CANCELED: 2020 MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Program

June 22, 2020 - August 21, 2020

Contact: Ellen Koehler



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The Tollgate Camp Teen Steward (15-19 yrs) and Tollgate Steward-in-Training (13-14 yrs) positions are for teens interested
in gaining experience working with campers in agriculture and natural sciences.

What is a Steward? A steward is a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. 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 13-14 years of age and must have the ability to commit to one full week of camp and no more than 4 weeks. 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 $165 per week plus a once annual $20 4-H membership fee.

The Steward program is for teens 15-19 years of age to be 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.

New this year! MSU Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute.

Held June 15-21, 2020, SSLI is a six-day training and youth development summit incorporating a mentorship model, a multi-day outdoor wilderness teambuilding adventure, a leadership role at stewards trainings and camp, and a capstone sustainability action project, all with a focus on educating for sustainability.
For those interested in learning more or applying for this fun and exciting leadership experience, click HERE.

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development
4-H enrollment at 4-H Online is required for your child to attend MSU Tollgate Farm Camp.


MSU Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H.

Enrollment at 4-H Online is required for your child to attend MSU Tollgate Farm Camp. The required one-time membership fee of $20 is your camper's
4-H membership fee for the remainder of the 4-H year ending Aug. 31, 2020. 

Step 1: Go to 4-H Online to enroll/re-enroll your child(ren) as Oakland County 4-H members.
See Tollgate registration page for complete instructions.

Step 2: After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, register for Tollgate Farm camp (See bottom of this page)
Multi-child family discount available. Please choose 'Register a group' when enrolling more than one family member for camp.

Step 3: Pay both camp registration and 4-H participation fee during camp registration process. 

4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program, helping youth in their growth and development and compliments experiences received at home, school and other organizations. 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

For questions regarding 4-H Online registration, please contact Oakland County 4-H at or 248-858-0889.
For questions regarding camp registration, please contact Tollgate at 248-347-0269, ext. 220 or 228  
to reach Tollgate Farm Day Camp Coordinator, Sara Mund or


If the week you want is full,
please email to be added to the wait list. 

Cancellation Policy: SIT cancellations between June 15th and 2 weeks prior to the first day of the camp week will incur a cancellation fee of $50. 
No refunds less than 2 weeks prior to first day of camp.  


Event Location

28115 Meadowbrook Road Novi, MI 48377

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