Extreme Makeovers, Round 20: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the 20th 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 12 projects includes a sand volleyball court, an agility course for search and rescue dogs, and 3D-printed prosthetic hands for children born without fingers. I’ve also included the first-ever Eagle before-and-after submission from a BSA troop in France. Très bon!

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.

TIP: Click or tap and drag the slider below each image to see the change.

Maverik from Nebraska

Who: Maverik, Troop 69, Lincoln, Neb.

What: Maverik and his helpers built a God’s Ten Commandments/Eight Beatitudes monument, including the concrete slab and landscaping.

Tyler from South Dakota

Who: Tyler, Troop 48, Sioux Falls, S.D.

What: Tyler and his helpers renovated this area in front of a women’s and children’s shelter. They installed a flag pole and ground light, planted new plants, installed a brick patio with stepping stones, and built two benches, giving residents a comfortable place to relax and wait for transportation.

Carter from South Dakota

Who: Carter, Troop 48, Sioux Falls, S.D.

What: Carter and his helpers planted 24 Ponderosa Pine trees in this park along the city bike trail. These trees improve aesthetics of the area and integrate with a new disc golf course in the nearby woods. After planting was complete, they installed tree watering bags and followed up by transporting water to each tree for one month.

Chris from Connecticut

Who: Chris, Troop 2, Portland, Conn.

What: Chris and his helpers designed and built a sand volleyball court for a local park in Connecticut.

Mason from Virginia

Who: Mason, Troop 236, Roanoke, Va.

What: Mason and his helpers designed and built a new information kiosk along the McAfee’s Knob fire road and trail that leads to the Appalachian Trail

Tyler from Arkansas

Who: Tyler, Troop 214, Russellville, Ark.

What: Tyler and his helpers built an arbor and bench in his high school’s outdoor wetlands classroom.

Edward from France

Who: Edward, Troop 112, Paris, France

What: Edward and his helpers moved and cleaned 15,000 books in the children’s section of the American Library in Paris. After moving the bookshelves, the carpet was ripped up and replaced with a wooden floor. A total of 280 hours were spent.

Shawn from Utah

Who: Shawn, Troop 411, Sandy, Utah

What: Shawn and his helpers refurbished the Alta High School football Snack Shack, including a mural painting of the school’s mascot logo.

Lukas from Colorado

Who: Lukas, Troop 538, Durango, Colo.

What: Lukas and his helpers designed and built an agility training course for the La Plata County Search and Rescue K9 Team.

Kevin from Illinois

Who: Kevin, Troop 13, South Elgin, Ill.

What: Kevin and his helpers built a playground at a local park.

Corban from Massachusetts

Who: Corban, Troop 55, Billerica, Mass.

What: Corban and his helpers installed a pavilion in Manning State Forest. It is for general use as well as is the base for a summer camp run by the town’s recreation department. It’s used by the camp, for other recreation department activities and often frequented by picnickers as well.

Evan from California

Who: Evan, Troop 774, Encinitas, Calif.

What: Evan and his helpers assembled 3D-printed prosthetic hands for children born without fingers. He spent the summer printing the parts out on his family’s 3D printer (following a pattern he found on the internet). He then led three “assembly events” involving his troop, church and robotics team. With the help of the volunteers, Evan was able to assemble 40 hands, which are being given away for free to children who need them.


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