Patrick Brennan stood atop a slight hill holding a flag while sending to part of his patrol a secret message to be decoded.
Perhaps the biggest message the 15-year-old member of Poland-based Boy Scout Troop 2 received, though, was better understanding the importance of critical thinking and collaboration in problem-solving.
“I’ve learned teamwork, and how to get things done on your own,” Patrick said while participating in the signaling activity, one of seven stations that made up Saturday’s 2014 Boy Scout Klondike Derby at Camp Stambaugh, 3712 Leffingwell Road.
Sponsoring the all-day annual winter outdoor gathering was the Whispering Pines District Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scouts of America.
Patrick was among the estimated 177 Mahoning County Scouts age 11 to 18 to have participated in the derby, noted Byron Harnishfeger, a Scoutmaster with Troop 60 of Boardman, which hosted the event.
Patrick was part of one patrol group who was handed the challenge of sending to the second group a message to decode via Morse code, flags and other means before the two patrols switched roles. Points were awarded for skill level and teamwork.
For more on the skill-building events, read Sunday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.