MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Programs

COVID-19 Update: MSU Tollgate Farm remains focused on the health and well-being of its participants, volunteers and employees and has made the decision to cancel or postpone all youth activities until further notice. Providing a safe place for social, emotional, and physical growth is paramount for all our programming. We hope to have stewards and stewards-in-training join us on the farm for summer camp 2021. In person program will be determined by the University and public health guidelines, and registration currently holds a space in the program. Please join us for a virtual winter series for connection and leadership training below.  

Registration is LIVE for Summer Stewards and Stewards-in-Training! See below. Also, registration is coming soon for a virtual Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Winter Series. Teens interested in being on the leadership steering committee to help plan that series, please email koehle43@msu.eduThank you to the 56 youth who joined us for the Tollgate Farm Stewards Virtual Summer Series 2020!

MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards program (1)

What is a steward? A steward is someone whose responsibility it is to take care of something. Stewards have a chance to enrich, mentor, and lead while gaining valuable leadership and life skills. At Tollgate Farm Camp, stewards (ages 15-19) and stewards-in-training (ages 13-14) serve in leadership as they mentor peers and campers throughout the camp day. 

MSU Tollgate Farm is offering a virtual winter series for past, present, and future stewards and stewards-in-training. This is a safe place to connect or reunite as a community and to explore resiliency and growth as youth leaders during this time. Led by youth and moderated by staff, virtual sessions include ice-breaker or team-building activity and guest presenters. Once registered, watch your email for a zoom invitation. Monthly Thursdays, 4 - 5 p.m. EST, February - May, 2021. Registration coming soon. Registrants are asked to fill out this media release and email it to koehle43@msu.edu. Participants under 18 need parental consent to participate in this program.

 

Register HERE for Summer Stewards Teen Leadership Program!

What is a Steward? A steward is a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. This experience offers teens 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 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 the farm setting. 

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 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 $180 per week for in-person SIT camp week. 

The Steward program is for teens 15-19 years of age as volunteer 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 year stewards are asked to submit a resume and complete a 20-minute virtual interview.

Currently, filling out the registration will hold your space in the program. SIT fee will be collected as the season comes closer and determination regarding in-person programming is finalized.  

New this year! MSU Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute 

Scheduled for June 14-19, 2021, SSLI is a six-day training and advanced youth leadership summit incorporating a mentorship model, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team building adventure, a leadership role at stewards trainings and camp, a completion certificate, 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.

Important Dates for Stewards, SITs, and SSLI Stewards 

May 17 Final day for application submissions
New Steward Interviews
Tuesday, May 18: 3 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 20: 3 - 8 p.m.

Monday - Saturday, June 14-19 (SSLI Stewards)
Friday -Saturday, June 18-19 - Stewards and Stewards-in-Training mandatory overnight training (all SITs and Stewards)
Thursday, July 22 – Stewards and Stewards-in-Training Midsummer training and cookout
Friday, August 27: 4:30 -8:30 p.m. – Camp Closing Celebration

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps are a program of Michigan 4-H Youth Development4-H enrollment at 4-H Online is required for your child to attend MSU Tollgate Farm Camp.

HOW TO REGISTER

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

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)

Step 3: For Stewards-in-Training, an invoice for SIT registration fee per week will be sent in 2021. 

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 morga194@msu.edu.

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 programs and registration, please contact Tollgate at 248-701-9956.
Tollgate Farm Education Coordinator and Stewards Program Coordinator, Ellen Koehler at koehle43@msu.edu

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