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.

Important Bechtel Announcements/Reminders

Posted on Jul 12 2024 - 5:22am


- We will meet on Friday July 19 at 6PM at the WCCC for a pack inspection. You will bring one large duffle bag containing the items in the personal equipment list (attached) plus a bike helmet.

Completing Merit Badges from Summer Camp

Posted on Jul 12 2024 - 5:22am

GT8 had a productive and fun trip to Camp Olmsted at the Goshen Scout Reservation the last week of June. Some of the scouts were unable to complete all of the requirements for some of the merit badges they were working on.

No Troop Meetings over the Summer Break

Posted on Jul 12 2024 - 5:22am

Congratulations on completing the 2023-2024 school year! We will not hold regular GT8 Troop meetings until after the Summer break. We will let you know when the first meeting is scheduled in August.

REMINDER - SIGN UP NOW: Citizenship in the Community MB - Town Hall Meeting/Meeting with Mayor - July 10 at 5:00 pm

Posted on Jul 2 2024 - 8:54am

For those scouts working on the Citizenship in the Community Merit badge who were unable to attend the Kensington Town Hall meeting or the follow-up meeting with the Mayor in June, we have set up another opportunity to do both. Mayor Tracy will be available to meet with scouts to complete requirement 4 at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 10. Scouts should come prepared to talk about an issue that is important to citizens of their community to ask the mayor is being done about that issue and what young people can do to help.

REMINDER: Amy Gustafson’s Eagle Project (June 15 at 10:30 am)

Posted on Jun 13 2024 - 12:43pm

I will be conducting my Eagle Project on Saturday June 15, 2024, at the Chevy Chase Library Meeting Room 8005 Connecticut Ave, (right across the street from the Women’s Club) from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. My project is for I Support The Girls a charity that helps unhoused women by providing bras and feminine hygiene products. I would like you to help.

REMINDER: Citizenship in the Community MB - Town Hall Meeting June 12 at 7:30 pm

Posted on Jun 7 2024 - 9:08pm

All scouts working on the Citizenship in the Community Merit badge should meet at the Kensington Town Hall on Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 PM to watch a portion of the Town Hall meeting and then discuss the meeting. This will be used to complete requirement 3.

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