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Alumni Work Week

  • May 28, 2018
  • June 10, 2018
  • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier


Register to express your interest in volunteering.

(Please be sure to directly confirm your attendance with the volunteer coordinator before arriving at Northern Tier.)

This is your chance for a sweat equity SAA polo shirt, camaraderie with your fellow alumni members and current staff, and benefit to Northern Tier programs and facilities. A Win, Win, Win proposition!

“Work Week” is May 28 to June 10. We can use help for a day or a week, so come as early and stay as late as you can! Bring your skills and enthusiasm; we will provide on-the-job training and tools. Principal work this year will be construction of a deck outside the Welcome Cabin, to be used for arriving crews during their check-in at the Base. A variety of other smaller projects on the Base will be available as well, including some indoor locations.

Meals and bunkhouse accommodations on the base will be provided at no cost to you. You can also have the bonus of participation in training week activities as your interest and time permit. Our annual volunteer alumni dinner will be held on or about June 9. Seminar Day will be June 10, sponsored and staffed by your fellow alumni to provide additional education for trail staff in outdoor and guiding skills. In recent years this has included presentations on route planning, storm proofing, plant identification, geology, baking, fishing, birding, shore lunch skills, journaling, Base history, lake ecology, astronomy, weather, and other topics. If you’ve got an area of expertise you’re willing to share, please contact us! Consider also contacting your fellow alumni to participate with you and make your own reunion part of the fun.

As in prior years, some of our alumni have worked a few days and then headed out on the trail. The base will be glad to help outfit you if needed (advance arrangements with Northern Tier are required).

  • Arrange your Work Week participation in advance with Dick Shank by registering online.
  • Early sign-up is strongly encouraged to help Northern Tier and your fellow alumni with planning.
  • Come as early and stay as late as you can. Arrivals starting Monday, May 28th and depart by June 11th.
  • Be a member in good standing of the SAA. Join online.

Please contact us if you have questions.

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