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 20 projects — featuring Scouts from 20 different states — includes a rock climbing wall for kids, a horse-washing station and an outdoor food prep area to help a church feed the homeless.
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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Jonathan from Pennsylvania
Who: Jonathan, Troop 318, Bethlehem, Pa.
What: Jonathan and his helpers tripled the size of the garage at Jonathan’s church. The garage was originally built by his grandfather, and the expansion gives much-needed storage space to the church and community groups that meet there.
Ryan from Vermont
Who: Ryan, Troop 525, Monkton, Vt.
What: Ryan and his helpers replace the flag pole at the Monkton Volunteer Fire Department.
Justin from Kentucky
Who: Justin, Troop 209, Louisville, Ky.
What: Justin and his helpers replaced and added railing to a bridge for an accessible hiking trail in Jefferson Memorial Forest.
Jimmy from Minnesota
Who: Jimmy, Troop 110, Rochester, Minn.
What: Jimmy and his helpers built a rock climbing wall for children at Oxbow Park’s “Journey to Imagination” play area.
Ericsson from Massachusetts
Who: Ericsson, Troop 195, Westford, Mass.
What: Ericsson and his helpers designed, built and installed a new storage shed at the American Legion Field, providing a safe and secure place for the youth baseball and softball leagues to keep their equipment.
Caleb from Iowa
Who: Caleb, Troop 316, Des Moines, Iowa
What: Caleb and his helpers replaced a worn-out rain barrel at the Blank Park Zoo.They also made four additional rain barrels for the zoo to use to collect rain runoff from their buildings.
Cameron from Oregon
Who: Cameron, Troop 740, Gresham, Ore.
What: Cameron and his helpers converted an unused grassy area at his church into a fire pit, with a surrounding 30-foot-diameter gravel area for seating and fire safety.
Luke from New Jersey
Who: Luke, Troop 119, Union Township, N.J.
What: Luke and his helpers transformed the backyard of Luke’s middle school by installing a 30-by-30-foot pavilion, building six wooded tables, assembling eight resin benches and planting 11 memorial trees. The project at Union Township Middle School provided much-needed shade and seating options for the new playground area.
Alex from Texas
Who: Alex, Troop 87, Amarillo, Texas
What: Alex and his helpers renovated the 30-year-old basketball court at Arden Road Elementary.
Javier from Florida
Who: Javier, Troop 337, Pinellas Park, Fla.
What: Javier and helpers built a grilling patio, complete with grill and food prep table, to aid a church with feeding the homeless. The project included clearing tree roots, pouring and leveling concrete, and constructing the table.
James from Washington
Who: James, Troop 219, Tacoma, Wash.
What: James and his helpers built four communion tables for Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Brock from Indiana
Who: Brock, Troop 169, Auburn, Ind.
What: Brock and his helpers built a pavilion and picnic tables near a public canoe/kayak launch ramp. Both were designed to resist floods and vandals.
Adam from Kansas
Who: Adam, Troop 193, Rossville, Kan.
What: Adam and his helpers renovated the back lot of the Rossville Christian Church by having the elevation sloped correctly so rainwater wouldn’t drain toward the church. They also poured a concrete slab, built a shed and turned the back lot into a staff parking lot.
Brant from New York
Who: Brant, Troop 1097, Neversink, N.Y.
What: Brant and his helpers installed a flagpole and a 5-by-11-foot commemorative wall for veterans and active-duty service members at the Town of Neversink’s Route 42 Community Park. There are 220 tiles on the wall, each bearing a person’s name, years of service and branch of service.
Nathan from California
Who: Nathan, Troop 40, Grand Terrace, Calif.
What: Nathan and his helpers refurbished a horse-washing station at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Rodeo.
Griffin from Illinois
Who: Griffin, Troop 96, Grayslake, Ill.
What: Griffin and his helpers created three native flower gardens with mason bee habitats to support the pollinators at local schools.
Jamison from Georgia
Who: Jamison, Troop 6, Columbus, Ga.
What: Jamison and his helpers constructed a pathway to a brick patio with hand-built benches to create an outdoor seating area for the police officers and civilian employees of the Public Safety Center of Columbus.
Juston from Ohio
Who: Juston, Troop 4122, Howland, Ohio
What: Juston and his helpers redesigned, built, installed and landscaped a new sign for Howland Township’s senior center.
Tommy from Maryland
Who: Tommy, Troop 23, Funkstown, Md.
What: Tommy and his helpers revitalized the west wall of his town’s historic Town Hall. They also built a retaining wall for storm wastewater management.
AuGust from Wisconsin
Who: AuGust, Troop 52, Cameron, Wis.
What: AuGust and his helpers built a fire pit pergola with benches and swings near his church. They’ll use the area for outdoor classes, services and youth groups.
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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.
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.