MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Program 2018

Date: June 25, 2018 - August 31, 2018
Contact: 248-347-0269 ext. 227,220,

The Tollgate Camp Teen Steward (15-19 yrs) and Tollgate Steward-in-Training (12-14 yrs) positions are for those interested in gaining experience working with campers in agriculture and natural sciences. What is a Steward? If we look up the definition according to Webster’s Dictionary, a steward is a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. “Farmers pride themselves on being stewards of the countryside.” That’s exactly what this experience offers - a chance for stewards to enrich, mentor, and lead campers while gaining valuable leadership and life skills. In a positive educational environment, teens experience the responsibilities associated with potential career paths before entering college. 

The Stewards-in-Training (SIT) program is the start of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program. Stewards-in-Training are 12-14 years of age and must have the ability to commit to one full week of camp. SITs serve as the leaders and role models for campers during activities. Each SIT is scheduled to work with the camp group best suited to their age and interests. Stewards-in-training pay $150 per week plus an annual $20 4-H membership fee.

Stewards are 15-19 years of age and are assistants to the educational leaders and role models for both SITs and campers. Stewards must commit to at least two full weeks of camp. Stewards develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the farm and our educational camp program. Stewards develop skills which can be called upon as they move forward through their academic and work careers. First and second year stewards are asked to submit a resume and complete a 20-minute interview.

Each week, a Lead Steward is chosen from applicants who have demonstrated exceptional leadership as a Tollgate steward in the past. Exploring camp from a foundational perspective, Lead Stewards will get a glimpse into risk management, administrative responsibilities, camper relations, and program design as they work alongside the administrative and program staff. Lead stewards receive a stipend to be used towards additional 4-H trainings or college.

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development. Registration for the stewards program enrolls the youth as a 4-H member in Oakland County. The required one time membership fee of $20 is your 4-H member dues for the remainder of the 4-H year ending Aug. 31, 2018. After your steward or SIT application or registration is complete, please be sure to complete the online 4-H registration at which contains forms required in order to attend camp. Once the online profile is complete you will not have to fill out any additional forms for the remainder of the 2018 camp season.

4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program, which helps youth, ages 5 - 19, in their growth and development and compliments experiences received at home, school and other organizations. With the help of caring adult volunteers, 4-H helps young people gain the skills they need to be successful. As a member of 4-H, there are many other opportunities to get your youngster involved, including approximately 50 4-H clubs in Oakland County where members work with a large variety of project areas, including agriculture, aerospace, community service, horses, science and technology and more. Questions regarding 4-H? Contact Deb Morgan at

SITs and Stewards, come enjoy the camp experience as camp leaders. Save the following dates, including the mandatory overnight orientation and training for stewards and stewards-in-training Friday, June 15 through Saturday, June 16, the midsummer celebration and training, and the capstone celebration August 24.

If applying for Steward or registering for Steward-in-Training, please save the following dates, including dates for a mandatory overnight orientation and training scheduled for Friday, June 15  - Saturday, June 16. 

Monday, May 1 – Deadline to apply for SIT and Stewards positions
Thursday - Saturday, May 3-4 – Steward Interviews
      Thursday, May 3:  3 - 8 p.m. 
      Friday, May 4: 3 - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, June 15 - 16- Stewards and Stewards-in-Training mandatory overnight training
Tuesday, July 17: 4 - 5 p.m. Life Skills Workshop with 4-H Educator Laurie Rivetto
Thursday, July 19: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards / Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Training & Cookout
Friday, August 24 4:30 - 9 p.m. Stewards & Stewards-in-Training Camp Closing Celebration

Dates will be announced soon for a two-part career prep workshop by Extension Educator Laurie Rivetto which will cover applications, resumes, Interviews, and more. The cost is $10 per session. For more information regarding the workshop or registration, please contact Laurie at

Tollgate Steward-in-Training and Steward spaces are limited, so register early. Participants under 18 need parental consent to participate in this program.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made fewer than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the camp week will incur $50 cancellation fee. The 4-H participation fee is nonrefundable if the camp registration is cancelled.    


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