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2022 MSU Tollgate Farm 4-H Stewards Teen Leadership Program

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 youth in the outdoors in agriculture and natural sciences.

A steward is a person whose responsibility it is to take care of something. This experience offers teens a chance for teens 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. Stewards and stewards-in-training develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the farm and our educational camp program as they develop skills which will strengthen their academic and work careers. 

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 and assist educational leaders during activities. 
Stewards-in-training pay $180 per week for an in-person steward-in-training camp week. 

The Steward program is for teens 15-19 years of age who serve as volunteer assistants to the educational leaders and role models for both SITs and campers. Stewards are asked to commit to two full weeks of camp. First year stewards are asked to submit a resume and complete a 20-minute interview.

Important Dates for Stewards and SITs :

May 10 and 12 - New steward interviews
June 24 - 25 - 9:30 a.m. Friday - 2 p.m. Saturday - Mandatory Stewards and Stewards-in-Training Overnight Orientation and Training
Thursday, August 4, 4:30 - 9 p.m. – Stewards and Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Celebration and Leadership Training
Friday, August 26: 4:30 - 9 p.m. – Camp Closing and Celebration

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.  

Step 1: Go to 4-H Online to enroll/re-enroll as Oakland County 4-H members.
If you have questions about 4-H enrollment or re-enrollment, contact Kelly Morris at 248-858-0889.

Step 2: After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, register/apply using this form.

Step 3: For SITs, make payment through this Tollgate SIT registration.

For questions regarding stewards or stewards-in-training program or registration, please contact Tollgate Farm Stewards Program Coordinator Ellen Koehler at
 or call 248-701-9956. If no spaces remain for a desired week, email to be added to the waitlist. 

Registration for Tollgate Stewards Volunteer Program is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 26, 2022.

Stewards In-Training

Registration for Tollgate Stewards In-Training Program is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 26, 2022.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, please call 248-701-9956 or email