Campers, now is the time to get your scholarship applications.

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Rebecca Sloan Layton Scholarship

This scholarship is available for girls between the ages of 10-14 years old.  They will write a 300 word essay about how they express their individualism in their everyday lives. Click here to email your essay to Janice.

Growing up I always wanted to be Wonder Woman! Smart, beautiful, tough, and just plain who I identified with! I thought Lynda Carter was so beautiful too and she still is in her 60’s. I wish I could go back to the 80’s sometimes!”
               -This was written on one of the rafters of cabins by Rebecca. “Practice Individualism“

Rebecca Sloan-Layton was a staff member of Camp Sunshine between the years of 2002-2005.  She loved the camp because many of the kids were from the Kansas school for the Deaf , where she worked as a dorm counselor.  It was a chance for her to hang out with them during the summer time!  She was well-liked among the staff members because of her contagious smile and outgoing personality.  She loved to smile, laugh, and play fun pranks on people at camp.  

One of her dreams was to get married and to start her own family.  She met and fell in love with Wesley Layton.  They got married in the fall of 2008.  She and her husband lived in Knoxville, Tennessee until they both decided they wanted to go back to school at Gallaudet University.  Rebecca wanted to become a social worker.

In 2013, Rebecca and her husband found out that she had cancer. (in her liver/lymph nodes).   She fought hard to beat the cancer and had a very positive attitude toward it.  She was determined to beat it!  However, in June 2014, she passed away from cancer.

This scholarship is available for young girls with speech & hearing and communication disorders from the ages of 10-14 years old. With a passion to inspire and express themselves for who they are as an individual. For an opportunity to attend this camp on a full scholarship to next year’s camp, the camper needs to  Write an essay in 300 words or more.

This is what you will be expressing on paper about…..

How would you practice individualism by coming to camp and what is your greatest achievement with individualism and would be this far in life?

Click here to email your essay to Janice

Kent Ahrens Scholarship

This scholarship is available for boys between the ages of 10-14 years old.  The applicant will need to write a 300 word essay.  Click here to email your essay to Janice.

Kent Ahrens was the founder of  the wonderful camp we call “The Sertoma Clubs of St. Joseph Deaf Camp”. He started the camp  in 1984, when his nephew who was profoundly deaf, dreaded getting out of school for the summer. Not having anyone to play with a communication disability. Kent brainstormed, how he could do something special for his nephew and have fun during his summer break. He got with his wife (Phyllis) and many others and came up with a plan.

Working with his own South Side Sertoma Club, Sertoma International, St. Joseph Park & Recreation,  Missouri School for the Deaf  and put together a one day camp that was held at Missouri Western College where Kent’s nephew would meet children that he could not only play with better he was able to communicate with. There was so much joy from the nephew and his family, that one day became a week long at the YMCA Camp Marvin HIllyard. The word of the camp spread so quickly, Kent started thinking about how the camp could give so many more deaf children the experience of a lifetime, so he reached to Kansas School for the Deaf to get a wide range of children to get involved.

Kent and his family and so many of his fellow Sertoman’s and community leaders began to get touched by this amazing experience. Campers and staff of which some were deaf, along with interpreters would have cookouts, play games, have water balloon & pie fights and fun with a dunking machine.  He loved for each camper to  smile, laugh, and enjoy playing fun pranks on people at camp. Kent Ahrens passed in April.  He has left his legacy (Sertoma Deaf Camp) in the hands of all of us.

Kent and wife (Phyllis)  had a love for animals and his numerous adopted friends, also a member of ASPCA.   Kent saved animals from dog-fighting, puppy mills, hoarding and other cruelty-related situations.   Kent provided animal victims of cruelty with life-saving medical care and behavioral rehabilitation.  Kent helped thousands of animals get off the streets and into loving homes every single year.  Kent worked with all levels of government to fight for stronger laws to protect animals.

The scholarship is available to young boys with speech, hearing and communication disorders from the ages of 10-14 years old, with a passion to inspire and express themselves for who they are as an individual.  For an opportunity to attend this camp on a full scholarship to next year’s camp, the camper needs to write essay in 300 words or more

This is what you will be expressing on paper about…..

How would you practice saving, protecting and work to ensure that animals and are safe in their community from being starved, neglected and abandoned and how could you ensure that our community is onboard with your mission?

Click here to email your essay to Janice