Extreme Makeovers, Round 7: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the seventh 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 12 projects includes a shade structure with an unbelievable view, a simple project that turned into something huge, a stunning community garden and more.

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.”

Stephen from Michigan

Who: Stephen Jr., Troop 629, Kalkaska, Mich.

What: Stephen placed bricks at a local children’s garden. The bricks were placed to help wheelchair users reach the site of chess table to be located there in the future.

Richard from Illinois

Who: Richard, Troop 657, Cary, Ill.

What: Richard repaired two birdhouse displays for a local conservation district by rebuilding 16 birdhouses and repainting the backboard displays.

Hayden from Missouri

Who: Hayden, Troop 2, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

What: The circle drive in front of a local elementary school was lined with wooden posts to prevent drive-arounds during student pickup and drop-off, but many posts were missing or rotten and falling over. Hayden worked with certified masons to replace the wooden posts with 16 beautiful brick pillars (matching the school’s brick) with stanchion chain strung between the posts, for a total length of approximately 240 feet. Value to the school: $8,000.

Grant from Missouri

Who: Grant, Troop 235, Springfield, Mo.

What: Grant placed 35 steps down a hillside path in order to stop erosion flowing down to the entrance of River Bluff Cave (the oldest known Ice Age fossil cave in North America).

Ryan from California

Who: Ryan, Troop 127, Agoura Hills, Calif.

What: Ryan built a shade structure on Catalina Island airport road. He built the entire thing on the mainland in Los Angeles and shipped it to Catalina and built it around poles. It has an amazing view of the ocean and Los Angeles on a clear day.

Ethan from Ohio

Who: Ethan, Troop 200, Dublin, Ohio

What: Ethan rebuilt a set of benches for his church. He had some money left over, so he planted two trees.

Corbin from Illinois

Who: Corbin, Troop 92, Antioch, Ill.

What: Corbin dug out overgrown bushes that were hiding a memorial statue and then added some nice landscaping around the statue.

Nathan from Colorado

Who: Nathan’s, Troop 69, Louisville, Colo.

What: Nathan transformed a weedy side lot into a meditation garden at the 50-year-old Longmont Buddhist Temple in Longmont, Colo.

Robert from Minnesota

Who: Robert, Troop 513, Woodbury, Minn.

What: Robert laid new sod and landscaped around his school to replace a mini-golf course that has fallen into major disrepair.

Ross from Florida

Who: Ross, Troop 136, Jacksonville, Fla.

What: Robert’s project started as simply building a bird sanctuary at a local university in memory of his recently-deceased grandfather who was a professor there for 32 years. The project grew into landscaping approximately 10,000 square feet of neglected property outside of the new student social building. In the preparation stage he was surveying the area during a rainstorm and found a significant erosion problem in the project area. He met with a stormwater engineer to design a drainage ditch to solve the problem. The final project involved more than 40,000 pounds of river rock, all moved by hand, more than 8,000 square feet of pine straw and a handmade cypress frame to hold a raccoon-proof bird feeder.

Justin from Arizona

Who: Justin, Troop 923, Apache Junction, Ariz.

What: Justin and his team of 30 volunteers planted nine fruit trees and installed an automatic sprinkler system, which involved laying 780 feet of PVC pipe, at the Hope Women’s Center in Apache Junction, Ariz.

Carter from Tennessee

Who: Carter, Troop 135, Franklin, Tenn.

What: Carter built a fence and seating around a local community garden where elderly and low-income citizens have a plot of land to grow their own vegetables.

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

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