MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Program 2019

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2019 Registration Now Open!

The Tollgate Camp Teen Steward and Tollgate Stewards-in-Training 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. “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. 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. Stewards-in-Training are 13-14 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 $165 per week plus a once time 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. Through this 4-H 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. An annual $20 4-H membership fee is required.

Each week, a Lead Steward is chosen from applicants who has 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, 2019. 

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. 

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 21st, 9 am - Saturday, June 22nd 2 pm. 

Important Dates for Stewards and Stewards-in-Training

Monday, April 29 - Deadline to apply for SIT and Stewards positions
Thursday - Friday, May 2-3 – Steward Interviews
          Thursday, May 2: 3 - 8 p.m.
          Friday, May 3: 3 - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, June 21 - 22 - Stewards and Stewards-in-Training mandatory overnight training 9 am Friday - 2 pm Saturday afternoon
Tuesday, July 9: 4 - 5:30 p.m. - Life Skills Workshop with 4-H Educator Laurie Rivetto
Tuesday, July 23: 4:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Stewards / Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Training & Celebration
Thursday, August 15: 4 - 5:30 pm - Life Skills Workshop with Laurie Rivetto
Friday, August 23 4:30 - 9 p.m. - Stewards & Stewards-in-Training Camp Closing Celebration

Watch for info on 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 rivettol@anr.msu.edu.

Tollgate Steward-in-Training and Steward spaces are limited, so register early. Participants under 18 need parental consent to participate in this program.For more information about this program, contact us at tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu or call 248-347-0269 ext 227. 

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

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