Extreme Makeovers, Round 49: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 49th 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 nine different states — includes renovating church courtyards, filling backpacks for children and repainting a fighter jet.

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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Seth from Nebraska

Who: Seth, Troop 0155, Lindsay, Neb.

What: Seth and his troop volunteers built a prayer garden at Holy Family Catholic Church.

Adam from Illinois

Who: Adam, Troop 55, Glenview, Ill.

What: Adam and his team excavated an area, pulled the trees out, poured a concrete slab and built a storage shed for The Grove Nature Center. The Grove hosts community and educational events, and the shed was needed to store tables, chairs and equipment.

Sam from Pennsylvania

Who: Sam, Troop 312, Lisburn, Pa.

What: Sam and his helpers built a 15-by-25-foot, two-room building for a local fire company to make and sell sausages in for its annual festival.

Austin from Kentucky

Who: Austin, Troop 611, Owensboro, Ky.

What: Austin and his helpers from his troop and Pack 3273 stuffed backpacks with goodies for children going into the foster care system. They filled 150 bags.

Sam from Illinois

Who: Sam, Troop 889, Chicago, Illinois
What: Sam and his fellow Scouts and friends renovated a church courtyard. They installed artificial turf, built a meeting table and benches, and made a devotional shrine for the space, which is now being used frequently for gatherings.

Jalslyn from Florida

Who: Jalslyn, Troop 60, New Port Richey, Fla.

What: Jalslyn and her helpers cleaned up a lot and built a flag retirement fire pit and two memorial pergolas with benches in Hudson, Fla.

Max from California

Who: Max, Troop 506, San Diego, Calif.

What: Max and his helpers restored a public garden by deconstructing and disposing of old planter boxes, building new planter boxes, digging trenches, laying out a functional irrigation system and shoveling compost onto the new planter boxes. The project prompted the school garden club to restart.

Fuller from Georgia

Who: Fuller, Troop 298, Atlanta, Ga.

What: Fuller and his helpers cleared out overgrown flower beds, planted perennial flowers and a vegetable garden for Our House, a shelter for unhoused families with young children.

Ryan from Texas

Who: Ryan, Troop 395, Austin, Texas
What: Ryan and his helpers repainted an F4C Phantom aircraft at VFW Post 3377 in Austin. He worked with one of the former pilots to restore the aircraft to how it looked when it was flown in Vietnam.

Evan from New York

Who: Evan, Troop 2061, Stony Point, N.Y.

What: Evan and his volunteers repaired a concrete structure and built a pavilion on the grounds of the historic Stony Point Town Hall.

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