Note: This is the 22nd 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 14 projects includes a remodeled youth activity room in a church basement, two large raccoon cages at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and several memorials to honor the men and women of our armed forces.
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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Sean from New Jersey
Who: Sean, Troop 154, Somerset N.J.
What: Sean and his helpers installed a new gate, put in a new flower bed, cleaned up and applied mulch to a section of MacAfee Elementary school’s garden in Somerset, N.J.
Stuart from New York
Who: Stuart, Troop 4045, Warwick N.Y.
What: Stuart and his helpers replaced the handicap ramp at the Goshen United Methodist Church, bringing it up to ADA code and landscaping the surroundings to be less overgrown.
Jarod from Virginia
Who: Jarod, Troop 303, Virginia Beach, Va.
What: Jarod and his helpers built two large raccoon cages for Wildlife Response Inc., a nonprofit devoted to the care of orphaned, injured and displaced native wildlife.
Aaron from Texas
Who: Aaron, Troop 365, Round Rock, Texas
What: Aaron and his helpers planned and oversaw the building and installation of more than 100 feet of shelving for an offsite storage trailer that holds off season merchandise for the Round Rock Area Serving Center’s thrift store.
Garrett from Ohio
Who: Garrett, Troop 361, Tallmadge, Ohio
What: Garrett and his helpers built a picnic pavilion to be used by the members of his church. He included picnic tables, ceiling fans, electrical outlets and lights — all donated by local companies.
Camron from Nebraska
Who: Camron, Troop 136, Kearney, Neb.
What: Camron and his helpers designed and proposed to the village to build a new park sign that states the parks name and to make as a memorial to United States Armed Forces Veterans. The project was completed and then dedicated on Nov. 6, 2016, before Veterans Day.
Matt from New York
Who: Matt, Troop 156, Amherst, N.Y.
What: Matt and his helpers built a staircase out of landscape ties at Ellicott Island Dog Bark Park.
Daniel from New Jersey
Who: Daniel, Troop 47, Westwood, N.J.
What: Daniel and his helpers built a “Garden of Service” to honor all active-duty servicemen and servicewomen who dedicate their lives to serve and protect our country. Each tree represents a branch of the military. The garden was placed in the center of town at Veterans Park.
Matthew from Illinois
Who: Matthew, Troop 4315, Macomb, Ill.
What: Matthew and his helpers finished the youth activity room in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Logan from Maryland
Who: Logan, Troop 870, Pasadena, Md.
What: Living on a tributary off the Chesapeake Bay his entire life, Logan wanted his project to focus on preserving the land. Logan and his helpers added fences around two trees that were planted 65 years ago during the establishment of Maryland’s Sandy Point State Park, located at the western end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The fencing now protects these historic trees from foot traffic, and the surrounding pollinating plants boost the bumblebee and bird population in the park.
Micah from Pennsylvania
Who: Micah, Troop 662, Valley View, Pa.
What: Micah and his helpers installed an inclusive playground at his local elementary school for its life skills class.
Jeremiah from New Jersey
Who: Jeremiah, Troop 1, North Caldwell, N.J.
What: Jeremiah and his helpers completed, refurbished and expanded the long-neglected veterans memorial in North Caldwell.
Matthew from Pennsylvania
Who: Matthew, Troop 21, Dickson City, Pa.
What: Matthew and his helpers built a veterans memorial at the Visitation of Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery in Dickson City.
Joshua from Florida
Who: Joshua, Troop 323, Melbourne, Fla.
What: Joshua and his helpers build a deck on the back of his church’s youth house.