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  • February 27, 2011 3:16 PM | Anonymous


    From the Northwoods

    Dear Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association Members:

    Northern Tier and the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA) are excited to be teaming up with the Philmont Staff Association (PSA) and the Sea Base and Friends Association (SBAFA) to promote the 25th Annual PSA Trek – the Silver Trek -- at Philmont Scout Ranch August 7th through 14th, 2011.

    This high adventure experience is a true benefit to the whole family. A real challenge in today’s society is passing the beauty of the outdoors to the next generation. We all, in some way, have benefited from our experiences at one of the BSA High Adventure Bases as a youth or in our adult lives.

    As the General Manager of Northern Tier, I cherish the days the crews arrive in anticipation of an experience that they have planned for 18 months. It is even more rewarding to watch these same crew members return from a 5 – 10 day experience in the wilderness. The expressions of confidence seen on the faces of young people right off the trail who are tired, dirty and longing for a shower and sauna portray the real benefit of a Trek.

    I personally recall these same experiences as I hiked the trails of Philmont on the 2009 PSA Trek with two of my four children. It is hard to say if the Trek was more beneficial to them or to me but we still talk today about the memories we share. Better yet, the interest the other crew members, adult and youth, took ensuring everyone had a great experience is what clings to my memories to this day. Two years later, that Rick, Jeff, Steve, Lee, Doug, Sharon, Alex, Glenn and Joe still ask about my children and what they are doing is amazing.

    Take the time now to bring your family on the 25th Annual PSA Trek in 2011. Go to the Alumni Association Website for details. Time doesn’t slow down and we all have the responsibility to engage youth and adults in enjoying and protecting the great outdoors. It also counts as a trail experience for the Triple Crown Award, a real bonus!

    Kevin Dowling
    General Manager
    Northern Tier Programs

  • December 11, 2010 10:44 PM | Anonymous


    Read Summer/Fall 2010 edition of the Reflections Newsletter online to learn all about what is going on.

    The Clifford J. Hanson Memorial Scholarship is announced.  See photos of the Rendezvous Reunion.  Did you know a Nuisance Bear was "Bagged" at the reunion?  Learn more about construction of the Sandy Bridges Program Center.  And much more!

  • December 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Anonymous
    The SAA announces this year's recipients of the Northern Tier Seasonal Staff Scholarship Program.  The program provides qualified individuals with post-secondary assistance of a total up to $3,000. Recipients must exhibit both academic competence and exemplary ongoing service to youth.

    The 2010 Northern Tier Seasonal Staff Scholarship Program recipients are:
    • Patricia Anklan (Christopher D. Breen Memorial Scholarship)
    • Drew Augustyn
    • Leo Brett
    • John Duke
    • Andy Folson
    • Matthew Hall (Terry J. Wall Charles Sommers Scholarship)
    • Nadia Hassler (Butch Diesslin Scholarship)
    • Matthew Kaney
    • Paul Landers
    • Seth Marple
    • Corynne McCathie
    • Jacob McIntosh (Erickson Memorial Scholarship)
    • Paul Narr (Dave Hyink Scholarship)
    • Bryan Patterson (Cliff Hanson Scholarship)
    • Christopher Rollins
    • Faye Tilley
    Congratulations to this year's recipients! Learn more about the scholarship program at: http://www.holry.org/scholarships.php
  • December 11, 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    2011 Alumni Wilderness Trek

    The Exchange Program: Participate in the Philmont Staff Association’s 25th Annual “Silver” Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch

     

    The Philmont Staff Association’s (PSA) 25th Annual Trek – the Silver Trek on August 7-14 – is your reason to go to Philmont in 2011!


     

    As part of the Exchange Program between the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA), Philmont Staff Association (PSA) and, Sea Base Alumni & Friends Association (SBAFA), members are heartily welcomed and encouraged to participate in PSA’s “Silver Trek” at Philmont Scout Ranch. You and your Trek-eligible family members will be received with warm hospitality, fully integrated into a crew, and have the time of your life.

     

    In celebration of the 25th Annual PSA Trek, you will earn a special Silver Trek award patch that will only be awarded to Trekkers.  These patches will not be available for purchase and is in addition to the Philmont Arrowhead award that you will earn. To make the Trek available to “vintage” Trekkers or others not up to a rigorous itinerary Philmont will allow Trekkers to design moderate itineraries which do not require hiking all the way to commissary camps for trail food – Philmont will deliver trail food to easily accessible staffed camps instead. “It’s too hard” will not be an acceptable excuse for non-participation!

     

    If you have Trek-eligible family members, their participation is welcomed. During the past two Treks there has been a marked increase in participation by Trek-eligible family members, especially youth, and we hope this will continue. Since youth tend to be elected as crew leaders, this is the perfect opportunity for your Trek-eligible youth to hone his/her leadership skills by taking charge of a group of adults.

     

    Preceding the Trek will be the PSA Annual Reunion August 5-7.  You are welcome to attend the Reunion at no additional cost.

     

    Start planning now to go to Philmont for the 25th Annual PSA Trek – the Silver Trek. There are only 72 slots available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!


    The basics

    You will report to the Philmont Welcome Center at 8 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, August, 7, and hit the trail on Monday, August 8. You will come off the trail on Saturday, August 13, and will leave Philmont after breakfast on Sunday, August 14. The Trek cost is $400 and the eligibility requirements are as follows:

     

    1.     Be a member of the SAA member or trek-eligible family member

    2.     Be a member of the BSA

    3.     Have a completed Philmont medical form

    4.     Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

    5.     Be in good physical shape


    Trek-eligible family members

    You can bring your spouse, child or stepchild, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law who meets the eligibility requirements above.


    Registration cut-off

    Registration cut-off is July 1, 2011. Don’t wait until then to register, though, because the Silver Trek will likely be sold out. Use the form below.


    Cancellation policy

    (1)  Cancellations prior to the registration deadline of July 1, 2011 will receive a full refund.

    (2)  Cancellation after the registration deadlines will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another Exchange Program event (prior to the end of 2012) or can be contributed to the SAA General Fund.

    (3)  In exceptional cases, the SAA President can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.


    Questions about the Philmont Trek?

    Contact the SAA Philmont Trek Coordinator at saa@holry.org.


    Registration form


  • December 11, 2010 8:00 AM | Anonymous
    The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA) Photo Competition Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Northern Tier staff photo competition. Each year there is an increase in the quality of the entries making the selection process even more challenging.

    The winning images will be used for promotion of the SAA (including scholarship fund) and Northern Tier program.  Professional photographers Steve Niedorf and Joel Sheagren judged this year’s photo contest. Both worked at Northern Tier and are Eagle Scouts.

    After due deliberations and consultations here are the selections:
    • Award of Excellence and winner:  Steven Lee Erdmann - "(Birch Baldy) Bald Eagle Silhouette on Southeast Birch Lake"
    • Award of Merit and winner:  Keatan Williams - "Daisy on the Lake"
    • Award of Merit and winner:  Eric Free - "Dawn Paddle"
    On behalf of the Committee and the Board of the SAA we would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest this year for their excellent work. Thanks for sharing your creative visions on the lake country we all know and love.
    Red-eye!


    Award of Excellence and winner:  Steven Lee Erdmann - "(Birch Baldy) Bald Eagle Silhouette on Southeast Birch Lake"




    Award of Merit and winner:  Keatan Williams - "Daisy on the Lake"




    Award of Merit and winner:  Eric Free - "Dawn Paddle"


  • November 01, 2010 12:21 AM | Anonymous
    Coral Reef Banner

    SAA LogoHol-Ry!

    You still have time to adjust your schedule for the Coral Reel Sailing Adventure. The registration deadline – and your $100 deposit – is November 9, 2010. Don’t be left standing on the dock!


    Sailing Adventure Basics


    The Sailing Adventure is February 6 to February 11, 2011. The cost is $5,800 per vessel. There is a minimum of 6 sailors per vessel, maximum 8 sailors per vessel. On a per sailor basis, this means that a six sailor crew would pay $966.66 per sailor, a seven sailor crew would pay $828.57 per sailor and an eight sailor crew would pay $725 per sailor. Your actual charge will be determined by taking the total cost for the number of vessels required divided by the total number of sailors. For example, 20 sailors would require 3 vessels and the resulting charge to each sailor would be $870.


    Eligibility requirements

    1. Be a current member of the SAA, SBAFA, PSA, or eligible family member.
    2. Be a registered member of the BSA.
    3. Presented a completed Sea Base medical form – Philmont and Northern Tier medical forms will not suffice.
    4. Pass the basic BSA swim check upon check in – persons not passing the swim check will be required to wear a personal flotation device at all times.
    5. Be 14 years old by September 1, 2011 – youth participants will be required to present a valid ID showing proof of age.

    Eligible family members are your spouse, child or step-child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law who meets the eligibility requirements above.


    Becoming a member of the BSA is straightforward: register at your local Scout office by explaining that BSA membership is a requirement for participation in an event at the Sea Base, pay nominal fees and pass a background check.


    BSA swimming requirements are simple: jump feet first into water over your head, swim 75 yards in a strong manner using a forward stroke, turn over, swim 25 yards using a resting back stroke and then float motionless on your back for one minute.


    Questions?  Registration, cost, and contact information here.

     

  • September 14, 2010 12:06 AM | Anonymous
    Florida Sea Base
    Florida Sea Base
    Coral Reef Sailing Adventure
    Sailing, snorkeling, fishing and new friends await you ”Down in the Florida Keys”. The Florida Sea Base and Friends Association (SBAFA) is proud to host the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA) and the Philmont Staff Association (PSA) and for the 2011 Coral Reef Sailing Adventure. This is the first High Adventure opportunity hosted by the SBAFA in the recently expanded Exchange Program of the SBAFA, SAA and PSA.

    During your Adventure, you will sail the Florida Keys in a 42 foot sailing vessel and have the opportunity to snorkel and fish some of the most beautiful reefs in the Keys. You’ll also learn astronomy, navigation, fish identification and coral reef ecology, and hang out with friends, old and new. Except for the last night, you will sleep on your vessel and fall asleep to the rocking of the waves.


    Sailing Adventure Basics

    The Sailing Adventure is February 6 to February 11, 2011. The cost is $5,800 per vessel. There is a minimum of 6 sailors per vessel, maximum 8 sailors per vessel. On a per sailor basis, this means that a six sailor crew would pay $966.66 per sailor, a seven sailor crew would pay $828.57 per sailor and an eight sailor crew would pay $725 per sailor. Your actual charge will be determined by taking the total cost for the number of vessels required divided by the total number of sailors. For example, 20 sailors would require 3 vessels and the resulting charge to each sailor would be $870.


    Your fee includes a berth on the vessel, all fishing licenses and gear, on-water food, (fresh -- not trail food!) snorkel gear, on base-lodging and meals, a Coral Reef Sailing Mate on base and a fully qualified captain for your vessel. You are responsible for the limited personal gear required and your transportation to and from the Sea Base in Islamorada, Florida.


    Eligibility Requirements

    1. Be a current member of the SBAFA, PSA or SAA or eligible family member.
    2. Be a registered member of the BSA.
    3. Presented a completed Sea Base medical form – Philmont and Northern Tier medical forms will not suffice.
    4. Pass the basic BSA swim check upon check in – persons not passing the swim check will be required to wear a personal flotation device at all times.
    5. Be 14 years old by September 1, 2011 OR 13 years of age and completed 8th grade – youth participants will be required to present a valid ID showing proof of age.

    Eligible family members are your spouse, child or step-child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law who meets the eligibility requirements above.


    Becoming a member of the BSA is straightforward: register at your local Scout office by explaining that BSA membership is a requirement for participation in an event at the Sea Base, pay nominal fees and pass a background check.


    BSA swimming requirements are simple: jump feet first into water over your head, swim 75 yards in a strong manner using a forward stroke, turn over, swim 25 yards using a resting back stroke and then float motionless on your back for one minute.


    The Schedule

    • Sunday, February 6 -- Arrive at Sea Base by 10:30 a.m., meet your Coral Reef Sailing Mate and fellow/sister sailors, have lunch in the Sea Base galley, go through swimming re-check, snorkel instruction, food pick-up and crew photos. Set sail from Sea Base before dinner and eat Sunday dinner on your vessel.
    • Monday, February 7 -- Sail the Keys.
    • Tuesday, February 8 -- dock at the Sea Base’s Brinton Environmental Center, shower, and then travel to Big Munson Island, site of the Sea Base’s Out Island Program, and complete a fun service project. The opportunity to visit Big Munson Island is not offered to regular Coral Reef Sailing Adventure participants – just you! Tuesday evening return to your vessel and set sail again.
    • Wednesday, February 9 -- Sail the Keys.
    • Thursday, February 10 -- Return to Sea Base, participate in a luau, and receive your Sea Base participant’s award. Those persons having earned participation awards at all three BSA High Adventure Bases will receive their Triple Crown Award.  Spend the final night in a Sea Base bunkhouse.
    • Friday, February 11 -- either return home or continue to Key West with your friends for further crew-building activities, or enjoy a long Valentine’s Day weekend in the Keys with a special friend.

    Persons arriving a day early, or staying a day later, can be accommodated at the Sea Base.


    How to Register

    To reserve your slot, you must pay a $100 deposit by November 9, 2010. Except as set forth below, this deposit is non-refundable, but it is transferable. Immediately after November 9, the number of vessels required will be determined and the final price per sailor calculated. You will be immediately notified of the final price and the balance of the final price must be paid in full by December 8, 2010.  Once paid the balance is not refundable and the purchase of trip interruption/cancellation insurance to protect you against unforeseen cancellation is advised.


    In the event the number of registrants is such that all cannot be accommodated on vessels, sailors will be awarded their slot based on the order in which their registration was received, priority beginning with the first registrant. Sailors who cannot be accommodated will receive a refund of their deposit.


    All registrations will be handled by Randy Saunders, Executive Director of the Philmont Staff Association. To register and get top priority for a slot mail the form below, together with your check in the amount of $100 per sailor payable to the “Philmont Staff Association”, to Randy at Executive Director, Philmont Staff Association, 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714.


    Alternatively you may register and pay your deposit online.


    Your name: __________________________________________

    Phone #: ____________________________________________

    E-mail: ______________________________________________

    Additional registrants: (List age if under 18 years old)

    Name & age: _________________ Relationship to member:_________


    Questions?

    Contact your facilitator, Alex D. Nepple, at saa@holry.org

  • August 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Anonymous

    Holry,


    Another summer is rapidly winding down.  The final crews at the Base are headed home.  Cooler temperatures are behind weather fronts and before we know it, the first signs of fall’s colors will be showing on the maples in Canoe Country.


    Join us at the campfire.I wanted to take this final opportunity to invite you to the 2010 Rendezvous over Labor Day weekend.  Allen Rench and his team of organizers are putting the final touches on a fun-filled weekend.  Whether you can visit for the weekend or just Saturday’s banquet, we hope you can join us.


    We’ve invited fur trade re-enactors to set-up camp in the old canoe yard (the volleyball area for younger members) to take us back to the era when the Ojibway and French voyageurs exchanged trade goods for valuable beaver pelts.  On Saturday night, the kids get to sleep-over with Ted, Honey and Lucky, three black bears at the North American Bear Center (Survivors will be returned to families in time for Sunday service in the Lodge.).  The rest of us will gather Saturday evening to dine at the Grand Ely Lodge.  Tom Widney will share his inspirational experience as an adaptive paddler.  We’ll also be entertained by renowned voyageur auctioneer, Cory Kolodji, who will auction a restored Seliga canoe and Real Berard painting. 


    Whether you are interested in a paddle on Moose Lake, sitting back and exchanging stories with fellow Charlie Guides, or spending a quiet moment with a child or grandchild in the Lodge telling them of your days on staff, the Rendezvous is a great time to step back, relax and have fun.  If your calendar’s still open for the upcoming holiday weekend, please consider making the trip.  We’ll see you soon.


    Redeye,


    Mike Holdgrafer
    SAA President  

  • July 31, 2010 11:06 PM | Anonymous
    You’re invited:  Shine a Light on the History of Scouting in Celebration of the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary!

    Join Scouts, leaders, and alumni for a historic broadcast of the Centennial Celebration Show from the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, an event at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia, that attracts more than 40,000 Scouts and Scouting volunteers from across the country.

    The event marks the first time in BSA history that the entire Scouting community - past, present, and future - will have the opportunity to join together to experience an inspirational and interactive jamboree arena show, which will be Webcast worldwide.

    SI Logo

    When: Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 8 p.m. EST

    Where:  Watch Online (or participate in your local Council’s broadcast event, as applicable)

    (http://www.ustream.tv/shininglight)


  • July 31, 2010 11:05 PM | Anonymous
    This is just a reminder that Sunday, August 1st is the last chance to order the SAA polo shirt.  Then the shirts go into production!  In addition, this deadline applies to the option of ordering the shirt when registering for the Rendezvous reunion.

    This shirt is being offered once biannually.  The base polo shirt price is just $25 – this includes the cost of handing and shipping the shirt to you.  However, you can save an additional $5 per shirt when registering for the Rendezvous reunion by August 1st.
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