Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.

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    • May 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • May 10, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Northern Tier, 14790 Moose Lake Rd, Ely, MN 55731
    Registration is closed

    A reminder: We recommend not making non-refundable plans should we have to cancel the event.

    To participate in this event, you must register in advance and agree to follow event requirements (including COVID-19 safety guidelines). 

    Alumni may only visit if they are registered to participate in this event (as invited guests).

    The upcoming Red Renner Memorial Work Week is from Thursday, May 6th, to Monday, May 10th. 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 Sunday, May 2, 2021. Contact us if you have questions. 

    In true work week style, you will help with some of the following projects. This year will be different, as seasonal staff will not be here yet.
    • Commissary deck staining 
    • Building a fence under the Baypost 
    • Remodeling the staff lounge bathroom
    • Install a new door for the female locker room 
    • Install a new door to the back of the program center 
    • Install new kitchen doors 
    • Build a hand washing station for the program center

    Registration requirements:

    1. Be a member in good standing of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. Join online
    2. Arrange your participation in advance by registering for the event.
    3. 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.
    4. Agree to follow all COVID-19 safety requirements. 

    Please contact us if you have questions.

    • May 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us for a virtual reception during the Boy Scouts of America's National Annual Meeting Virtual Reception. The event will take place Wednesday, May 26th at 7pm (central).

    We'll update you on what each high adventure base is doing to prepare for summer 2021!

    The event is hosted by the Boy Scouts of America's high adventure alumni associations:

    • Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.
    • Philmont Staff Association
    • Sea Base Alumni & Friends
    • Summit Bechtel Reserve Staff Association

    Register for the reception!

    • August 20, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • August 22, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier

    Registration will open later in 2021. We recommend not making firm plans until we are able to open registration.

    Contact us if you have questions.

    We invite you and your family to the Northern Tier/Sommers Reunion from Friday, August 20th to Sunday, August 22nd!

    Reconnect with old friends and fellow alumni. Celebrate our mission of supporting the Northern Tier National High Adventure program.

    We’re excited to rendezvous during Northern Tier’s 99th season, as we kickoff the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the program. Let’s get together to plan and support the next adventure!


    Friday will begin with an opening dinner at the Sandy Bridges Program Center followed by an evening of campfires and board games. 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 Ely attraction and activities (included). We will gather on Saturday night for our biennial banquet. The banquet will include a dinner, keynote speaker, and auction.

    Registering guests and family

    Bringing family members? After filling out the primary registration form click the "Add guest" button at the bottom of the page to add additional registrants. (All family members must be registered to attend.)

    Your reunion registration includes

    • Lodging at Northern Tier on Friday and Saturday night
    • Meals Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast
    • Reunion t-shirt 
    • Saturday picnic at Whiteside Park with activities in Ely
    • Banquet dinner on Saturday at the Amici's Event Center (catered by Insula Restaurant)

    * Reunion t-shirt and banquet may not be available to "walk-ins" (those who do not register in advance).

    Frequently asked questions

    Can I bring my children?

    Absolutely! There will be plenty of activities at Northern Tier and in town for the family. Families are assigned their own cabin.

    What are the lodging options?

    Attendees of the reunion stay in a crew or staff cabin. One family/couple per cabin or 4 individuals of the same gender. There are two steps to enter the cabin. There are electrical lights and an outlet that can handle basic electronics.

    For those who want to stay in a hotel or full-service cabin, the Ely Chamber of Commerce lists options available at

    Do we need to bring bedding or a towel?

    You need to bring your own bedding and towel. For bedding, you need to bring your own linen (sheets, blanket, pillow) for a twin bed or a sleeping bag.

    What are the bathroom facilities like?

    Shower and bathroom facilities are near the cabins. The shower and bathroom facilities are private suite style. There are several accessible units. Bring a swimsuit if you plan to use the sauna.

    I have a mobility impairment. How can I get around?

    Those with mobility issues can use their vehicle to get to and from locations. For others, we do not allow it because of the safety hazard of vehicle traffic.

    Where will we be eating?

    Meals at Northern Tier will be in the “Sandy Bridges Program Center”. The center serves as the hub with a dining hall, conference rooms, and a trading post. The deck has a great view of Moose Lake. There is an elevator to the second floor.

    Can I bring my pet?

    Pets are not allowed. Service animals are allowed. We recommend making lodging arrangements at a neighboring property. The Ely Chamber of Commerce has a site that lists many lodging options at

    Registration policies

    • Registration Policy: Primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, please join before completing your reunion registration. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered. Members should register participating family members and significant others as guests.
    • Payment Policy: Payment must be received by July 22, 2021. Unpaid registrations after this date will be cancelled.
    • Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before July 1st, 2021 will receive a full refund. Cancellation requests between July 1st, 2021 and July 21, 2021 will receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 22, 2021 are not refundable.
    • * An important note about walk-ins: Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Walk-in registration will be available during check-in on Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Sandy Bridges Program Center. Walk-ins will not receive a t-shirt and may not be able to attend the banquet on Saturday. Limited space for walk-ins at the banquet will be given on a first-come basis. 

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