Extreme Makeovers, Round 6: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the sixth in a series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection 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 are asked to include with their post-project report.

This week’s batch of 21 projects includes a massive community garden, two baseball-related projects, a ticket counter at a community theater and many more incredible acts of service.

What’s great is that 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: Click or tap and drag the slider below each image to see these “extreme makeovers.”

Antonio from New Jersey

Who: Antonio, Troop 59, Allendale, N.J.

What: Antonio rebuilt a bridge in his town’s local nature reserve.

Joshua from California

Who: Joshua, Troop 604, Mission Viejo, Calif.

What: Joshua repainted the map of the USA on the playground of Glen Yermo Elementary School.

Corey from Illinois

Who: Corey, Troop 121, Champaign, Ill.

What: Corey cleaned, stripped, primed and painted cinderblock walls of Champaign Central High School’s baseball dugouts. He added donated signage and painted “Home of the Maroons” mural on the home dugout.

Joe from Michigan

Who: Joe, Troop 210, Sterling Heights, Mich.

What: Joe renovated the nature trails at Macomb Community College’s South campus. The project included clearing the trails and spreading 60 yards of wood chips, rebuilding a kiosk and building several bog bridges through the marshy areas.

Harrison from Alabama

Who: Harrison, Troop 100, Northport, Ala.

What: Harrison created three model campsites at Sokol Park.

Adam from Virginia

Who: Adam, Troop 504, Virginia Beach, Va.

What: Adam removed a small deck and replaced it with a larger 10-by-15-foot deck with a 25-foot handicap ramp.

Richard from California

Who: Richard, Troop 457, Cupertino, Calif.

What: Richard replaced the wooden barriers holding the elevated grass area with a more permanent retaining wall at a local church.

Zane from Colorado

Who: Zane, Troop 307, Alamosa, Colo.

What: Zane remodeled his high school’s baseball field by building a new concession stand and removed the old dugouts, replacing them with new cinder block ones.

Kevin from Illinois

Who: Kevin, Troop 92, Lake Zurich, Ill.

What: Kevin fixed erosion problems at a local park. This was accomplished by regrading the land and building a dry riverbed and boat pad using 40 tons of stone.

Bryce from California

Who: Bryce, Crew 641, Lake Elsinore, Calif.

What: Bryce replaced the viewing bench at a small community airport with a new aluminum bench and a shade sail, as well as a decorative border placed around the bench. The airport is a popular place to watch skydivers.

Jarred from Texas

Who: Jarred, Troop 121, Carrollton, Texas

What: Jarred transformed an abandoned playground lot behind his church into a beautiful reflection garden for the church community.

Jackson from Indiana

Who: Jackson, Troop 358, Zionsville, Ind.

What: Jackson completely rehabilitated the area beneath his local American Legion’s flagpole, transforming it into the Memorial Plaza at the Legion. He added a raised platform made of bricks engraved with the names of Legion members who served in the armed forces.

Nathan from Georgia

Who: Nathan, Troop 4900, Woodstock, Ga.

What: Nathan designed and built a new ticket counter and concession stand for the Elm Street Community Theater.

Nick from Virginia

Who: Nick, Troop 1891, Richmond, Va.

What: Nick built a lean-to storage shelter for Shalom Farms, which supplies fresh produce for the Richmond Food Bank.

Tanner from Georgia

Who: Tanner, Troop 370, Atlanta, Ga.

What: The Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs, Ga., wanted a community garden, but the petroleum companies wouldn’t allow constant plowing on top of the pipelines (located under the flags in the before picture). So Tanner built a raised bed garden, and the users each donate 10 percent of their crop to the local community assistance center.

James from New Jersey

Who: James, Troop 143, Woodbridge, N.J.

What: James built a pavilion, relocated a bocce ball court, painted a storage trailer, and planted shrubs around the pavilion and alongside the building at the Evergreen Center for Senior Citizens in Colonia, NJ.

Brian from Pennsylvania

Who: Brian, Troop 406, Royersford, Pa.

What: Brian removed and replaced a crumbling 40-foot retaining wall for his chartered organization, Grace Lutheran Church.

Luke from Illinois

Who: Luke, Troop 727, Wenona, Ill.

What: Luke fixed the erosion problems and added more curb appeal with a 20-by-11-foot patio for the American Legion Hall, which is the center of many community events in Toluca, Ill., and where he started Scouts.

Benjamin from Ohio

Who: Benjamin, Troop 1, Akron, Ohio

What: Benjamin repaired and reopened the Tikun Village nature path and built a fire pit and gathering area where bonfires can be held. The trail connects the Center Towers (an elderly and disabled living facility) to the Jewish Community Center and has a set of exercise stations, and now this bonfire area, as well.

Ben from Maryland

Who: Ben, Troop 1325, Germantown, Md.

What: Ben raised a puppy for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The photos range from a 6-week-old puppy to a 2-year-old dog. The dog, Kendall, recently graduated from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Kendall now lives in California with a visually impaired woman named Erin, helping her navigate everyday life!

Johnathan from Georgia

Who: Johnathan, Troop 1916, Dallas, Ga.

What: Johnathan completed the restoration of an outdoor classroom at Russom Elementary School.

Like these? See more here and look for another batch next Monday.

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