Note: This is the 16th in an occasional 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 20 projects includes a sports field concession stand, a blind for viewing wildlife, a shoe drive for an orphanage and 17 more incredible acts of service.
What’s great is that you can multiply each individual act of stupendous service by more than 50,000. That’s how many Eagle Scout projects get completed every single year.
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Caspin from Washington
Who: Caspin, Troop 100, Hoquiam, Wash.
What: Caspin and his helpers constructed a concession stand for the Hoquiam High School Booster Club at the high school track and field. They did not have a permanent stand prior to this. The project included the design, permits, framing, insulation, metal siding and roofing, interior finishing, plumbing, electrical and concrete. It totaled more than $11,000 in materials, 1,100 hours and took more than a year to build. The artwork is an original done by him.
Kyle from Tennessee
Who: Kyle, Troop 91, Morristown, Tenn.
What: Kyle and his helpers built and installed 10 benches in the group campground area at Panther Creek State Park.
Stephen from Illinois
Who: Stephen, Troop 41, Rockford, Ill.
What: Stephen and his helpers built a picnic pavilion in a subdivision in Roscoe, Ill., from the ground up.
Michael from Washington
Who: Michael, Troop 284, Seattle.
What: Michael and his helpers removed a wooden staircase and replaced it with a set of 15 granite steps at Camp Long, located in West Seattle. He and his crew moved more than 10.5 tons of rock.
Joseph from Texas
Who: Joseph, Troop 90, San Antonio.
What: Joseph and his helpers built five benches, three picnic tables, repaired one other picnic table, and cleaned/defined an area where the workers could go and rest, eat or pray at Catholic Charities near downtown San Antonio.
Michael from New Jersey
Who: Michael, Troop 3, Caldwell, N.J.
What: Michael and his helpers created an outdoor paver prayer labyrinth for St. Peters Episcopal Church in Livingston, N.J.
Zach from Florida
Who: Zach, Troop 812, Fleming Island, Fla.
What: Zach and his helpers removed an old bridge on a hiking trail for a local church, cleared the trail and built a new bridge so that this area can be enjoyed again.
Gabriel from Pennsylvania
Who: Gabriel, Troop 101, Stroudsburg, Pa.
What: Gabriel and his helpers constructed a wildlife blind to enhance the quality of viewing wildlife without disturbing nature.
Jason from Pennsylvania
Who: Jason, Troop 31, Emmaus, Pa.
What: Jason and his helpers constructed a 200-foot colonial fence for a historic house in his hometown. It’s designed to keep visitors to the 1803 house from going onto the train tracks.
Evan from Pennsylvania
Who: Evan, Troop 154, Lititz, Pa.
What: Evan and helpers had a book drive and collected more than 1,000 used and new books. They then sorted them and made a “take a book ” shelf at a church clothing bank. They donated other books to local clinic and homeless shelter.
Adam from Rhode Island
Who: Adam, Troop 82, Portsmouth, R.I.
What: Adam and his helpers planned and led the construction of an eight-person Lego activity center for the Boys and Girls Club of Newport, R.I. He supplied them with the table, eight stools, a storage cabinet, hundreds of pounds of Legos and $500 for future Lego purchases.
Brian from Texas
Who: Brian, Troop 146, Austin, Texas
What: Over four years, Brian and his helpers built an 1,152 square-foot, four-stall horse barn to provide equestrian therapy for traumatized and disabled children.
David from Pennsylvania
Who: David, Troop 215, Bethel Park, Pa.
What: David and his helpers developed an outdoor worship area for his church on the hillside under the cross, complete with benches, a pulpit, a pathway and landscaping (along with refurbishing the cross, which is not seen in the photos).
Sam from Missouri
Who: Sam, Troop 443, Missouri
What: Sam and his helpers installed and landscaped around a flagpole at a local elementary school that previously had a flagpole unable to be flown at half staff.
Cameron from Illinois
Who: Cameron, Troop 13, St. Charles, Ill.
What: Cameron and his helpers landscaped, built and installed three picnic tables for Haines Middle School.
Uyless from Texas
Who: Uyless, Troop 60, Goliad, Texas
What: Uyless and his helpers collected 556 pairs of new athletic shoes for an orphanage. That’s more shoes than students in his entire high school.
Nicholas from Illinois
Who: Nicholas, Troop 18, Winnetka, Ill.
What: Nick and his helpers removed invasive plants from the bluff of Centennial Park and replaced them with local native shrubs and grasses.
Matthew from New York
Who: Matthew, Troop 6072, Ticonderoga, N.Y.
What: Matthew and his helpers constructed a picnic pavilion at the town beach on Lake George.
James from Oklahoma
Who: James, Troop 122, Midwest City, Okla.
What: James and his helpers built a large animal corral for the Midwest City Animal Welfare Center.
Harrison from Florida
Who: Harrison, Troop 936, Orlando, Fla.
What: At an inner-city school, Harrison and his helpers revitalized a butterfly garden, fruit and vegetable planters, and rebuilt a grapevine trellis.