Note: This is the first in a series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. Look for a new batch every Monday morning, and see the complete collection to date here.
To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe.
That’s why I asked to see Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos — the same photos prospective Eagles must include with their post-project report.
In the collection below, you’ll see the same spot twice: Once before an Eagle Scout project began and once after.
Consider this as you scroll through: You can multiply each individual act of stupendous service by 50,000. That’s how many Eagle Scout projects get completed every single year.
TIP: Use the slider below each photo to compare before and after!
Conner from Arizona
Who: Conner, Troop 172, Tempe, Ariz.
What: Conner remodeled the day care room for his church.
Drue from Arizona
Who: Drue, Troop 687, Peoria, Ariz.
What: Drue improved the playground area of a local public preschool that serves children with special needs by painting a 64-foot-wide mural and building a shade structure over a sand pit.
Michael from Arizona
Who: Michael, Troop 8051, Yuma, Ariz.
What: Michael rebuilt a church-owned dock, including clearing the path down to it.
Connor from California
Who: Connor, Troop 316, Saugus, Calif.
What: Connor built a 140-by-3-foot stone retaining wall for his chartered organization.
Johnathan from California
Who: Johnathan, Troop 316, Saugus, Calif.
What: Johnathan built a 16-foot, two-sided redwood rock-climbing wall for his local church.
Everett from Colorado
Who: Everett, Troop 645, Centennial, Colo.
What: Everett created a security barrier using boulders near the school library at Arapahoe High School.
Michael from Florida
Who: Michael, Troop 141, West Palm Beach, Fla.
What: Michael repaired and re-created a memorial to those killed in the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane.
Noah from Florida
Who: Noah, Troop 474, Jacksonville, Fla.
What: Noah doubled the capacity of the University of North Florida’s kayak racks. UNF is built on a nature preserve, and anyone in the community can check out kayaks to enjoy the preserve and its lakes.
Jack from Georgia
Who: Jack, Troop 303, Dahlonega, Ga.
What: Jack reconstructed a handicap-accessible handrail for a children’s home. He also added a new set of steps to the far end of the area you see, making it easier and safer for residents and visitors to access the building.
Paddy from Georgia
Who: Paddy, Troop 1134, Roswell, Ga.
What: Paddy refurbished and rebuilt the small trail used for cross country at his high school so that it would be more than 8 feet wide, free of thorn bushes and overhead vines, and not subject to water erosion.
Shawn from Georgia
Who: Shawn, Troop 422, Kennesaw, Ga.
What: Shawn added a rosary/prayer garden at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church.
Kevin from Iowa
Who: Kevin, Troop 1016, Belmond, Iowa
What: Kevin built a 20-by-6-foot bird blind observatory with seating and bird feeders and surrounded it with bird-attracting plants at a local county park.