The Tollgate Stewards and Stewards-in-Training Volunteer Program offers teens the opportunity to have practical experience exploring careers in education and agriculture. We provide a positive, open-minded, and educational environment where they can experience the responsibilities associated with potential careers paths before entering college. Campers benefit from this program as Stewards and Stewards-in-Training serve as positive mentors and role models in the outdoor agricultural setting.

The Stewards-in-Training (SIT) program is the start of the progressive Tollgate Teen Leadership Program. Stewards-in-Training are 12-14 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. The cost of $150.00 per SIT week which covers the cost of program supplies and materials.

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. They develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the farm and our educational camp program. Stewards are providing volunteer service which develops skills that can be called upon as they move forward through their academic and work careers. New stewards only are asked to complete a 20 minute interview. Please contact us at 248-347-0269 ext 227 or koehle43@anr.msu.edu to schedule your interview.

SITs and Stewards, come enjoy the camp experience as camp leaders and receive a camp T-shirt. A mandatory overnight orientation and training for Stewards and Stewards-in-Training will be held at Tollgate Friday morning June 23 through Saturday afternoon June 24. Celebrate with a teen Leadership capstone gathering at the Farm the evening of August 25.

For SITs and Stewards, a one-time 4-H participation fee of $10 enrolls the youth in 4-H with all the benefits that accompany 4-H membership. Payment for registration (SIT) and 4-H membership for (Stewards and SIT) will be done by credit card online. There are a limited number of spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis. SITs, if cancellation is needed, please do so a minimum of 2 weeks before the program to avoid a cancellation fee of $50.

MSU Extension Tollgate Farm Camps  and the Teen Stewards Program are programs of Michigan 4-H Youth Development.  Registration or application for Stewards or Steward-in-Training enrolls youth as 4-H members in Oakland County. 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. 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 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. The one-time participation fee of $ 10 enrolls the steward or SIT in 4-H for the entire 4-H year (September through August)!

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 23 - Saturday, June 24. 

Thursdey, May 4, 2017 – Deadline extended to apply for SIT and Stewards positions
Thursday - Saturday, May 4-6 – Steward Interviews
      Thursday, May 4:  4 - 8 p.m.
      Friday, May 5: 4 - 8 p.m.
      Saturday, May 6: 10 a.m. - noon 
Friday - Saturday, June 23 - 24 - Stewards and Stewards-in-Training mandatory overnight training
Thursday, July 20: 5 - 8:30 p.m. Stewards / Stewards-in-Training Midsummer Training & Cookout
Friday, August 25: 4:30 - 10 p.m. Stewards & Stewards-in-Training Camp Closing Celebration

Accommodations

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 tollgateprograms@anr.msu.edu.