Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.

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  • May 02, 2018 7:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAA members have the opportunity to volunteer as interpreters (non-paid) for crews arriving at the start of the season in June.

    Volunteers should understand Northern Tier policies for staff and participants. Plan on arriving the day before your crew will. This will allow you to complete training. This includes training on current policies, practices, equipment, and facilities.

    Volunteer requirements include:

    • Registered with the Boy Scouts of America. If not registered, you can register with the BSA through Northern Tier.
    • Completed a BSA swim test before arriving.
    • Completed Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification.
    • Completed online courses: Youth Protection, Safety Afloat, Safe Swim Defense, and Weather Hazards.
    • Completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (within 12 months) by a healthcare provider.
    Those interested in volunteering should contact Leslie at 218-365-4811 for more details.

  • April 26, 2018 11:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recruit Trail Staff for this Summer!

    Your staff referrals can learn more and apply at

    You earn a $50 gift card to the Northern Tier High Adventure Trading Post for a referred new staff member who completes training. Earn $20 for each additional, up to $150. Valid through May 5th.

    In the “Referred By” field of the application, ask applicants to include your name and phone number or email.

  • February 19, 2018 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reflections Newsletter Silver Anniversary Edition: Celebrating 25 years of service to Northern Tier

    This special extended edition highlights the 25-year journey the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. and its members have taken on its mission to support Northern Tier National High Adventure.

    Read the Reflections newsletter now »

    In this issue:

    • The SAA seeds are planted
    • From the President's canoe
    • 2018 Board of Directors
    • Canoecopia and work week… the traditions continue
    • Regional reunions
    • Jamboree reunion
    • The Lodge
    • Scholarship recipients
    • New endowed scholarship established
    • Apparel embroidered with the SAA logo available online
    • Staff photo contest results
    • Staff support
    • Reflecting on the past and the future
  • December 17, 2017 9:38 PM | Karl Huemiller (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Angela Miller, Karl Huemiller, Brian Lux, and Don Lee on their election to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three year term from 2018 - 2020. 

  • August 15, 2017 8:32 PM | Karl Huemiller (Administrator)

    (Please note the deadline has since past.)

    The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.'s Nomination Committee appointed by the Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals to be included on the ballot for election to the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2018 to 2020):

    Angela Miller, lives in Fayetteville, AR. Worked from 2006 to 2010 as an Interpreter (summer and winter), Chief Interpreter and Canadian Programs Director. She currently own and operate my own photography business specializing in families and weddings.

    Karl Huemiller, lives in Minneapolis, MN. Worked from 2004 to 2008 as an Interpreter (summer and winter). Karl currently works for Three Rivers Park District.

    Brian Lux, lives in Oklahoma City, OK. Worked as an OA Foreman in 2001.

    Don Lee, lives in Linoir City, TN. Don Lee worked from 2008 - 2011 as chief outfitter. 

    Membership may nominate Active Members to include on the ballot for the election to the Board of Directors. Send the nominee name along with a biographical resume and 10 supporting signatures from Active Members by September 15th to (deadline has past).

    Additional Nominations. After publication to the active membership of the Nominating Committee’s recommendations, the membership may have thirty days to submit additional nominations for inclusion on the ballot provided that these nominations are: (1) made in writing, (2) accompanied by a biographical resume, and (3) are supported by signatures of at least 10 active members of the Association. The thirty days to submit additional nominations must conclude by September 15. Additional nominations must be received by the President. Any additional nominee meeting the requirements of this section will be included on the ballot with those nominated by the Nominating Committee.

  • March 08, 2017 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The spring edition of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association's Reflections newsletter is here!

    Read the Reflection newsletter now »

    In this issue:

    • Interpreter receives Navy heroism award
    • From the President’s canoe
    • 2017 Officers and Board of Directors
    • Work week: May 26 - June 9, 2017
    • Jack and Mary Osborn endowed scholarship
    • “The Root Beer Lady, the musical”
    • Crossing Portages

  • March 03, 2017 8:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Alumni Work Week is 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. Volunteers must be members of the alumni association and approved by the volunteer coordinator before arrival.

    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.

  • March 03, 2017 8:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Canoecopia is the world's largest paddle sports exposition, and the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA) will once again be staffing the Northern Tier booth! 

    Please consider helping us out by volunteering to work for a few hours during the weekend event March 10-12, 2017 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin. Volunteers must be members of the alumni association. 

    There will also be a dinner on Saturday, March 11th in Madison, Wisconsin for alumni of Northern Tier. Local alumni of Philmont Scout Ranch and Florida Sea Base are also welcome. 


    Exposition hours are: 4-9 pm on Friday, March 10th, 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, March 11, and 10 am to 5 pm March 12th. We'll schedule at least two volunteers at the booth at all times. Volunteers will be provided “talking points” for prospective participants. 

    You'll also have plenty of opportunity to attend numerous educational seminars as well as see the latest canoeing and camping gear from over 200 vendors.

  • December 29, 2016 1:18 PM | Chuck Rose

    Congratulations to Blake Edwards, Cory Kolodji, Eric Peterson, and Don Richard on their election to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

  • July 27, 2016 10:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Register now! Registration closes after Monday, August 1st for both the Reunion Rendezvous and Banquet.  Due to catering requirements, only a limited number of walk-in seats will be available. 

    We’re excited to see you “Up North” again at the Chalres L. Sommers Alumni Association’s Reunion “Rendezvous” this August at Northern Tier’s Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base!

    This year brings new and exciting changes for the Rendezvous and Charles L. Sommers! The Biennial Banquet is being moved to Amici's Event Center and will feature food from Ely’s Insula Restaurant.

    Further, you’ll want to come back to The Lodge as it reaches its final capstone. After many years of members volunteering their time to renovate the building, the hope is the installation of comprehensive interpretive exhibits will be complete by the reunion.

    Register online at The deadline to register is Monday, August 1st.


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