Upcoming events

    • May 26, 2017
    • June 09, 2017
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier

    When: May 26 to June 9

    We can use help for a day or a week, so come as early and stay as late as you can!

    Who: SAA members (Join at

    Requirement: Prior to volunteering, you must be a member of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA).  Membership is open to all individuals 18 years of age and over (as a past staff member or affiliate) at the cost of $10. Complete an application online to join

    Act now: Click the "Register" button to express your interest in volunteering. 

    May 26th through June 9th, this is your chance for some sweat equity and camaraderie with your fellow alumni members and current staff, and also benefit Northern Tier programs and facilities. We can use help for a day or a week, so come as early and stay as late as you can! Meals and accommodations on the base will be provided at no cost. The work will involve a variety of projects on the Base, including some work on the Welcome Cabin and bunkhouses.

    You will have the added opportunity to participate in training week activities and Seminar Day. Seminar Day on June 9th is sponsored and staffed by fellow alumni to provide additional education for trail staff in outdoor and guiding skills. If you have an area of expertise you are willing to share, please contact us. A volunteer alumni dinner is also planned on June 8th.

    We hope to hear from you! For more information about participating contact Dick Shank at

    • August 24, 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • August 26, 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base, Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases

    Block your calendar and plan on bringing the family. The reunion date for 2018 is currently tentative, with the event to occur during one of the last two weekends in August.

    You are invited to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association's 2018 Reunion Rendezvous. Join us as we reconnect with old friends and celebrate our mission of supporting Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases. We encourage you to register in advance not only to save money but to allow us create the best reunion experience for you. 

    Friday will begin with an opening dinner at the Sandy Bridges Program Center followed by campfire. The following morning on Saturday will start with north-woods activities at Northern Tier. In the afternoon we will head to Ely for a cookout in Whiteside Park and activities including visits to the Dorothy Molter Museum, International Wolf Center, and tour of Boathouse Brewpub brewery. We will gather on Saturday night for our biennial banquet. The banquet will include a sit-down dinner, keynote speaker, and auction.

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