Extreme Makeovers, Round 46: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 46th 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 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 11 projects — from 9 different states — includes installing new signage at a local park in Missouri, improving access to outdoors areas at a rehabilitation facility in Ohio and installing new outdoor games at a middle school in Kentucky.

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.

TIP: Click/tap and drag the slider below each image to see the change.

Alexander from Michigan

Who: Alexander W., Troop 256, Washington Township, Michigan

What: Alex and his volunteers installed new landscaping around the school sign. Alex wanted to give back to the Beck Centennial Elementary School that he used to attend.

Nathan from New York

Who: Nathan, Troop 279, Latham, N.Y.

What: Nathan and his crew removed a myriad of old markers and re-stablished a trail system with new markers at his town park. He also designed two new trail signs and had them manufactured to replace the old wood ones.

Zack from Missouri

Who: Zack H, Troop 4002, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
What: Zack and his volunteers installed a new sign for the county park. Scouts from four different troops participated in this transformation.

Landon from California

Who: Landon, Troop 699, Rancho Cucamonga, California

What: Landon and some fellow Scouts cleaned out a church storage room that was unorganized and unusable. Then they painted the walls, installed new shelves, organized it and made it usable.

John from Ohio

Who: John G., Troop 252, Oregon, Ohio

What: John’s project involved building a pergola for patients at the Genicross Lutheran Services Rehabilitation Center. The pergola gave the patients the opportunity to sit outside and talk while enjoying the outdoors. Prior to the project, there were no shaded areas to sit outside.

Ian from Louisiana

Who: Ian, Troop 67, Donaldsonville, Louisiana

What: With the help of volunteers, Ian painted math-inspired hopscotch games for a local primary school playground.

Tristen from Kentucky

Who: Tristen, Troop 829G, Boston, Kentucky
What: Tristen and her troop built and installed a gaga ball pit, giant tic-tac-toe, giant Jenga game, giant Connect Four game and provided a storage box and balls for her elementary/middle school.

Evan from California

Who: Evan Y., Troop 243, Santa Ana, California

What: Evan and his teammates built a beautification planter out of wood for Orchard Hills school for all they did for the students during COVID pandemic.

Caleb from Ohio

Who: Caleb Troop 263, Toledo, Ohio

What: Caleb and his crew installed a preschool playground for his grade school and church, Christ the King.

Daniel from Florida

Who: Daniel, Troop 713, Loyce Harpe Park, Lakeland, Florida

What: Daniel and his helpers built an incline bridge as a new mountain biking feature for a trail called Razors Edge in Loyce Harpe Park. The project will help cyclists ascend the ravine and hill safer for a drop on the other side.

Christian from Illinois

Who: Christian H., Troop 8093, Glen Carbon, Illinois

What: Christian and his helpers built a gaga ball pit in the city park for the city of Breese, Illinois.

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 awards 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. Click here to learn more.

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 Aaron Derr 262 Articles
Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.