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

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 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. 

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 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 annual $20 4-H membership fee.

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

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

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.

Step 1: Go to 4-H Online to register your child(ren) as Oakland County 4-H members.
See pdf with instructions on the 4-H Online home page.
When asked for your 4-H county, please enter 'Oakland'. 

Step 2:
After completing 4-H enrollment at 4-H Online, 
return to this page and scroll all the way down to register for Tollgate Farm camp.

Step 3:
Register for your child's camp weeks and pay the camp registration and 4-H participation fee.
By checking 'no' to the question 'Have the 4-H par fees been paid?',
your 4-H participation fee will be added to your Tollgate Farm Camp registration fee. 

Only check 'yes' if your camper has already enrolled and paid your 4-H participation fee
for the current program year (9/1/2018 - 8/31/2019).

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 camp registration, please contact Tollgate at 248-347-0269, ext. 227 or koehle43@msu.edu.

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 a.m. - Saturday, June 22nd 2 p.m.. 

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 a.m. Friday - 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon

Tuesday, July 9: 4 - 5:30 p.m. Life Skills Workshop with 4-H Educator Laurie Rivetto
Tuesday, July 23: 4 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards / Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Training & Celebration
Thursday, August 15: 4 - 5:30 p.m. Life Skills Workshop with Laurie Rivetto

Friday, August 23: 4:30 - 9 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.

Cancellation Policy: 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.  

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


Registration for Tollgate Stewards Volunteer Program is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 16, 2019.

Stewards In-Training

Registration for Tollgate Stewards In-Training Program is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on August 16, 2019.


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 248-347-0269 ext. 227 or email koehle43@msu.edu.