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Photo finishes: Before-and-after shots of 25 Eagle Scout projects

With apologies to the ubiquitous convenience store chain, more Eagle Scout projects went up last year alone than the total number of 7-Elevens currently open worldwide.

Yes, the number of 2012 Eagle Scout projects bested the number of worldwide 7-Elevens by a score of 57,976 to 50,250.

I bring up this incongruous comparison to remind you that there’s an Eagle Scout project on every corner. There’s probably one within walking distance from you right now. Think about the scale of this for a second: Some 50,000 new Eagle Scout projects are completed each year. That’s roughly 137 significant improvements to the community every day, improvements created by the best, brightest, and most-prepared leaders around.

The Eagle Scout Service Project is a remarkably powerful force that’s transforming our country for the better each time a city park, church, or school gets repaired and beautified.

Let’s celebrate this transformation by looking at 25 great Eagle Scout projects. And like any good makeover, the best way to appreciate the change is through before-and-after photos. Enjoy, and congrats to these young men. 

Allen - Before

Allen – Before

Allen - After. Allen repaired the entrance to the Salado College National Historic Site.

Allen – After. Allen repaired the entrance to the Salado College National Historic Site.

Andrew - Before

Andrew – Before

Andrew - After

Andrew – After

Blake - Before

Blake – Before

Blake - After. Blake erected a flagpole and created a beautification project.

Blake – After. Blake erected a flagpole and created a beautification project.

Cody - Before

Cody – Before

Cody - After

Cody – After

David - Before

David – Before

David - After. David built a gazebo at the public library.

David – After. David built a gazebo at the public library.

Enoch - Before

Enoch – Before

Enoch - After. Enoch built and installed an Amateur Radio Digital Repeater.

Enoch – After. Enoch built and installed an Amateur Radio Digital Repeater.

Erik from Ill. - Before

Erik from Ill. – Before

Erik from Ill. - After. Renovations of American Legion Post 1170 banquet hall.

Erik from Ill. – After. Renovations of American Legion Post 1170 banquet hall.

Erik from Minn. - Before

Erik from Minn. – Before

Erik from Minn. - After. Weaver Lake School Outdoor Classroom.

Erik from Minn. – After. Weaver Lake School Outdoor Classroom.

Ethan - Before

Ethan – Before

Ethan - After. Ethan built a 70-foot-long fence at the Heard Raptor Rehabilitation Center in McKinney, Texas, to keep visitors from approaching the bird enclosures. (Bryan says: Hey, that's where I did my Eagle project!)

Ethan – After. Ethan built a 70-foot-long fence at the Heard Raptor Rehabilitation Center in McKinney, Texas, to keep visitors from approaching the bird enclosures. (Bryan says: Hey, that’s where I did my Eagle project!)

George - Before

George – Before

George - After

George – After

Jacob - Before

Jacob – Before

Jacob - After

Jacob – After

Jiacheng Jason - Before

Jiacheng Jason – Before

Jiacheng Jason - After

Jiacheng Jason – After

Jonathan - Before

Jonathan – Before

Jonathan - After. Jonathan helped with a city park restoration.

Jonathan – After. Jonathan helped with a city park restoration.

Joshua - Before

Joshua – Before

Joshua - After

Joshua – After

Juan Luis - Before

Juan Luis – Before

Juan Luis - After. Juan Luis built for the campsite in the Botanical Garden of Caguas City, Puerto Rico.

Juan Luis – After. Juan Luis built for the campsite in the Botanical Garden of Caguas City, Puerto Rico.

Marc - Before

Marc – Before

Marc - After

Marc – After

Matthew from Ind. - Before

Matthew from Ind. – Before

Matthew from Ind. - After

Matthew from Ind. – After

Nathan from Tenn. - Before

Nathan from Tenn. – Before

Nathan from Tenn. - After. Nathan raised about $2,000 and spent over 300 hours clearing away vegetation, removing the old fence, installing a new fence, and repairing tombstones at a cemetery.

Nathan from Tenn. – After. Nathan raised about $2,000 and spent over 300 hours clearing away vegetation, removing the old fence, installing a new fence, and repairing tombstones at a cemetery.

Nathan from N.Y. - Before

Nathan from N.Y. – Before

Nathan from N.Y. - After

Nathan from N.Y. – After

Nik - Before

Nik – Before

Nik - After. Nik replaced a worn and dangerous outside staircase at George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm, in Stafford County Virginia.

Nik – After. Nik replaced a worn and dangerous outside staircase at George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm, in Stafford County Virginia.

Patrick – Before

Patrick - After. Patrick built 16-foot diameter, handicap-accessible gazebo for the local nursing home.

Patrick – After. Patrick built 16-foot diameter, handicap-accessible gazebo for the local nursing home.

Richard - Before

Richard – Before

Richard - After. Richard rehabbed a church outdoor worship area.

Richard – After. Richard rehabbed a church outdoor worship area.

Tom - Before

Tom – Before

Tom - After. Tom planted 15 trees throughout the Little League field complex and added safety and directional signs.

Tom – After. Tom planted 15 trees throughout the Little League field complex and added safety and directional signs.

Trevor - Before

Trevor – Before

Trevor - After. Trevor rebuilt stairs at Brophy Road Cemetery for St. John Catholic Church.

Trevor – After. Trevor rebuilt stairs at Brophy Road Cemetery for St. John Catholic Church.

Tyler - Before

Tyler – Before

Tyler - After. Tyler removed weeds, constructed a bike rack and added mulch at a women's shelter.

Tyler – After. Tyler removed weeds, constructed a bike rack and added mulch at a women’s shelter.

13 Comments on Photo finishes: Before-and-after shots of 25 Eagle Scout projects

  1. Roy Woodruff // June 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm // Reply

    Awesome! Way to go Eagle Scouts!!!

  2. This photo-evidence model would be a great project for every Council. I will challenge one of our tech / photo Scouts (as their Eagle project) to create a section in our Council website to track before and after for all of our Eagle Scout projects each year. We had a record 137 in 2012 so it would make a great collection. Great motivation, recognition and great PR in the community. Nice work and inspiration.

    • Just as and FYI, Eagle Scout projects have to benefit a community or organization other than scouting, so they would not be able to do it as an Eagle Project.

  3. Great job. Always good to see Eagle projects to show current scouts of all ages so they can start thinking ahead.

  4. Steve Stockham // June 21, 2013 at 4:02 pm // Reply

    Worthy projects all and a credit to the Eagle Scouts who completed them! Nicely done!

  5. I am so proud of all these boys! Great Job!

  6. Tina Muller // June 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm // Reply

    Showed my 6 year old Wolf, so he can have some ideas floating around for the next ten or so years…

  7. Awesome. simply awesome.

  8. Mark Dettinger // July 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm // Reply

    Well done, Eagles. Very proud to see Nik’s project made the page. Over 800 hours of volunteer work went into his project.

  9. All highly commendable efforts on the part of some highly committed scouts. Now can we find a similar way to recognize those projects that aren’t BUILT – so scouts who aren’t so construction-capable are recognized for the equally worthwhile projects they accomplish?

  10. rebecca hamilton // June 10, 2014 at 11:43 am // Reply

    How can I send you before/after photos of my son’s project?

  11. Bethann Heming // June 11, 2014 at 7:31 am // Reply

    I would love to present you with my son’s project that was adopted by the entire AZ park association…. Please let me know if you would like the information.

  12. Joe Weinagrten // June 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    NESA has awards for the best Eagle project at all levels, from local to National. Here is a link of current winners and in many cases descriptions of their projects:
    http://www.nesa.org/adams_award.html

    Here is a link to apply for the awards – check with your local council first before submitting to national.
    http://www.nesa.org/PDF/542-026.pdf
    And some guidelines:
    http://sfbaceagles.org/awards/adams/

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