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Upcoming events

    • May 12, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • May 22, 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Northern Tier, 14790 Moose Lake Rd, Ely, MN 55731

    The upcoming Red Renner Memorial Work Week is from Saturday, May 13th to Sunday, May 21st.

    Volunteer activities will focus on the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21. We ask that you volunteer for at least one of the weekends. You may extend your volunteer time into the week in-between.

    Arrivals begin on Friday, May 12th (after 3 pm), with departure by the morning of Monday, May 22nd. You may arrive between 9 am to 5 pm each day. If arriving late, make advance arrangements or lodge elsewhere for the night.

    It is your chance to support the Northern Tier program. You'll enjoy camaraderie with your fellow alumni while giving back. Bring your skills and enthusiasm; we will provide on-the-job training and tools. You can stay for the whole time, or just a day. Cabin lodging and meals will be available at no cost.

    Advance registration is required, with registration closing on Tuesday, May 10thWhen registering, use the email address associated with your membership or login. (Join on our website before registering.)

    Please contact us if you have questions. (Northern Tier should not be contacted, as it is not the organizer of this event.)

    Volunteer Requirements

    • Be a member in good standing of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. Join online.
    • Arrange your participation in advance by registering for the event.
    • To attend you must complete “Youth Protection Training” before arriving.
    • You must also bring an “BSA Annual Health and Medical Record” form. A medical exam is required if staying more than 72 hours. See this post for details.
    • Agree to follow all COVID-19 safety requirements.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I come for just part of the work week?
    Yes. You can come for a few days or the entire week. We ask that you come for one of the weekends as this is when most work will be occurring. You can then extend your stay into the week in-between.

    Will there be social opportunities?
    There will be plenty of camaraderies as we work to get Northern Tier ready for the season! The primary focus and expectation are that we’ll be collaborating on work projects. If you are more interested in social activities, we recommend signing up for our future regional and national reunions!

    When is the last day to register?
    The last day to register is Tuesday, May 9th.

    Can I stop by to visit?
    Alumni may only visit if they are registered in advance to participate in this event. Due to health protocols, the property is not open to the public. 

    Can I bring my dog?
    Visitors are not allowed to bring pets (except service animals) to the property. There is no exception. We recommend you book lodging at a neighboring property. You can find a list of lodging options at

    Will we be helping with staff training?
    Seminar day will not be during the work week, so we will not be helping with staff training. Seminar day is on Saturday, June 3rd. Please contact us if you are interested in presenting at seminar day. 

    Can I lodge elsewhere and volunteer?
    Yes, you can stay in town and volunteer. When registering, we ask if you are staying at Northern Tier. You can find a list of lodging options at

    Do I need to be a member?
    Yes. As we are a member organization, you need to be a member before registering. Membership is open to former staff and those who support the mission of Northern Tier. You can join at

    Can I bring a guest?
    Immediate family members can volunteer. You can add them during registration by clicking the option to add a guest. If bringing a family member under 18, contact us to ensure we have appropriate volunteer activities planned.

    Do I need to know any specific skills?
    To volunteer, you do not need to know any specific skills! There are plenty of projects for everyone.

    Where will be lodging and eating?
    We will be lodging in bunkhouses (crew cabins). You will need to bring your bedding (sheets, blanket, or sleeping bag) and a towel. We will be eating meals in the dining hall.

    Can I go on a canoe trip?
    You can go on a short canoe trip during the day. You must follow specific rules when using a Northern Tier canoe or launching from the Northern Tier landing.

    If you are interested in an overnight trip, contact Northern Tier directly regarding rental options. You can learn about renting canoes from Northern Tier here.

    You are responsible for obtaining a permit. You may also go through a commercial outfitter. A list of outfitters is available at

    What are the COVID-19 requirements?
    We are committed to Northern Tier having a healthy and successful season! Please do not come if you have symptoms or someone in your household is sick. Northern Tier does require masks in common areas.

    Do I have to complete Youth Protection Training?
    Yes. You must complete and have unexpired Youth Protection Training regardless of how long you are volunteering.

    Do I need a medical exam and health form?
    If staying less than 72-hours, you only have to complete the health form (parts A and B) yourself. If staying longer, you need to have a medical exam (in the last 12 months) with part C completed by your medical provider.

    • August 24, 2023
    • August 27, 2023
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier
    • 169

    Join us for a reunion at Northern Tier High Adventure’s Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base near Ely, Minnesota from Thursday, August 24th to Sunday, August 27th. Together we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America’s oldest national high adventure program! 

    When registering, remember to register using the email address associated with your membership.

    Learn more about the reunion here! 

    Questions? Contact us!

    (We ask that you do not contact Northern Tier, as they are not organizing the event.)

    Registration Policies

    • Registration Policy: The primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing when registering and attending the event (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, you must join before registering. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered for the reunion in advance. 
    • Registration of guests is for family members, including significant other.
    • Payment Policy: Payment is due at the time of registration (major credit and debit cards accepted). Registration not paid within 15 minutes of sign-up will automatically be canceled.
    • Refund Policy: Registrations canceled on or before July 25th, 2023 receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 26th, 2023 are not refundable. Contact the SAA. Registration is specific to an individual and cannot transfer to another person.
    • There will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.
    • Registration closes after July 25th.

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