Crew 312 President Cyrus Vakili Rad was presented one of Venturing’s highest honors on Thursday at the annual Indian Waters Council banquet.
Cyrus, a freshman at the University of South Carolina, received the Venturing Leadership Award during the annual banquet which honors the Council’s Eagle Scouts and some of its adult volunteers.
He is the 12th member of the crew – adult or youth – to have received the award in the crew’s 15-year history. The honor no longer is bestowed upon adults but reserved only for youth. BSA limits the number of these awards that can be given out in any one year.
The award is reserved for those who demonstrate exceptional dedication to Venturing and outstanding leadership. It is awarded on merit. A youth cannot earn the award. Recipients must be nominated and letters of recommendation submitted.
Cyrus is serving his second term as president and has previously served as a vice president and treasurer. He has been inducted into the national Corps of Discovery, a servant-leadership society used by Venturing, is a graduate of Kodiak advanced leadership training and is a two-time recipient of the Jenny Kukucka Memorial Public Service Award.
The Council official presenting the award was so impressed by the public service award and Cyrus’ receiving it twice that she explained the award and its origins to the audience of more than 200 at the banquet.
Cyrus was accompanied at the banquet by his mom, dad, sister and maternal grandmother.