Youth Development Classes & Activities
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Youth Development Classes & Activities

Youths enjoying 4-H Green Science Adventure Camp

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CWF has been a part of the Michigan 4-H leadership and civic engagement programming for almost 50 years.  CWF is a learning lab about our national government in Washington, D.C. for young people between the ages of 14 and 19.  Held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland (one mile outside of Washington, D.C.) these week-long sessions run with the help of college-aged program assistants.  Program assistants go through intensive training about the national government and the Washington, D.C. sites.  At the end of training they actually become licensed tour guide for the D.C. area.  They work with each of the delegation coordinators to provide the most meaningful experience for CWF delegates.  For more information, contact Deb Morgan at 248-858-0894.
June - August 2015: Summer Camp at Tollgate Education Center
Throughout the summer multiple camps and themes are offered at Tollgate Education Center in Novi.  Activities such as harvesting fruits and vegetables, preparing healthy snacks, caring for farm animals, exploring the acres of woodland, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, challenge course activities, building, and more are offered at various times during camp.  The camp registration fee is $280.00 for a week-long camp.  Discounts are offered to those who register with siblings and/or for multiple weeks of camp.  Aftercare is offered until 6:00 pm.  For more information and to register for camp, visit the Tollgate Education Center web site or contact
June 1 - September 1, 2015:  Book Your Organization’s Summer Outreach Program Today!
Every year Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers special introductory educational programs to bring a sense of adventure and fun to help enrich summer youth activities.  Three new summer outreach programs will be offered for area libraries, community centers, and youth groups to book. Sessions are available Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 1st through September 1st. Programs to choose from:
Super Hero Science (ages 5-11)
Super Animal Adaptation (ages 5-11)
Animation Unmasked (ages 12-19)
Programs are interactive and include hands-on activities.  See brochure for costs and details.  To book your session, contact Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889. For questions about program content, contact Mary Blumka at 248-858-0890.
June 9 and 17, 2015:  4-H Advanced Leadership Training

Save these dates for our next two-part series of volunteer training: June 9, 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. and June 17, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. both at the Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford.   RSVP IS REQUIRED TO: Margi Stockert at or call (248) 858-0889.

The Oakland County 4-H volunteer training provides essential information to help volunteers successfully work with young people using the 4-H method and philosophy.  Adult volunteers attending these trainings will build leadership skills,learn how to facilitate positive learning experiences for youth and discover the endless opportunities in 4-H!

Topics include: Positive Youth Development, Experiential Learning and Club Structure,Management and Development. These interactive sessions will help you become a super 4-H club leader or volunteer!

June 21-25, 2015:  4-H Horse Camp
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills ... be better prepared for horse shows ... meet other horse kids ... and have fun?  If your answer is yes, youl should attend the Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp, a four-day instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to 4-H youth ages 9-19.  Campers and their horses attend three classes a day with instruction by local horse professionals.  

UPDATE:  The registration deadline of May 15th is fast approaching.  Space is limited and to guarantee a 25 year anniversary t-shirt, your registration should be received by the deadline.  Please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-858-0894 if you have any questions.

June 24-26, 2015:  4-H Exploration Days
Every year, approximately 2,500 youth and chaperones from nearly every Michigan county come stay at MSU for 4-H Exploration Days. This fun and interactive MSU pre-college program's registration has passed for 2015.  Be sure to mark your calendar for next year! View video

UPDATE:  For youth attending 4-H Exploration Days don’t forget to mark your calendar for one of these important MANDATORY orientation dates:
We will be discussing checklists of what to bring, check-in procedures, rooming situations, dorm operating policies, introducing CCA’s and chaperones, and biking to MSU.  Contact 4-H staff at 248-858-0889 for more information or if you have questions about 4-H Exploration Days. 

July 17-19, 2015:  4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688
4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship. 
July 27-31, 2015: 4-H Eco-Challenge 2015

4-H Eco-Challenge is a mixture of outdoor education and hands-on science. Participants will engage in science experiments, nature hikes, engineering, and presentations from professionals. The event will take place on July 27–31 and activities include:

  • using Lego robots (EV3)
  • using underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV)
  • engineering and nature
  • pond dipping and discovery
  • prairie hikes
  • EDC microlab and more

Youth interested in hands-on interactive and experiential learning activities,engineering, science, discovery, biology, nature and FUN should all attend!

It will take place at Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center on White Lake Road, 5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386. It will be from 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.for ages 12–18.

Early registrationis May 1– July 4 and will cost $100. Normal registration is July 5 - 18 and will cost $120, Onsite registration $140.. Registration includes a t-shirt, lab fees and material fees. Registration does not include the following:  $10 4-H member registration (If not a 4-H member in 2014), lunch, $7 daily park entry pass for Indian Springs Metropark.   A $30 annual pass can be purchased that is valid at all Huron-Clinton Metroparks.  Cancellations received after July 11 will incur a $20 cancellation fee.

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For more information, contact Jason M. Scott at 248-858-0892.

August 15-16, 2015:  4-H Family Fun Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H! 

August 19-21, 2015:  Cloverbud Camp
Now offering a camp experience specifically designed for your 5-8 year olds.  Oakland County 4-H Cloverbud Camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts and active play throughout the day.  This camp will be held at Lookout Lodge (Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. 

Our camp provides a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.  Fun activities include: trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities, and more!   A snack and t-shirt are provided. 

Please pack a sack lunch! (No peanuts please!)

Check-in is  9:00 to 9:30 am and check-out is 2:30-3:00 pm.

Daily themes:

  • Wednesday, August 19 - Mad Scientist
  • Thursday, August 20 -  Make It Count
  • Friday, August 21 - Barnyard Bonanza

Price: $35/Day

Register now; space in this camp is limited to maintain low staff- to-camper ratios.  Your spot cannot be held for more than 10 days without payment.  Once payment is received there are no refunds.  Registration for this camp closes August 5th.

Contact person:  Mary Blumka, 248-858-0890.

 Ongoing Classes & Activities
The Tollgate Farm Center offers year-round educational field trips for school or youth groups.  Hands-on, interactive and engaging lessons are intertwined with real-life applications.  They create experiences that complement school curriculum and customize programs to be relevant and enriching.

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