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MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Programs


IMG_7727The Tollgate Farm Camp Steward and Steward-in-Training roles are for those 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. All benefit from serving as positive mentors to young campers in the outdoor farm setting.

The Stewards-in-Training (SIT) program is the start of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program. 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 are assistants to the educational leaders and role models for both SITs and campers. Stewards develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the farm and our educational camp program. Through this 4-H program, Stewards develop skills which can be called upon as they move forward through their academic and work careers.

Stewards-in-Training are 13-14 years old and pay $ 165 per week and serve between 1-4 full weeks at camp. Stewards are 15-19 years old and volunteer at minimum of 2 weeks of camp per summer. 
Both pay a once per program year $20 4-H enrollment fee. 
Both serve as role models for younger campers and have tiered levels of responsibility as teen leaders.

Important Dates for Stewards and Stewards-in-Training

Monday, May 4 – Deadline to apply for SIT and Stewards positions
Thursday - Friday, May 7 - 8 – Steward Interviews, 3 - 8 pm*
Friday - Saturday, June 19 - 20:
Stewards and Stewards-in-Training mandatory overnight training 9 a.m. Friday - 2 p.m. Saturday
Thursday, July 23: 4 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards / Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Training & Celebration

Friday, August 21: 4:30 - 8 :30 p.m. Stewards & Stewards-in-Training Camp Closing Celebration


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

*First and second year stewards are asked to submit a resume and complete a 20 minute interview.

If the SIT or Steward week you want is full,
please email tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu to be added to the waitlist. 


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.  

 HOW TO REGISTER


MSU Extension Tollgate Teen Stewards Programs are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development
4-H enrollment at 4-H Online is required for your child to participate in
MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Programs.


Step 1: Go to 4-H Online to enroll/re-enroll as Oakland County 4-H members.
See the registration page for complete 4-H enrollment instructions.

Step 2:

After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, register for Tollgate Stewards or Stewards-in-Training here.  Tollgate Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute registration is here. 

You will pay for registration and your $20 4-H enrollment fee together.

For questions regarding 4-H Online registration, please contact Oakland County 4-H at 4Hoakland@anr.msu.edu or 248-858-0889.


For questions regarding stewards, stewards-in-training, or the Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute registration, please contact Ellen at Tollgate at 248-347-0269, ext. 227 or koehle43@msu.edu.

New This Year! Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute

So, what is this sustainability thing really all about? How do you as a young leader create positive sustainability outcomes? What does it mean to be a good steward at home, at school, at the farm? How are environmental stewardship models and sustainable models of food production a part of Tollgate Farm camp life?  

Learning about sustainability means “creating, integrating, and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions” (Teton Science Schools). Join us this summer for a week-long leadership institute from June 15th to the 20th, 2020 to explore answers to these questions and expand your ability to make a positive difference in the world around you. This fun and challenging leadership summit is for teens ages 15-19 who love adventure. The experience incorporates a mentorship model, a leadership role at stewards trainings and at camp, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team-building experience, and a capstone action project during summer camp.  

Tollgate welcomes all and strives to provide opportunities for youth and adults of all income levels to experience farm-based experiential learning. The goal of the financial aid committee is to provide youth and adults with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences. Assistance is determined based on need and SSLI applicants can learn more or apply HERE.

For questions about SSLI, contact Ellen Koehler at koehle43@msu.edu.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR SSLI PARTICIPANTS

Monday, May 4: Deadline to apply for SSLI positions
Date to be determined: SSLI Interviews
Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19: SSLI Training (including multi-day overnight adventure trip June 16-18)
Friday - Saturday, June 19 - 20: Stewards and Stewards-in-Training mandatory overnight training 9 a.m. Friday - 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon
Thursday, July 23: 4 - 8:30 p.m. SSLI/Stewards/Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Training & Celebration
Friday, August 21: 4:30 - 8 :30 p.m. SSLI, Stewards, & Stewards-in-Training Camp Closing Celebration

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

If registration is full,
please email koehle43@msu.edu
to be added to the wait list.

Cancellation Policy: SSLI cancellations between May 15th and 2 weeks prior to the first day of the camp week will incur a cancellation fee of $100. 
No refunds less than 2 weeks prior to first day of camp. 

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, 2020. 

4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program, which helps youth, ages 5 - 19, in their growth and development and complements 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 morga194@anr.msu.edu.

For more information about this program, contact us at tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu or call 248-347-0269 ext 227. 

 

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