MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Programs

Providing a safe place for social, emotional, and physical growth is paramount for all of our programming. We are happy to be able to host the stewards and stewards-in-training teen leadership program in conjunction with summer camp 2022. 

MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards program (1)

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

Important dates for stewards and stewards-in-training in 2022:

Mid-December          Registration opens
Early May                   Steward Interviews (dates TBD)
June 24 - 25, 2022    9 am Friday - 2 pm Saturday Mandatory Overnight Orientation and Summer Camp Training
June 27, 2022            First day of camp season
July 28, 2022             4:30 - 9 pm Midsummer Celebration and Leadership Training
August 26, 2022        4:30 - 9 pm Camp Closing and Celebration

Coming this fall! MSU Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute 

SSLI is an extended environmental leadership program which focuses on building up young leaders interested in making a difference in the world around them as they explore principles of sustainability. Through youth voice and choice, teen stewards meet throughout the school year as they help mentor peers through this advanced youth leadership summit. Incorporating a mentorship model, a multi-day outdoor wilderness team-building adventure, leadership roles at the steward leadership trainings and at camp, a completion certificate, and a capstone sustainability action project, this action-packed program focuses on educating for sustainability. For those interested in learning more or applying for this fun and exciting leadership experience, email

For questions regarding the MSU Tollgate Farm Stewards Teen Leadership Program or the Stewards Sustainability Leadership Institute, please contact Tollgate at 248-701-9956. Ellen Koehler, Tollgate Farm Education Coordinator and Stewards Program Coordinator,  at

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