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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.

GT8 Bicycling Shakedown (Sat., Oct. 23rd)

Posted on Oct 20 2021 - 12:18pm

GT8 will be organizing a bike shakedown/practice run on Oct. 23rd from 1PM. Scouts should sign up on the calendar event page.

Bicycling Shakedown (Sat., Oct. 3oth)

Posted on Oct 20 2021 - 12:18pm

On Saturday October 30 at 11am the Troop will host a biking shakedown trip for the upcoming November biking outing. Only new Scouts or Scouts that have not gone on an overnight biking outing with the Troop are required to attend, if they plan to attend the biking overnight. Please note this is a prerequisite for first-time Scouts attending the ride. We'll check to ensure proper riding equipment and bike readiness. Please see the calendar event page for details and sign up.

Animal Science Merit Badge

Posted on Oct 14 2021 - 8:02pm

Mr. Hamza will be offering the Animal Science Merit Badge. Scouts who are interested should sign up on the calendar event page. There will be a Zoom session on Oct. 13th and Scouts are required to fill out parts of the MB Worksheet before the first session.

Virtual Merit Badge - Salesmanship

Posted on Oct 14 2021 - 8:02pm

Earn merit badge and support fundraising for the troop. Scouts can earn the Salesmanship merit badge virtually. All requirements for the badge can be met by participating in totally contactless popcorn sales online. Interested Scouts should sign up on the calendar event page for the first session on Oct. 12th.

Fundraise for Scouting by Selling Popcorn Online (Contactless Digital Sales)

Posted on Oct 14 2021 - 8:02pm

Yes! Fundraising for scouting is easy as 1,2,3…. Please support the troop by selling popcorn online to your family and friends.
Scouts can setup their "digital storefront" in five minutes or less.

SIGN UP NOW: Camping at Five Forks (Oct. 16-17)

Posted on Oct 7 2021 - 4:40pm

Troop 8 will be heading to Five Forks Camp site for October outing. Sign up is now enabled. Please see the calendar event for all the details. The deadline for sign up is Monday, Oct. 11th.

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