Extreme Makeovers, Round 13: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the 13th 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 24 projects includes restored pingpong tables, a refurbished miniature golf course, a new entrance sign at a cemetery and many 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.

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Robert from New Mexico

Who: Robert, Troop/Crew 179, Farmington, N.M.

What: Robert and his team remodeled the fire pit area at Lion’s Youth Center.

Bailey from New York

Who: Bailey, Troop 43, Horseheads, N.Y.

What: Bailey and his team replaced a unsafe bridge in disrepair connecting the high school and softball fields with a strong steel-based bridge.

Jonathon from Michigan

Who: Jonathon, Troop 304, Saginaw, Mich.

What: Jonathon and his team built a place where the community can gather to reflect on the memory of former Boy Scout and Carrollton Elementary School principal Marc Jaremba.

Jaden from Minnesota

Who: Jaden, Troop 91, Saint Paul, Minn.

What: Jaden and his team created a pollinator habitat at a nearby church by digging up all the weeds and planting native perennial plants that will attract bees and butterflies.

Bobbie from Missouri

Who: Bobbie, Troop 1428, Kansas City, Mo.

What: Bobbie and his team built a barefoot trail for special-needs children.

Foster from North Carolina

Who: Foster, Troop 51, Elon, N.C.

What: Foster and his team improved the outdoor program area for May Memorial Library in Burlington by building two benches, four adirondack chairs and two planters for a youth garden program.

Kyle from California

Who: Kyle, Troop 1134, Orang County, Calif.

What: Kyle and his team tore down the old rotten and rat-infested tack box and built a new, nine-room building. The planning and construction took him a year and a half, and he raised $17,600 to fund the project.

Matthew from New Jersey

Who: Matthew, Troop 1345, Dumont, N.J.

What: Matthew and his team removed overgrown shrubs and replanted smaller shrubs. The ground was excavated to make a paver patio, a garden and four composite wood benches. This patio was to be built in front of a mosaic on the grounds of the church.

Andrew from Minnesota

Who: Andrew, Troop 477, Plymouth, Minn.

What: Andrew and his team built two new table tennis tables for his middle school to replace the dilapidated ones used by hundreds of kids before and during the school day. He worked closely with the principal to design and build two custom, sectional cabinet bases to store gear and table tops out of strong wood that can withstand years of play by teens.

Ryan from Kentucky

Who: Ryan, Troop 110, Lexington, Ky.

What: Ryan and his team built a bridge over a moat or drainage ravine behind his chartered organization, South Elkhorn Christian Church, so the church membership would have easier access to the back “yard” area.

Tim from Pennsylvania

Who: Tim, Troop 57, Scranton, Pa.

What: Tim and his team refurnished the mini golf course at the Pocono Mountain Bible Conference, Clifton Township, Pa. He, his fellow Scouts, friends and family stripped the edging, sanded and repainted the borders of the mini golf course. They repaired greens, removed old obstacles and replaced them, refurbishing and building new obstacles. Mulch was laid. Electricity was brought to the golf course. Obstacles were rewired, and power was laid underground. Motors were rebuilt. Benches and score card posts were repainted. Score cards were created and placed in a newly built card/pencil holder. A ‘plinko’ type ball drop was built to determine the order of play. The 12 points of the Scout Law were placed in the center of the mini golf course with registration information added to the obstacle.

Brian from New York

Who: Brian, Troop 689, Seaford, N.Y.

What: Brian and his team built a new enclosure for an iguana whose original enclosure at a nature preserve was damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

Trip from Washington

Who: Trip, Troop 413, Ellensburg, Wash.

What: Trip and his team transformed an archery range at Mazama Bible Camp, which was straw bales that would rot and collapse each year, into an archery range backstop that is covered and has a removable enclosure for the front.

Mark from Missouri

Who: Mark, Troop 210, Springfield, Mo.

What: Mark and his team built a sand track box to identify and compare animal tracks.

Marcus from California

Who: Marcus, Troop 676, San Diego, Calif.

What: Marcus and his team built shelves in a trailer for the local community emergency response team trailer to better store and organize the gear they would use when they are deployed on an emergency.

Jacob from Colorado

Who: Jacob, Troop 16, Parker, Colo.

What: Jacob and his team repainted a parking lot, removed dead and overhanging landscaping, and developed and installed new parking area signs for his high school’s grand opening. Jacob and the volunteers were actually working at the time the satellite photo was taken. Everyone must have been taking a lunch break in the shade from installing signs, but both of the family cars are in the photo, as well as the pile of trimmed and dead vegetation by the roll-off dumpster.

Eric from Maryland

Who: Eric, Troop 144, Bryans Road, Md.

What: Eric and his team converted an old/unused shelter into a picnic shelter for visitors to use at Thomas Stone National Historic Site.

Tyler from Texas

Who: Tyler, Troop 202, Cedar Park, Texas

What: Tyler and his team built a 16-foot bridge with the Scout Law engraved on it at the Travis Audubon Society Baker Sanctuary.

Jacob from Louisiana

Who: Jacob, Troop 1, Monroe, La.

What: Jacob and his team installed a drainage system and landscaped the area between two buildings to provide a social area for the Old Bethel Christian Academy High School students.

Jesse from Texas

Who: Jesse, Troop 101, Mount Pleasant, Texas

What : Jesse and his team replaced an old cemetery entryway with a new arched entryway and dedicated it to his grandparents buried there.

Cameron from Missouri

Who: Cameron, Troop 333, Diamond, Mo.

What: Cameron and his team built a 20-by-30-foot pavilion. This was a special project for him because the land for the city park was given to the center by his grandparents.

Ethan from Kansas

Who: Ethan, Troop 66, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

What: Ethan and his team improved the safety at the four-way intersection by constructing a flower bed that prevents people from parking on that corner, which in the past has prevented drivers from seeing oncoming traffic.

Matthew from Illinois

Who: Matthew, Troop 101, Darien, Ill.

What: Matthew and his team installed a commemorative brick path in front of the old school bell in front of Prairieview Elementary School with the proceeds helping fund grants to Center Cass School District 66 teachers, which then benefit the students.

Jacob from Minnesota

Who: Jacob, Troop 9045, St Paul, Minn.

What: Jacob and his team created a labyrinth at St. Thomas More church in St. Paul.

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.