Extreme Makeovers, Round 47: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 47th entry in an occasional series in which 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 10 projects — from eight different states — includes building gardens, painting tables and repairing cannons.

If your Scout is looking for ideas for his or her Eagle Scout project, you can show him or her this story or any in the Extreme Makeovers collection. You can also find ideas in Scout Life’s Eagle Project Showcase. Still stumped? Try the National Eagle Scout Association’s project idea generator.

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Connor from Oregon

Who: Connor, Troop 162, Beaverton, Ore.

What: Connor and his helpers created a garden by landscaping a 20-by-20-by-20-foot triangular spot at a church. They removed dirt, added plants, and installed a rubber border and a wooden bench.

Giancarlos from Texas

Who: Giancarlos, Troop 83, Rockwall, Texas

What: Giancarlos and his helpers offered a free introduction to horse-assisted therapy for children with special needs and their parents. The event included a therapy demonstration, horse grooming, horse petting, crafts and photos.

William from North Carolina

Who: William, Troop 75, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

What: William and his helpers renovated an old ambulance, transforming it into an ambulance simulator for his high school. They installed walls, shelving, the rear bumper, cabinets and benches.

Jonathan from California

Who: Jonathan, Troop 384, Palm Desert, Calif.

What: Jonathan and his helpers rebuilt desert tortoise rehabilitation pens at a zoo in Palm Desert. He chose this project in memory of his younger brother, Evan, who died in an RV accident 16 months before the project began. Desert tortoises were Evan’s favorite reptile, and he slept with a picture of one next to his bed.

William from California

Who: William, Troop 699, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

What: William and his helpers painted 27 tables and benches at a local cultural center in Pomona. He wanted to give back to the center, where he learned his native language.

Ella from Ohio

Who: Ella, Troop 1149, Mariemont, Ohio

What: Ella and her helpers built a food blessing box outside of a local food pantry. The box allows people to get food whenever they need it and not just when the food pantry is open. She also hosted a food drive to fill the blessing box.

Trevor from Pennsylvania

Who: Trevor, Troop 1280, Waynesburg, Pa.

What: Trevor and his helpers cleaned headstones, built a map stand and set a memorial stone for five veterans whose headstones had deteriorated over time. He has wanted to make improvements to this cemetery since he first placed flags on Memorial Day when he was a Tiger.

Alexander from Iowa

Who: Alexander, Troop 214, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What: Alexander and his helpers created a room that looks like an artificial cave. The room, which is at a local park, also displays information on local bats.

Kevin from Ohio

Who: Kevin, Troop 314, Elmore, Ohio
What: Kevin and his helpers repaired, welded and painted the cannon at the American Legion in Elmore.

Christopher from Kentucky

Who: Christopher, Troop 281, Frankfort, Ky.
What: Christopher and his helpers installed a pergola and concrete pad to help protect a beehive for a camp and retreat center in Irvine, Ky.

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.

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