Note: This is the 24th in an occasional series where I share Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos. See the complete collection here.

To fully understand the impact Eagle Scout projects have on communities, you need to see to believe. That’s why I asked to see Eagle Scout project before-and-after photos — the same photos prospective Eagles are asked to include with their post-project report.

This week’s batch of 15 projects includes a moving memorial to fallen firefighters, a sturdy stand to hold kayaks and paddleboards, and an outstanding outdoor water station for high school athletes.

What’s great is that you can multiply each individual act of stupendous service by more than 50,000. That’s how many Eagle Scout projects get completed every single year.

TIP: Click or tap and drag the slider below each image to see the change.

Austin from South Carolina

Who: Austin, Troop 402, Florence, S.C.

What: Austin and his helpers designed, built and installed new kayak and paddleboard racks for Poinsett State Park in Wedgefield, S.C.

Aidan from Texas

Who: Aidan, Troop 1174, Humble, Texas

What: Aidan and his helpers removed an old sink and counter and built shelves to replace them in a middle school orchestra room.

Nick from Minnesota

Who: Nick, Troop 440, Evansville, Minn.

What: Nick and his helpers built an outdoor classroom at Brandon-Evansville High School.

Joseph from New York

Who: Joseph, Troop 79, Painted Post, N.Y.

What: Joseph and his helpers researched past members of the volunteer fire department, repainted the flag pole and designed, procured and installed a new firefighter memorial in front of fire station. The project cost approximately $35,000.

Hank from North Carolina

Who: Hank, Troop 11, Charlotte, N.C.

What: Hank and his helpers rehabilitated the flood-prone portion of a nature trail by adding 7.5 tons of gravel and new landscape timbers at a trail which will soon connect the James K. Polk State Historic Site to a citywide greenway to help increase visitor traffic at the state historic site.

James from Florida

Who: James, Troop 46, Tampa, Fla.

What: James and his helpers created a new outdoor gathering and worship space by building a base and relocating a beloved parish statue.

Dawson from Missouri

Who: Dawson, Troop 513, Warrensburg, Mo.

What: Dawson and his helpers built and installed six raised garden beds for a shelter for women recovering from addictions.

Christopher from Texas

Who: Christopher, Troop 500, San Antonio, Texas

What: Christopher and his helpers replaced, widened and stabilized a 36-foot paving stone walkway at the Animal Defense League in San Antonio.

Thomas from Massachusetts

Who: Thomas, Troop 64, Middleborough, Mass.

What: Thomas and his helpers installed a raised garden planter, pavers and benches for vegetable garden at the Middleborough Council on Aging.

Chris from North Carolina

Who: Chris, Troop 55, High Point, N.C.

What: Chris and his helpers installed an outdoor water station for Chris’s high school for all the outdoor sports teams that practice near the track, including the football, track and baseball teams.

Chris from Georgia

Who: Chris, Troop 615, Evans, Ga.

What: Chris and his helpers built a gaga ball pit at the Girl Scout’s Camp Tanglewood in Augusta, Ga.

Thomas from Washington

Who: Thomas, Troop 39, Snohomish, Wash.

What: Thomas and his helpers restored the garden area, rebuilt the stone wall, and installed a new arbor at Maltby Community Club in Snohomish.

Matthew from Florida

Who: Matthew, Troop 475, Palm Harbor, Fla.

What: Matthew and his friends installed 10 StoryWalk boxes at a local library to hold a pages of a children’s book for children to walk along a trail to read the book.

Warren from California

Who: Warren, Troop 59, Lagunitas, Calif.

What: Warren and his helpers removed, partially relocated and rebuilt 250 feet of old unsafe railing overlooking Lagunitas Creek at Samuel P. Taylor State Park to create a safe barrier for observers of the salmon-spawning creek 15 feet below.

Matthew from Oregon

Who: Matthew, Troop 530, Tualatin, Ore.

What: Matthew and his helpers designed and built two racks for cellos and stand-up basses, created storage racks for violins and percussion harnesses, and painted the Tualatin High School drum-kit stand. The Tualatin High School’s band and orchestra program doubled in size in two years, and classroom space was needed for all the student musicians. The additional need for storage of the expensive instruments and equipment was needed.

About the Eagle Before and After series

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About the Adams award for outstanding Eagle projects

The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award honors outstanding Eagle projects like those included above.

An Eagle Scout, his parents, or any registered BSA volunteer (with the Eagle Scout’s permission) may submit his Eagle Scout service project for consideration by filling out the nomination form found here.

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