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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.

CONGRATS: New Scout Leadership

Posted on Dec 3 2020 - 9:45pm

Congratulations to our newly elected SPL (Yuta Ono), ASPL (Dean Banzon) and Patrol Leaders, effective Jan. 2021.

SIGN UP: Fitness Test for Tenderfoot Requirement/Personal Fitness MB (Sun., Dec. 6th)

Posted on Dec 3 2020 - 6:03pm

The monthly fitness test is a Tenderfoot requirement and will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6th from 10 a.m. Please see the calendar event for more details.

SIGN UP NOW: Backpacking Outing (Dec. 12-13)

Posted on Nov 30 2020 - 8:28am

Signup for the December backpacking outing on the Appalachian Trail (AT), from MD-77 to I70 Footbridge, is now open. There is a longer hike for the experienced backpackers and a shorter hike for our newer Scouts. Please see the calendar event for all the details and to register/pay by the December 7th deadline.

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.

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