CHARLES L. SOMMERS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.

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The purpose of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA) is to provide a continuing interest in and support for the mission and programs of the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program. Membership to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. is open to:

  • Current & former Northern Tier National High Adventure staff and committee members. These members are known as the "Active" membership type.
  • Former adult crew advisors and any adult who wishes to maintain a significant interest in the mission of Northern Tier National High Adventure Program. These members are known as the "Affiliate" membership type.

What are the benefits of being a member?

  • Volunteer opportunities at Northern Tier, including the annual Alumni Work Week.
  • Receive the Reflections newsletter.
  • Biennial “Rendezvous” reunions at Northern Tier’s Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base.
  • Equipment rental from Northern Tier (subject to availability, crews are given priority).

How do I become a member?

What are the different membership options?

There is both a Membership Level (e.g., Life, Annual) and Membership Type. The Membership Types are Active and Affiliate. Active is for those eligible, including those who have served on staff at Northern Tier (further eligibility details are listed below). Affiliate is for any adult who wishes to maintain a significant interest in the mission and success of Northern Tier.

Membership Levels

  • Annual membership dues are $10 for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31).
  • Sustaining membership dues are $25 for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31). Active and Affiliate members who wish to be recognized as sustaining members.
  • Life membership dues are $150. Active and Affiliate members have no further liability for the payment of dues.
  • Current Staff membership dues are $5. Persons currently serving on the Northern Tier National High Adventure Staff may become members, which covers through the calendar year following the year in which they are no longer a staff member.
  • Current Staff - Life membership dues are $100. Current staff members may obtain life membership during the calendar year following the year in which they are no longer a staff member. After the first calendar year no longer on staff, the discounted Life membership is no longer available.

Membership Type

  • Active Members: Active membership in the corporation is open to: (1) All persons who have served on the seasonal or permanent staff of any Northern Tier National High Adventure program, including the Charles L. Sommers National High Adventure Base (Ely, Minnesota), Donald Rogert Canoe Base (Atikokan, Ontario), Northern Expeditions (Bissett, Manitoba), Northern Wisconsin National Canoe Base, and Maine National High Adventure Base; (2) and all current and former members of the Northern Tier High Adventure Committee. Active members shall be entitled to vote and to hold office.

    Active members must pay all dues established by the Board of Directors. Active members shall be entitled to vote and to hold office.
  • Affiliate Members: Affiliate membership in the corporation is open to all former adult crew advisors from any Northern Tier National High Adventure Program, and any adult (18 years of age or older) who wishes to maintain a significant interest in the mission and success of the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program.

    Upon paying all dues established by the Board of Directors, affiliate members are granted all rights of members except the right to vote or to hold office.


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