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.

SIGN UP: Backpacking outing (Dec. 11-12)

Posted on Nov 29 2021 - 9:21pm

Our next outing is Backpacking around Big Schloss, VA . Please see the calendar event for all the details and sign up by Dec. 6th. Please indicate your preference for longer/shorter hike.

Scout Gear Swap (Mon. Nov. 29th & Mon., Dec. 6th)

Posted on Nov 25 2021 - 10:52pm

The next 2 Mondays - November 29 and December 6 - we will have a Scout-gear swap available at the WCCC where families can donate used gear to others in the troop. As we get into the cold weather season and before December’s hiking trip - this would be a great chance for our older Scouts and scouting families to donate equipment that they have outgrown or no longer use to others in the troop. Things like backpacks, hiking boots, sleeping bags that meet the troop’s cold weather standards, sleeping pads, scout uniforms, hiking pants, etc.

SIGN UP: Jan. skiing/winter sports outing pre-registration

Posted on Nov 25 2021 - 11:56am

Sign up for Jan. skiing/winter sports outing is now open. Interested Scouts should sign up on the calendar event page for the Troop to estimate required accommodation size.

SIGN UP: Fitness Test for Tenderfoot Requirement (Sat., Nov. 20th)

Posted on Nov 18 2021 - 9:43pm

The monthly fitness test is a Tenderfoot requirement and will be held on Sat., Nov 20th from 9:30am. Please see the calendar event for more details.

Cycling Merit Badge (Sat., Nov. 20th)

Posted on Nov 18 2021 - 9:43pm

Troop 8 will be offering the Cycling merit badge(one of two options for Eagle Scout)on Sat., Nov. 20th from 9:00 - 12:00. Interested Scouts should sign up on the calendar event page and do the pre-work before the session.

High Adventure Canoe Shakedown (Sun., Nov. 21st)

Posted on Nov 18 2021 - 9:42pm

Troop 8 is organizing a shakedown on Nov. 21st for the Northern Tier High Adventure canoeing trip planned for summer 2022. Northern Tier participants must be age 14 or 13 AND have completed the 8th grade by the time of arrival. Eligible and interested Scouts should sign up on the calendar event page.

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