Extreme Makeovers, Round 51: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 51st 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 six different states — includes building classrooms, installing walkways and painting buildings.

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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Dylan from Georgia

Who: Dylan, Troop 21, Atlanta, Georgia

What: Dylan built an outdoor classroom for an elementary school.

Andrew from California

Who: Andrew, Troop 583, Castaic, California

What: Andrew and his helpers installed 11 water-filling stations around Valley Trails Ranch in Castaic, California. Each station has a water filtration system.

Luke from Ohio

Who: Luke, Troop 106, Ironton, Ohio

What: Luke installed a paved walkway in the veterans’ section of Woodland Cemetery. The bricks are engraved with the names of veterans and supporters.

Zack from Illinois

Who: Zach, Troop 216, Edwardsville, Illinois

What: Zach and his volunteers built permanent shelving for a classroom at a local nature preserve. The project replaced a temporary shelving system with something sturdier. It also added the ability to conceal the storage area behind a curtain.

Isaac from California

Who: Isaac, Troop 19, Redlands, California

What: Isaac rallied his troop, family and friends to clean up, repair and refinish neglected sections of a walking bridge. They also built steps into a terraced hillside to complete a walking trail for the Rochford Foundation, which provides programming and facilities for area youth and youth-based organizations.

Gabriel fromWyoming

Who: Gabriel, Troop 1060, Casper, Wyoming

What: Gabriel, his troop and some church members installed a meditation area at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. It features a sculpture on a concrete pedestal and two benches. The statue is called “Crossfish.” It’s a cross when viewed from one angle and an ichthys (fish) when seen from another.

Jazzy from California

Who: Jazzy, Troop 408, Rancho Cucamonga, California

What: Jazzy and her 60 volunteers removed almost 2,000 square feet of grass and turf by hand at a local fire station. They also installed a weed barrier and 22 1/2 tons of landscape rocks. The new landscape makes the parkway more drought-tolerant and aesthetically pleasing.

Hunter from Ohio

Who: Hunter, Troop 1666, Oregon, Ohio

What: Hunter, with help from fellow Scouts and community volunteers, built a 185-foot long boardwalk connecting the parking lot across a swampy area to the all-purpose trail at Pearson Metropark.

Connor from Virginia

Who: Connor, Troop 1777, Fredericksburg, Virginia

What: Connor and his team of volunteers worked with the National Park Service’s Chattam Manor maintenance department to refurbish a replica Civil War pontoon bridge, which was used to cross the Rappahannock River in Virginia during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Tyler from Georgia

Who: Tyler, Troop 47, Waverly Hall, Georgia

What: Tyler led community members in a project to restore the Melody Lakes Community Center. They  painted building the inside and out, installed a flower bed, picnic table, and children’s library, and restored the outdoor playground equipment.

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.