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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 for the 3:00 pm Fitness Test on March 2 (for either the Personal Fitness MB or Tenderfoot Rank Requirement)

Posted on Mar 1 2024 - 8:12am

As a reminder, we will hold a fitness test on Saturday, March 2 that is good for both the Tenderfoot Rank requirement and the Personal Fitness Merit Badge. We are no longer doing a test in the morning, but will do the 3:00 pm test rain or shine. PLEASE SIGN UP TO INDICATE YOU ARE ATTENDING. The fitness test should take between 30-45 minutes and will take place at the Silver Creek Middle School, 3701 Saul Rd, in Kensington. We will meet behind the building by the fields.

SIGN UP NOW for the March Outing - Camping and Hiking at Five Forks

Posted on Feb 28 2024 - 7:38am

GT8 is camping at Five Forks March 16-17. PLEASE INDICATE WHETHER YOU ARE ATTENDING ASAP. All scouts attending the Bechtel Scout Reservation outing this summer are expected to attend if at all possible. We will be doing a hike that scouts can use to satisfy the Second Class orienteering requirement (using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike approved by your adult leader). We also will be working on learning to build survival shelters and potentially work on other rank requirements and camping skills that scouts are interested in doing.

SIGN UP NOW: Summer Camp - Camp Olmsted at Goshen Scout Reservation (June 23-29)

Posted on Feb 27 2024 - 8:30pm

Please sign up now for GT8's summer camp, which will be at Camp Olmsted this year (part of the Goshen Scout Reservation, 340 Millard Burke Memorial Highway, Goshen, VA 22439). Camp Olmsted is located 3 hours south of DC within the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA. Attending is a great way for scouts to earn merit badges and complete rank advancements. Full details are in the calendar entry, but the key information is noted below, including important dates for registration.

Personal Fitness Merit Badge Session (Feb. 26)

Posted on Feb 23 2024 - 5:54am

Scouts interested in working toward the Eagle-required Personal Fitness merit badge are invited to attend an in-person meeting at the WCCC on Feb. 26 starting at 7:30 pm (after the regular scout meeting). ASM Tucker will begin working with the scouts to cover some of the initial Personal Fitness MB classroom requirements and establish a plan for the 12-week fitness plan each applicant must propose and complete. All interested scouts are invited to attend.

SIGN UP NOW - Local Campout at Marsden Tract (February 24-25)

Posted on Feb 15 2024 - 8:34am

Please sign up ASAP if your scout is available next weekend for the camping trip to Marsden Tract campground along the C&O Canal within Billy Boat Trail Loop B in Potomac. We will be hiking Billy Goat Trail Loop A on Saturday morning and also conducting a service project arranged by David Isaac.

REMINDER - Court of Honor on Monday, February 12 at Silver Creek Middle School

Posted on Feb 12 2024 - 2:31pm

We are doing our Court of Honor for the GT8 meeting this week. We will meet at the Silver Creek Middle School (3701 Saul Rd, Kensington, MD 20895) as we have done recently. The entrance is in the front by the main entrance.

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