Extreme Makeovers, Round 44: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 44th in an occasional series where we share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here and submit your own here.

To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That’s why we ask 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 eight projects — from seven different states — includes improved outdoor meeting places at churches, veterans memorials and sidewalks at schools.

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.

Owenn from Alabama

Who: Owenn, Troop 343, Huntsville, Ala.

What: Owenn and his helpers refinished a M115 howitzer for the U.S. Veterans’ Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Ala.

Reece from Texas

Who: Reece, Troop 999, Plano, Texas

What: Reece and 15 of his helpers put in 200 volunteer hours collectively to install a 60-foot long concrete paver sidewalk for children who walk to Haun Elementary School.

John from Wisconsin

Who: John, Troop 20, Delafield, Wis.

What: John and his helpers built a patio and meditation garden for Christ the King Church. This area was intended to be used for small group meetings, but during the pandemic, it also served as a place to meet safely outdoors, including Sunday services.

Kimberly from Mississippi

Who: Kimberly, Troop 1, Arkabutla, Miss.

What: Kimberly, along with helpers from her troop and eight other units, renovated a structure that was an Eagle project from Troop 97 in 2010. She pulled up rotting and broken wood from the platform, podium and benches, replaced the wood and put in a new firepit.

Nicholas from Virginia

Who: Nicholas, Troop 1396, Woodbridge, Va.

What: Nicholas and his team from several Scout units replaced deteriorated fencing around his church’s air conditioning units at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. This included digging out the old fence posts and upgrading the foundation with cement footers to ensure the stability of the new fence.

Kaleb from Indiana

Who: Kaleb, Troop 101, Brazil, Ind.

What: Kaleb and his helpers remodeled an outdoor stage and built an ADA-compliant ramp along the side.

Michael from Nebraska

Who: Michael, Troop 405, Omaha, Neb.

What: Michael and his helpers put in close to 1,000 volunteer hours to create a memorial at Camp Ashland. The memorial is dedicated to those fallen heroes from Nebraska who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Mason from Virginia

Who: Mason, Troop 113, Gloucester, Va.

What: Mason and his helpers improved an outdoor meeting area at a church by building a gazebo over a firepit.

Eagle Before & After FAQs

How can I see more in this series?

By going here.

How can I submit my project (or my Scout’s project) for consideration?

Go here to learn how to send them to us.

Are scholarships available for outstanding Eagle projects?

Yes! 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.

How can I see even more great Eagle projects?

Check out the Scout Life Eagle Project Showcase.

Who owns the photos used in this series?

Unless otherwise listed, all photos are courtesy of each Scout and their family.

About Michael Freeman 446 Articles
Michael Freeman, an Eagle Scout, is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.