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 program. We've been around since 1919 and 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 our history, our Girls Troop 8, and the Westlake Foundation, please visit our public website. This operational website is for our BT8 members and access is largely restricted.

Cooking Merit Badge

Posted on Nov 26 2020 - 8:50pm

Scouts interested in the Cooking Merit Badge should contact the SPL and the Scoutmaster (cc Mr. Shonat) Cooking Merit Badge - an Eagle-required badge - requires preparation of Trail and backpacking meals. We are offering the opportunity in the next few weeks to accomplish this requirement while we prepare for the backpacking outing on the AT. We will start next week.

HELP NEEDED: WCCC Mulch Service Project (Nov. 21 and 22)

Posted on Nov 17 2020 - 8:16pm

As part of the Troop's service to the WCCC, we are planning to mulch the planting beds around the building on Sat. Nov. 21 and Sun., Nov. 22nd. We need more volunteers so please sign up!

Virtual Troop Meeting - Patrol Leader Elections / Positions of Responsiblity Assignments

Posted on Nov 17 2020 - 8:38am

On Monday, November 23rd, we will be hosting Patrol Leader and SPL elections.

This will be hosted virtually at 7:30 PM; see the calendar event for a link.

Virtual Board of Review (Wed., Nov. 18th)

Posted on Nov 9 2020 - 8:36am

A virtual Board of Review will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18th. To arrange a BoR, please send an email to the Advancement chairs (Mr Herndon and Mr Krauth) and the BoR chair (Mr Phillips). Please visit the calendar event for more details.

Celebrate Veterans Day with American Heroes Donations and Help Fundraise for Scouting as well!

Posted on Nov 9 2020 - 8:35am

Trails End, BSA's popcorn fundraising partner has an exciting new opportunity to celebrate Veterans Day with new Online Direct bundles all featuring American Heroes Donations! You can support Scouting and our American Heroes by going to https://www.trails-end.com/shop


Posted on Nov 6 2020 - 7:01pm

In a last-minute call, the Potomac Divisions of the NCAC decided that Scouting is Food is happening, and it's happening now!

So for all those that need community service credit, here is an easy chance to get it. Attached is a letter that you can just print out, sign, and pass out to your neighbors (hand on the door, stick in the handle, leave on mailbox flag, etc). Please pass out the flyers between now and Friday!

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