Extreme Makeovers, Round 35: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 35th in an occasional series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here and submit your own here.

COVID-19 note: Some 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 15 projects includes new bleachers in West Virginia, a meditation trail in Maryland and a dressing room upgrade at a theater in Ohio.

What’s great is that you can multiply each individual act of stupendous service by roughly 50,000. That’s how many Eagle Scout projects get completed every single year.

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Ian from California

Who: Ian, Troop 286, Morgan Hill, Calif.

What: Ian and his helpers installed a path of pavers across a grassy area at his elementary school and parish.


Joshua from Georgia

Who: Joshua, Troop 827, Duluth, Ga.

What: Joshua and his helpers performed a major upgrade to the Catholic Church of St. Monica in Duluth. They installed a Lady of the Rosary shrine, built two new benches, constructed a welcome sign, repaired broken benches and replaced the old handrail at the prayer garden.


Cody from Ohio

Who: Cody, Troop 97, Sidney, Ohio

What: Cody and his helpers remodeled two dressing rooms at a local performing arts theater.


Matthew from New York

Who: Matthew, Troop 400, Port Chester, N.Y.

What: Matthew and his helpers designed and built a pergola to provide shade at a community garden.


Matthew from West Virginia

Who: Matthew, Troop 42, Charles Town, W.Va.

What: Matthew and his helpers rehabilitated a set of unsafe, 60-year-old bleachers at the local middle school in Shepherdstown, W.Va.


Andrew from California

Who: Andrew, Troop 94, Folsom, Calif.

What: Andrew and his helpers built a pergola structure and added a roof gutter to minimize attention to the outdoor bathrooms at the Murer House & Learning Center.


Justine from New York

Who: Justine, Troop 5074, Livonia, N.Y.

What: Justine and her helpers repaired and renovated a 400-foot vintage wrought-iron fence that was damaged and partially dismantled for tree removal in front of a cemetery.


Dan from Massachusetts

Who: Dan, Troop 10, Needham, Mass.

What: Dan and his helpers built a tall privacy fence at the Italian Home for Children, one of the largest and oldest children’s homes in Massachusetts which was started in the aftermath of the 1918 flu pandemic. The fence hides industrial-size dumpsters.


Christopher from Virginia

Who: Christopher, Lone Scout, South Chesterfield, Va.

What: Christopher and his helpers renovated the outdoor chapel at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church and connected it to his previously built prayer labyrinth and geocache site. The result is an expanded outside worship center for his church and surrounding community.


Seth from Ohio

Who: Seth, Troop 115, Canfield, Ohio

What: Seth and his helpers built a memorial for the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and his local first and police in front of Austintown Fitch High School.


Samantha from Maryland

Who: Samantha, Troop 1793G, Leonardtown, Md.

What: Samantha and her helpers cleared bamboo from the trailhead of a meditation trail located behind her church and installed an arbor with planter boxes using the harvested bamboo.


Megan from Virginia

Who: Megan, Troop 893, Centreville, Va.

What: Megan and her helpers refurbished her high school’s lecture hall to celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary.


Gregory from North Carolina

Who: Gregory, Troop 747, Leland, N.C.

What: Gregory and his helpers built an additional three garden beds for his town’s community garden, providing additional space for community members that have been on a wait list.


Jareth from Pennsylvania

Who: Jareth, Troop 25, White Haven, Pa.

What: Jareth and his helpers refinished three aging picnic benches and built a pavilion to cover them at the Marian Sutherland Kirby Library. The space will be used for children’s activities, including storytime, crafts and visits from Santa.


Tyler from Florida

Who: Tyler, Troop 369, Merritt Island, Fla.

What: Tyler and his helpers built a 60-by-10-foot planter box to add landscaping in the front of a local elementary school.


More in this series

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How to submit your photos

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.

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 Scout Life Eagle Project Showcase

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

Photo credits

All photos are courtesy of each aspiring Eagle Scout and their family.

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.