August 10, 2017. Our program featured Elliott Guido and Jacob Frank who recently attended the District 7430 leadership program known as Camp Neidig. Camp Neidig was created by Joseph S. Neidig, governing officer of Rotary District 2654, in 1950. During his term as governing officer, Neidig founded the “Leaders of Tomorrow,” a camp at Camp Delmont in Green Lane, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this camp was to further the leadership abilities of young boys. After District 2654 split in 1961, the newly-formed District 7430 decided to rename the camp “Camp Neidig” in honor of the camp’s founder.
Elliott will be a senior at the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts. He is a musician specializing in the cello but also able to play piano, flute, and clarinet. He is a volunteer EMT and hopes to pursue a medical career. His experience at the Camp far exceeded his expectations. He was able to apply his EMT experiences at the Camp’s problem-solving stations. He learned the importance of communication and consensus-building. He worked on the Camp yearbook and learned how to play GaGa Ball.
Jacob will be a senior at Easton High where he wrestles and plays football. He loves biology and hopes for a medical career. He told us how the approximately 150 campers are divided into teams named after Native American tribes. The problem- solving exercises enabled him to form quick bonds with his team. He participated in the group that orchestrated the closing ceremony.