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.
The latest batch of 15 projects includes an outdoor stage for a church in Tennessee, an informational kiosk outside a historic house and a total makeover for the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina.
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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Evan from Illinois
Who: Evan, Troop 619, South Beloit, Ill.
What: Evan and his helpers built a natural playground at Nature at the Confluence, an environmental center.
Timothy and Josiah from Tennessee
Who: Timothy and Josiah, both of Troop 1204, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
What: This is two separate Eagle projects completed four years apart by two brothers.
The first brother, Timothy, worked with his helpers to construct a 20-by-30-foot outdoor stage for the 100th anniversary of his church for use during the celebration and for years to come.
The second brother, Josiah, worked with his helpers to build a 20-by-30-foot leveled seating area and fire pit 50 feet in front of the stage to have a place for visitors with accessibility needs to enjoy performances and groups to congregate around a fire.
Tarquin from California
Who: Tarquin, Troop 42, Novato, Calif.
What: Tarquin and his helpers renovated a raised garden at the United Methodist Church, the troop’s chartered organization and where it meets. They removed rootbound agapanthus (which no longer bloomed), loosened the soil, added new topsoil, reset the fountain, brought a water supply over from another part of the garden and installed an irrigation system, and helped plant the new plants.
The church has enjoyed its improved garden, and it has benefitted the environment by adding diverse plants. Tarquin also earned the Hornaday Award with his Eagle project.
Alexander from Michigan
Who: Alexander, Troop 263, Farmington Hills, Mich.
What: Alexander and his helpers expanded a trail, taking out an ineffective drainage pipe, digging a river out to redirect the water flow, placing rocks to prevent erosion in the newly created river, building and placing a footbridge above the new river and laying new native seeds to various areas.
William from North Carolina
Who: William, Troop 30, Greenville, N.C.
What: William and his helpers provided a substantial outdoor building and landscaping makeover for the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. His 55 volunteers completed a combined 448 total service hours on a $6,000 budget.
Alex from New York
Who: Alex, Troop 267, Fredonia, N.Y.
What: Alex and his helpers renovated and repaired the multiuse room in the Dunkirk Library, completing a combined 326 service hours.
Marcus from California
Who: Marcus, Troop 32, Santa Rosa, Calif.
What: Marcus and his helpers refurbished an old Scout campground (last used in the 1970s). They replaced the firepit, leveled everything, spread shale, built benches and repaired the flagpole lanyard.
Gabriel from Indiana
Who: Gabriel, Troop 350, Evansville, Ind.
What: Gabriel and his helpers repurposed an old, dilapidated tennis court at Spring Mill Bible Camp in Mitchell, Ind. Gabriel and his helpers logged more than 2,300 hours of service in this project. They had a retaining wall poured, installed 80 feet of 10-foot chain-link fence, built an outdoor classroom and had the tennis court resealed.
Justin from New York
Who: Justin, Troop 267, Cassadaga, N.Y.
What: Justin and his helpers removed the old unsafe benches, made new staircases out of railroad ties, removed old tree stumps and roots, made cement footers and rebuilt new benches.
Bill from New Jersey
Who: Bill, Troop 1079, Somers Point, N.J.
What: Bill and his helpers built an information kiosk for Somers Mansion, a historic house that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
Joshua from Missouri
Who: Joshua, Troop 725, St. Louis, Mo.
What: Joshua and his helpers carefully cleaned up the debris from the previous bridge that was unusable and designed and built a pedestrian bridge at his school. The school can now use this path again to reach and use their outdoor classroom.
Jack from Texas
Who: Jack, Troop 145, Round Rock, Texas
What: Jack and his helpers took an unused area in back of their school and built a ga-ga ball pit. The mat he installed also creates an area for four square.
Zachary from Florida (Venturing Summit Award project)
Who: Zachary, Crew 317, Davie, Fla.
What: Zachary and his helpers created a Life Skills Grocery Store, including a functional manual conveyor checkout counter, for students with special needs at Super School in Plantation, Fla.
Luke from Michigan
Who: Luke, Troop 349, Macomb, Mich.
What: Luke and his helpers solved the erosion problem along the Clinton River in Mount Clemens, Mich., by placing jute netting, coir logs, mulch and native plants along the riverbank.
About the Eagle Before and After series
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How to submit your photos
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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, their parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit the 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.