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    • March 13, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • March 15, 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Alliant Energy Center at 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI

    Canoecopia is the world’s largest paddle sports expo, and the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. will be staffing the Northern Tier booth! 

    Please consider volunteering for two hours at the Northern Tier booth during the weekend of March 13-15, 2020 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin.  You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to attend numerous educational seminars as well as see the latest canoeing and camping gear from hundreds of vendors.

    When: Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020. Volunteer shifts are listed below.
    Where: Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI).
    Who: Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA) members. You must be a member or join on our website prior to volunteering.

    Alumni Dinner on Saturday: If you are interested in attending the alumni dinner on Saturday, please RSVP separately here.

    Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:

    • Friday - 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    • Friday - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
    • Saturday - 9:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Saturday - 11:30 am to 2:00 pm
    • Saturday - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Saturday - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Sunday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Sunday - 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
    • Sunday - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    • March 14, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    Join us on Saturday, March 14th for an alumni dinner in Madison, Wisconsin. All alumni,  friends, and their families are welcome.  We also welcome alumni from Philmont, Florida Sea Base, Northern Wisconsin National Canoe Base, and Paul R. Christen (The Summit) to join us!

    Please note advance registration is required. We will be having dinner at Imperial Garden (2039 Allen Blvd, Middleton, WI). Our group has a reservation for seating at 7:00 pm sharp. Arrive prior to this time and meet in the lobby or bar area.

    For those who cannot make the dinner, join us afterwards at Garth's Brew Bar (1726 Monroe St, Madison, WI) around 9-9:30pm.

    This will be during the Canoecopia expo where our volunteers will be staffing the Northern Tier booth during the weekend. Canoecopia is the nation's largest paddle sport expo (SUP, kayaking, canoeing, etc.). There will be hundreds of outdoor vendors and speaker sessions occurring each hour. Learn more about Canoecopia by visiting

    • March 28, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Copper Kettle Brewing Company, 1338 S Valentia St, Denver, CO

    Join alumni and friends of Northern Tier National High Adventure, Philmont Scout Ranch, Sea Base, and The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve for a gathering at Copper Kettle Brewing Company on March 28th from 2 pm to 5 pm.

    It will be an afternoon of sharing stories and making new friends who love high adventure.

    We request you register, so we have an approximate count of attendees for our reservation.

    Register to attend!

    This event is hosted by the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc., The Philmont Staff Association Inc., Sea Base Alumni & Friends Association, Inc., and Summit Bechtel Reserve Staff Association.

    • May 25, 2020
    • June 07, 2020
    • Northern Tier, 14790 Moose Lake Rd, Ely, MN 55731

    Alumni Work Week: Join us to give back and have fun!

    This is your chance to support the Northern Tier programs. You'll earn a “sweat-equity” polo shirt and enjoy camaraderie with your fellow alumni while giving back. A win-win proposition!

    The upcoming “Work Week” is May 25th to June 7th. We can use help for a day or a week, so come as early and stay as late as you can! Bring your skills and enthusiasm; we will provide on-the-job training and tools. As a bonus, you can take part in training week activities as your interest and time permit.

    This year there are a few new changes in the requirements to volunteer. To attend you must complete “Youth Protection Training” before arriving. You must also bring an “Annual Health and Medical Record” form. An annual medical exam is required if staying more than 72 hours. See this post for details.

    The seminar day is on Thursday, June 4th. During the seminar day, members donate their time by presenting seminars to seasonal staff. It provides staff additional education in outdoor and guiding skills. Past seminars covered topics including route planning, storm-proofing, plant identification, geology, trail baking, fishing, birding, shore lunch skills, history, ecology, astronomy, and weather. Register if you have any expertise to share during this day.

    We hope to hear from you! 

    • Arrange your participation in advance by registering online.
    • To attend you must complete “Youth Protection Training” before arriving. You must also bring an “BSA Annual Health and Medical Record” form. A physical exam is required if staying more than 72 hours. See this post for details.
    • Be a member in good standing. Join online at

    Please contact us if you have questions.

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