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We are based in the Chevy Chase / Bethesda / Kensington region of Maryland and provide opportunities for girls 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 started in 2019 and our sponsoring organization is The Westlake-Troop 8 BSA Memorial Foundation. William Westlake was a Boys 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 Boys Troop 8, and the Westlake Foundation, please visit our public website. This operational website is for our GT8 members and access is largely restricted.

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

Posted on Dec 7 2021 - 8:47am

Sign up for Dec. backpacking outing is now open. Interested Scouts should sign up on the calendar event page.

SIGN UP: Hiking Shakedowns (Sat., Nov. 27th ,Sun., Dec. 5th)

Posted on Dec 7 2021 - 8:47am

GT8 is organizing 2 hiking shakedowns in preparation for the Dec. outing. Attending one shakedown is required to be eligible for the outing. The first shakedown will be at the Little Bennett Regional Park on Sat., Nov. 27th and the second one will be at the Cabin John Regional Park on Sun., Dec. 5th . Please see the relevant calendar event page for details and sign up.

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

Posted on Dec 7 2021 - 8:46am

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

Posted on Nov 18 2021 - 9:46pm

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 - 9:46pm

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.

SIGN UP: Camping MB Session (Mon., Nov. 22nd)

Posted on Nov 18 2021 - 9:45pm

Troop 8 will be offering Scouts an opportunity to earn Camping Merit Badge. The session will be held on Mon., Nov. 22nd from 7pm. Please sign up on the calendar event page and do the prep work before Monday.

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