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    • May 24, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Sheraton Dallas Hotel (400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX) in Majestic Room 1 (37th floor)

    Join us for a reception hosted by the Alumni Associations of all the National High Adventure Bases in Dallas on May 24th.

    When: May 24th, 5 pm - 6:30 pm

    Where: Sheraton Dallas Hotel (400 North Olive Street, Dallas, TX) in Majestic Room 1 (37th floor)

    Registration: No registration or RSVP required. 

    Reconnect with old friends and make new friends. Co-hosted by the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Philmont Staff Association, Sea Base Alumni & Friends Association, and SBR Staff Association.

    This event is occurring during the Boy Scouts of America’s 2018 National Annual Meeting.

    • May 28, 2018
    • June 10, 2018
    • Ely, Minnesota - 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.

    Register to volunteer!

    • September 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Prior Lake, MN

    Come join us for the 2018 Minnesota Regional Reunion of the Charles L Sommers Alumni Association and connect with other Charlie Guides in the area. We look forward to seeing you at a fun night of grilling and a bonfire! Bring a side dish and any beverages you would like. We hope to see you there.

    If you would like to host a regional reunion in your area contact us.

    • March 08, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • March 10, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Alliant Energy Center at 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI

    Canoecopia is the world’s largest paddle sports expo, and the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. will be staffing the Northern Tier booth! 

    Please consider volunteering for a few hours at the booth during the weekend of March 8-10, 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin.  You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to attend numerous educational seminars as well as see the latest canoeing and camping gear from hundreds of vendors.

    When: Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019
    Where: Alliant Energy Center (1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI).
    Who: Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA) members. You must be a member or join on our website prior to volunteering.

    Registration closes on Monday, February 26, 2018.

    Canoecopia hours are: 4-9 pm on Friday, March 8th; 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, March 9th; and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, March 10th. Weekend passes are $25.00 and parking is $7 per day. For more information about Canoecopia visit the website at

    • March 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    Join us on Saturday, March 9th for an alumni dinner in Madison, Wisconsin. We also welcome staff alumni from Philmont, Florida Sea Base, and Paul R. Christen to join us!

    This will be during the Canoecopia expo where our volunteers will be staffing the Northern Tier booth during the weekend. Canoecopia is the nation's largest paddle sport expo (SUP, kayaking, canoeing, etc.). There will be hundreds of outdoor vendors and speaker sessions occurring each hour. Learn more about Canoecopia by visiting

    When: Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 7 PM
    Where: Final details to be sent out by email.
    Who: National High Adventure Base Staff Alumni

    Registration closes on March 1st.

    • August 23, 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • August 25, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier

    Block your calendar and plan on bringing the family. The reunion date for 2019 is currently tentative, with the event to occur during one of the last two weekends in August.

    You are invited to the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association's 2019 Reunion Rendezvous. Join us as we reconnect with old friends and celebrate our mission of supporting Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases. We encourage you to register in advance not only to save money but to allow us create the best reunion experience for you. 

    Friday will begin with an opening dinner at the Sandy Bridges Program Center followed by campfire. 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 activities including visits to the Dorothy Molter Museum, International Wolf Center, and tour of Boathouse Brewpub brewery. We will gather on Saturday night for our biennial banquet. The banquet will include a sit-down dinner, keynote speaker, and auction.

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