scheduled backpacking outings in January and March and sign-up for both is now enabled. Philmont-bound Scouts are expected to signup for both.

NEEDED: Pinewood Derby Volunteers

Posted on Jan 5 2017 - 11:42am

Troop 8 is again running several Pinewood Derby races for area Cub Scout Packs in the Bethesda/Chevy Chase region, over the next two months. Specific dates and times are listed on the Troop 8 calendar. We are looking for adult and scout volunteers to assist with the races. If you have helped in the past, you know that it is very fun and rewarding - and Scouts earn service hours by participating. Please email Peter Hutt to volunteer for one or more races, at phuttjr@cov.com.

Happy New Year!

Posted on Dec 30 2016 - 7:50am

As we welcome 2017, please be reminded that our first Troop meeting will be Monday, January 9th, and our next outing is a X-C skiing Jan. 20-22.

New BSA Scout Rank Requirements in 2017

Posted on Dec 29 2016 - 5:21pm

Please be reminded that ALL Scouts, regardless of where they are in their advancement, will be under the new requirements effective January 1, 2017. If you need an insert for your Scout Handbook, please click here.

BSA Troop 8

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