Seventeen-year-old Westchester resident John Barriga, a member of the Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, has been selected as part of an eight-member delegation to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to Congress Wednesday, March 5th.

Each year Boy Scouts of America selects a group of young men and women who embody the goals of Scouting and represent the Scout Oath and Law to give its annual Report to the Nation in Washington, D.C.

The report highlights the achievements of the Boy Scouts of America over the past year through programs such as Good Turn for America, a national service initiative that addresses critical areas of need in society.

Barriga, a senior at El Segundo High School, embodies the qualities of an Eagle Scout and was awarded the distinguished achievement rank, according to Boy Scouts of America. Besides the community service projects he established to become an Eagle Scout, Barriga went above and beyond the requirements necessary to achieve the rank when he earned 36 merit badges, 15 more than the 21 badges required, according to the organization.

“John is the perfect example of an Eagle Scout in that he takes pride in himself and his community and goes above and beyond to be better and live better,” said Boy Scouts of America chief scout executive Bob Mazzuca. “It is an inspiration to see John’s commitment to the Scouts, his family, and his community.”

In addition to presenting the official report at the U.S. Capitol, the Scout delegation will get a behind-the-scenes look at Washington-area sites, including the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Central Intelligence Agency, Arlington National Cemetery, Goddard Space Flight Center, the Pentagon and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Serving nearly 4.6 million young people between the ages of seven and 20, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the Boy Scouts of America is considered the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

Information, www.scouting .org/.

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