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.

Completing the Snow Sports MB

Posted on Jan 26 2022 - 11:30am

There are only a couple of small things that need to be done to complete the winter sports merit badge. Please print the attached worksheet and fill out the sections listed below. We discussed most of them at the meetings and you can use the Boy Scout merit badge book to answer the questions, or you can research independently online. In the attached workbook, please complete the following sections:

Fitness Test for Personal Fitness MB/Tenderfoot Requirement (Sat., Feb. 5th)

Posted on Jan 26 2022 - 11:30am

The fitness test for the Personal Fitness Merit Badge/Tenderfoot requirement will be held on Sat., Feb. 5th at 11am. Please see the calendar event for details.

SIGN UP: High Adventure Yellowstone Backpacking Trip (Jun. 18-28, 2022)

Posted on Jan 26 2022 - 11:30am

Troop 8 will be organizing a backpacking High Adventure trip to Yellowstone in June 2022. Please see the calendar event page for all the details, including eligibility. Scouts that are interested in attending and meet the requirements should discuss attendance with parents, and attend one of two virtual meetings for high adventure that will be scheduled towards the end of January. Once the Scout has parental approval, there will be a process of being selected for the trip by High Adventure Adult Leader, Mr. Rand based on the prioritization criteria.

SIGN UP: High Adventure Sea Base 2023

Posted on Jan 26 2022 - 11:29am

We are planning 2 Sea Base trips in July, 2023: Scuba diving(Jul. 5-11, 2023) and Sailing in St. Thomas/USVI (Jul. 17-22, 2023). Interested Scouts (14 years and above) need to sign up so that Troop 8 can gauge the level of interest for planning purposes.

Personal Fitness MB Sessions (Jan. 24th, Feb. 7th)

Posted on Jan 20 2022 - 9:52pm

Scouts interested in working toward the Eagle-required Personal Fitness merit badge are invited to attend two 7 p.m. in-person meetings at the WCCC on Jan. 24 and Feb. 7 - prior to the regular scout meeting. We'll aim to cover the PF classroom requirements and establish a plan for the 12-week fitness plan each applicant must propose and complete.

January Outing: Winter Sports Update meeting (Wed., Jan. 19th)

Posted on Jan 19 2022 - 8:51am

There will be an update on the logistics for the January Outing - Winter Sports hosted by Mr. Van Horn on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM. Scouts and parents are requested to attend.

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