COVID-19 note: Most of these Eagle projects were completed before the pandemic, meaning the photos may not necessarily depict coronavirus-related health and safety protocols.
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 22 projects includes a wooden greenhouse, an information kiosk honoring fallen Marines and a $56,000 patio that took more than 1,700 volunteer hours to build.
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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Patrick from Pennsylvania
Who: Patrick, Troop 18, West Grove, Pa.
What: Patrick and his helpers painted a U.S. map, two hopscotch courts and two four-square courts on a school recess yard.
Emerson from California
Who: Emerson, Troop 2394, Santa Clara, Calif.
What: Emerson and her helpers created personal healthcare kits for 500 homeless students in San Jose. Each kit included reusable personal protective equipment and thermometers.
Nico from Illinois
Who: Nico, Troop 199, Villa Park, Ill.
What: Nico and his helpers renovated a 16-by-18-foot room at the Outreach House in Lombard, Ill. Nico, his project coach and Scouts from three local troops (including troops for boys and troops for girls) plus his fellow Order of the Arrow members installed LED lighting, cabinets, wraparound countertops and wall organizers. They painted, put up a wall border, cleaned the carpet and replaced a bookcase. The Outreach House serves low-income young families with children up to age 3 by supplying basic baby needs such as diapers, formula, wipes and clothing.
Charlotte from Colorado
Who: Charlotte, Troop 114G, Littleton, Colo.
What: Charlotte and her helpers designed and built a wooden greenhouse that doubles as a learning lab for St. Mary’s Catholic School, which she attended.
Worth noting: Charlotte’s younger brother, Alex (seen with her in the “before” photo), also completed his Eagle project there. Alex and his helpers from Littleton’s Troop 361 installed the chain-link fence and other parts of the garden, where all produce is donated to the parish food bank.
John from New York
Who: John, Troop 6, Glen Cove, N.Y.
What: John and his helpers raised funds and led construction of a 28-by-5-foot granite and bluestone wall to relocate his church’s World War II Memorial Honor Roll. John and his helpers also installed plantings and lighting.
Chris from Massachusetts
Who: Chris, Troop 519, Woburn, Mass.
What: Chris and his helpers replaced the storage shed for the North Congregational Church.
Kurt from California
Who: Kurt, Troop 774, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
What: Kurt and his helpers built an informational kiosk for the 5th Marine Regiment’s Memorial Garden, where there are memorials for fallen Marines from every significant conflict in U.S. history.
Jayden from Oregon
Who: Jayden, Troop 271, Canby, Ore.
What: Jayden and his helpers reconstructed the Warner Grange sign and Installed new vinyl fencing.
Nathan from Virginia
Who: Nathan, Troop 209, Roanoke, Va.
What: Nathan and his helpers built a permanent 15-foot-tall scaffolding tower for the Pride of Northside Marching Band to improve their marching formations and halftime/competition show.
Ethan from Florida
Who: Ethan, Troop 120, Temple Terrace, Fla.
What: Ethan and his helpers rebuilt six benches in a gazebo at Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace.
Eric from Pennsylvania
Who: Eric, Troop 99, Lancaster, Pa.
What: Eric and his helpers repaired and revitalized a gazebo and installed an access ramp to the dog “playground” at the Humane League of Lancaster County.
Bella from California
Who: Bella, Troop 2260, San Jose, Calif.
What: Bella and her helpers compiled and handed out 200 “Vial of L.I.F.E” kits through a COVID-safe, drive-up event. The kits give important information to first responders, speeding up the medical response supporting the “golden hour,” a period of time after injury when more deaths can be prevented.
Isaac from Indiana
Who: Isaac, Troop 375, Mount Vernon, Ind.
What: Isaac and his helpers installed new shelving and organized the storage room for his high school marching band.
Kaleb from Oregon
Who: Kaleb, Troop 271, Canby, Ore.
What: Kaleb and his helpers constructed two benches and installed three Peace Poles, selected by his school’s student body.
Aiden from Minnesota
Who: Aiden, Troop 9692, Lino Lakes, Minn.
What: Aiden and his helpers replaced the old entrance sign and installed three flagpoles at the Memorial Park honoring community veterans.
Logan from North Carolina
Who: Logan, Troop 234, Wilmington, N.C.
What: Logan and his helpers created a pollinator garden at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center. They constructed two large horse-shaped rustic benches, installed round pilings with tugboat rope, installed signage and created an informational pamphlet about plants.
Marty from Washington
Who: Marty, Troop 4028, Lynden, Wash.
What: Marty and his helpers built a new picnic shelter for VFW Post 9301 for the post members and the community.
David from New York
Who: David, Troop 117, Cicero, N.Y.
What: David and his helpers built two benches and completely overhauled an overgrown prayer garden for the benefit of Cicero United Methodist Church.
TJ from Maryland
Who: TJ, Troop 793, Glenelg, Md.
What: TJ and his helpers constructed a black locust log bridge with connecting trail to join the east and west sides of the Audrey Carroll Audubon Society Sanctuary in Mount Airy, Md.
Tyler from Illinois
Who: Tyler, Troop 89, Downers Grove, Ill.
What: Tyler and his helpers beautified the Downers Grove Swim and Racquet Club by clearing the area of trees and weeds, sanding and painting benches and building two flower boxes.
James from Maryland
Who: James, Crew 3141, Glen Burnie, Md.
What: James and his 111 helpers raised more than $56,000 and spent more than 1,700 hours constructing a 2,700-square-foot concrete wraparound patio with metal roof to provide curb appeal, protection from the elements and event space for VFW Post 160.
William from North Carolina
Who: William, Troop 17, Charlotte, N.C.
What: William and his helpers created an outdoor storytime area with seating using repurposed logs and ties. They also designed, built and chartered a Little Free Library and planted a shade tree — all at WingHaven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary.
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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.