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.

Order of the Arrow Elections at the Troop Meeting on December 11th

Posted on Nov 29 2023 - 10:04pm

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the scouting national honor society and recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provided encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others.

REGISTER NOW - Camping at Five Forks (December 16-17)

Posted on Nov 29 2023 - 10:04pm

For the December outing, GT8 will be camping at Five Forks. The Scouts will be working on advancement requirements and camping skills. We will be meeting at the WCCC at 8:00 am on Sunday, December 16 to carpool to Five Forks and returning to the WCCC before noon on Sunday, December 17.

Eagle Court of Honor for Meera Hamza: Dec 9 2023 - 1:30pm

Posted on Nov 29 2023 - 10:03pm

A Court of Honor celebrating the achievements of Meera Hamza, Joseph Krauth, Geoff Manson, and Timothy Swartz will be held on Saturday, Dec 9, 2023 from 1:30-5pm at the Silver Creek Middle School. These are the newest Eagle Scouts from Boys Troop 8; Meera is the first Eagle Scout from Girls Troop 8.

REGISTER NOW: High Adventure 2024 -- Summit Bechtel Reserve

Posted on Nov 29 2023 - 10:02pm

GT8 is going to Bechtel Reserve High Adventure Base in the wilds of West Virginia this summer (July 21-27, 2024). Bechtel is about 320 miles away. This is a seven-day/six-night program. It consists of half-day introductory level experiences at each of the nine Summit high adventure venues (https://www.summitbsa.org/programs/national-high-adventure-base/summit-e...). If interested, send an email to ASM Hamza (ihamza@gmail.com) or SM O'Donnell (b.odonnell@hotmail.com) ASAP.

REMINDER - Patrol Leaders Council Meeting November 27 at 7:30 pm

Posted on Nov 23 2023 - 11:30pm

At the end of the troop meeting this week, we will hold the November Patrol Leaders Council meeting for the SPL, ASPL, and Patrol leaders to plan the next month of meetings and outings.

Merit Badge Counselors Needed

Posted on Nov 13 2023 - 8:57am

GT8 is in need of merit badge counselors for Eagle-required merit badges, so that we can offer these from within the troop rather than requiring scouts to look for external resources.

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