Extreme Makeovers, Round 25: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Note: This is the 25th 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 15 projects includes a bocce ball court, a dog park and the restoration of a shaping machine that dates back to the 1860s.

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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Jack from New Jersey

Who: Jack, Troop 186, Hillsborough, N.J.

What: Jack and his helpers planned and built a bocce court for Brookdale Assisted Living so the seniors would have access to a fun, outdoor physical activity.

Aaron from North Carolina

Who: Aaron, Troop 148, Charlotte, N.C.

What: Aaron and his helpers built a dog park at Shad’s Landing Retirement Home.

John from Pennsylvania

Who: John, Troop 140, St. Peter’s, Pa.

What: John and his helpers completed the restoration of a very rare 1868 vintage Tolman Shaping Machine. It’s now on permanent display in the working machine shop at the Rough and Tumble Historical Association Museum in Kinzers, Pa.

Royce from Illinois

Who: Royce, Troop 159, Arlington Heights, Ill.

What: Rocye and his helpers built a 90-foot, ADA compliant walkway to connect the front of the Clearbrook Getz Center to a serenity garden in the back of the building so that any of the developmentally disabled workers at the center can enjoy the garden. More than 500 man-hours were provided by Scouts, friends and family to make this formerly unused space bright and safe.

Sidharth from California

Who: Sidharth, Troop 394, Norwalk, Calif.

What: Sidharth and his helpers renovated the playhouse at the Norwalk New Life Community Church by adding new shingles, replacing the wooden planks, and painting both the interior and exterior.

Mason from Kansas

Who: Mason, Troop 93, Shawnee, Kan.

What: Mason and his helpers developed an obstacle course to simulate World War I military training. He operated the course during the “Living The Great War” weekend event in August 2018 at the World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.

Colton from Kansas

Who: Colton, Troop 23, Erie, Kan.

What: Colton and helpers mapped out the high school’s cross-country course, creating a kiosk with three trails of different lengths. Residents can run/walk the trails, and the school can use it to host a 5K cross-country meet.

Maxwell from New York

Who: Maxwell, Troop 76, Blue Point, N.Y.

What: Maxwell and his helpers pulled out overgrown bushes, upgraded a flagpole and created a pocket park around an existing unusable flagpole behind a local church.

Ryan from Arizona

Who: Ryan, Troop 186, Tucson, Ariz.

What: Ryan and his helpers installed an interpretational sign on a trail at Saguaro National Park. This is a historic site, and during the installation of the sign, an archaeologist was required to be present.

Ethan from New York

Who: Ethan, Troop 529, Tonawanda, N.Y.

What: Ethan and his helpers restored a council ring at a local youth (non-BSA) camp. The ring hadn’t been used for many years.

Santiago from Pennsylvania

Who: Santiago, Troop 85, Tannersville, Pa.

What: Santiago and his helpers constructed a 12-foot-long bridge at Indian Station, reconstructed more than 250 feet of trails and created a new 36-foot trail ending in a 16-foot-round meeting area. His project was carried out at the MCCD Meesing Nature Center located in the Delaware State Forest.

Sebastian from Pennsylvania

Who: Sebastian, Troop 85, Tannersville, Pa.

What: Sebastian and his helpers removed and replaced 13 9-foot seating logs at three stations and reconstructed the 140-foot trail leading to the Pioneer Station. His project was carried out at the MCCD Meesing Nature Center located in the Delaware State Forest.

Alex from Indiana

Who: Alex, Troop 112, Carmel, Ind.

What: Alex and his helpers installed shot put fields for three middle schools. Each field is 60 feet long and 47 feet across.

Dylan from California

Who: Dylan, Troop 606, Irvine, Calif.

What: Dylan and his helpers built a red welcome booth for the city of Irvine’s Adventure Playground, which gets more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Andrew from Virginia

Who: Andrew, Troop 259, Chesapeake, Va.

What: Andrew and his helpers installed a 105-foot brick walkway connecting the front of his church to the Memorial Garden. He also landscaped and mulched the area.


About the Eagle Before and After series

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Have before-and-after Eagle photos I can use in future posts? Go here to learn how to send them to me.

About the Adams award for outstanding Eagle projects

The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award honors outstanding Eagle projects like those included above.

An Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit his Eagle Scout service project for consideration by filling out the nomination form found here.

Visit the Boys’ Life Eagle Project Showcase

For even more great Eagle projects, check out the Boys’ Life Eagle Project Showcase.