Extreme Makeovers, Round 56: Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos

This is the 56th 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 10 different states — includes planting trees, building baseball dugouts and refurbishing horseshoe pits.

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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Tristan from Kansas

Who: Tristan, Troop 218, Overland Park, Kansas

What: Tristan built two wheelchair ramps for Col. Roger H.C. Donlon, a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient who is now dependent on a wheelchair and a walker. Tristan’s project supported the Special Forces Association Chapter 29 of Kansas City.

Olivia from California

Who: Olivia, Troop 2000, Encinitas, California

What: Olivia and her volunteers built a carpeted, sectioned cabinet to store musical instruments and attachments in the high school band room, replacing an old shelving unit that did not allow the items to be stored safely and cleanly.

Matthew from New York

Who: Matthew, Troop 601, Lancaster, New York

What: Matthew and his team planted 28 white pine trees behind a historic cemetery. As they grow, the trees will provide a visual and sound barrier from the busy highway behind the graveyard.

Nickolas from New York

Who: Nickolas, Troop 162, Greene, New York

What: Nickolas replaced two aging signs welcoming people to Greene with a single, easier-to-read sign. He also cleaned up old trees and bushes and added a new retaining wall. Additionally, he installed a flagpole for veterans with solar lights to make it shine at night.

Carlos Mario from Puerto Rico

Who: Carlos Mario, Troop 702, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

What: Carlos and his helpers built, installed and painted a lifeguard tower at Playa Boqueron Beach in Cabo Rojo, P.R. The original tower had been destroyed in 2017 during Hurricane María.

Landen from Michigan

Who: Landen, Troop 425, Chelsea, Michigan.

What: Landen and his team of volunteers constructed two dugouts for the Stockbridge Community School District 12-and-under baseball and junior varsity softball teams.

Adam from Wisconsin

Who: Adam, Troop 21, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

What: Adam refurbished six horseshoe pits and four park benches that had suffered from years of neglect. The structures are used by residents of the Washington Park Senior Center in Milwaukee County.

Logan from Michigan

Who: Logan, Troop 222, Cedar Springs, Michigan

What: Logan raised $32,000 and recruited helpers to replace 15 rotting bleachers with 16 new aluminum ones. The crew spent two nights tearing down the old bleachers and two hours building the new ones and putting them in place.

Carter from Ohio

Who: Carter, Troop 6046, Marion, Ohio

What: Carter refurbished and repaired the Harding High School Band music stands.

Alejandro from Maryland

Who: Alejandro, Troop 794, Ellicott City, Maryland

What: Alejandro and his many helpers built a new gravel base for a shed at a community baseball field. They also transported the shed to a better location by rolling it on large PVC pipes.

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 Sheniece Chappell 34 Articles
Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.