Extreme Makeovers, Round 50: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

Before cemetery cleanup on the left; after cemetery cleanup on the right

This is the 50th 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 seven different states — includes creating a memorial garden, restoring a cemetery and revamping the supply closet at a food pantry.

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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Reid from Indiana

Who: Reid, Troop 245, Greenwood, Ind.

What: Reid and his helpers removed poison ivy-filled shrub areas and a weed-infested walkway. They also created 48 additional burial spaces in the St. Thomas Episcopal Church memorial garden and added an exposed aggregate walkway with an inviting pergola for shade. Thanks to the updates, this low-maintenance memorial garden will be around for another 30 years.

Ben from Maryland

Who: Ben, Troop 264, Olney, Md.

What: Ben and others cleaned more than 600 tombstones for the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting cemetery.

Levi from Indiana

Who: Levi, Troop 528, Greentown, Ind.

What: Levi added a gas-fired flag memorial to the local American Legions War Memorial Park so veterans could easily retire American flags properly and teach others at the Howard County Fair (held on the same property) how to do the same. He included an interior designed to collect ashes and grommets for proper removal, and an exterior look based entirely on the American flag.

Shaurya from California

Who: Shaurya, Troop 2222, Santa Clarita, Calif.

What: Shaurya and fellow Scouts developed a hardscape seating area near the main entrance of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for elderly parishioners.

Nadim from Texas

Who: Nadim, Troop 890, Dallas, Texas

What: Nadim’s Eagle Scout project consisted of building a meeting place for the local Scout group in his hometown of Bikfaya, Lebanon, with the help of some of the older and more experienced Scouts who live there.

Tyler from North Carolina

Who: Tyler, Troop 350, Raleigh, N.C.

What: Tyler helped organize and expand the pantry used to store food, school supplies and personal items at Carol Middle School in Raleigh, N.C.

Avalyn from Washington

Who: Avalyn, Troop 8455, Renton, Wash.

What: Avalyn built a three-phase composting system for Shadow Lake Nature Preserve’s natural species garden.

Nathaniel from Texas

Who: Nathaniel, Troop 567, Katy, Texas

What: Nathaniel helped add four painted benches to the walkway in front of the local natatorium. The area is a common waiting spot for athletes after practice. The benches provide a place for them to sit.

Joshua from North Carolina

Who: Joshua, Troop 443, Salisbury, N.C.

What: Josh merged two hiking and biking trails and built a bridge over a creek at Salisbury Community Park.

Matthew from Massachusetts

Who: Matthew, Troop 7, Dedham, Mass.

What: Matthew fixed the fence and planted trees and new grass at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

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 Awardhonors 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.

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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.