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.

FINAL REMINDERS - Horse-Riding Outing (April 20-21)

Posted on Apr 18 2024 - 11:08am

The Horse Riding outing is THIS WEEKEND (April 20-21). Here are some important reminders:

WE WILL NOT BE MEETING ON FRIDAY evening to load the trailer. Instead, we will load the gear in adult leader cars on Saturday morning. Please arrive at the WCCC no later than 7:30 AM on Saturday.

Personal Fitness MB Session #3 on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 PM

Posted on Apr 18 2024 - 11:08am

The third session of the Personal Fitness Merit Badge will be an in-person meeting at the WCCC starting at 7:30 pm on April 22 (after the regular scout meeting). Scouts MUST HAVE have all of the written discussion requirements completed in their merit badge workbook to demonstrate the completion of those requirements and to fully participate in the discussion of the remaining requirements. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL SCOUTS BRING THEIR MERIT BADGE WORKBOOKS WITH ALL DISCUSSION ITEMS COMPLETED. Note that requirement 6 requires tracking your eating for 3 days and setting eating goals - hopefully the scouts have already completed that requirement, but if not, they should prior to the meeting on April 22.

SIGN UP NOW - BSA Swim Testing for Whitewater Rafting, Summer Camp, and Bechtel High Adventure (April 28 at 3:00 PM)

Posted on Apr 18 2024 - 11:07am

GT8 scouts attending the Whitewater rafting trip in May, the summer camp at Camp Olmstead, or Bechtel High Adventure this summer can come to the YMCA in Silver Spring between 3:00-4:00 pm on April 28 to get a swim test accomplished. Please come in your bathing suit and with a towel. The test involves jumping in the water feet first, swimming 100 yards, and floating on your back.

SIGN UP NOW - Service Project on April 13 at 9:00-11:00 am

Posted on Apr 10 2024 - 7:51am

Join GT8 on April 13, 9-11am for a park clean up at Newport Mill Local Park (location is here: https://montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/newport-mill-local-park/). Scouts can earn SSL hours with this activity. Any scout under 14 will need to be accompanied by a parent. Sign up will take place on-site, but please RSVP on the GT8 website under the calendar entry as soon as possible.

Merit Badge Selections for Summer Camp Due by APRIL 14

Posted on Apr 10 2024 - 7:50am

Please give Valeria Tortorelli (the summer camp coordinator) your scout's preferences NO LATER THAN April 14, 2024

Ms. Tortorelli will be registering ALL scouts' merit badge preferences on 4/17/24.

Reminder - April 8 GT8 Meeting LOCATION CHANGE

Posted on Apr 5 2024 - 5:33am

As a reminder, the GT8 meeting on April 8 is going to be located at the Silver Creek Middle School gymnasium. We also have the PLC meeting directly afterwards.

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