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    • March 09, 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • March 11, 2018
    • 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! 

    (See below: Registration for volunteering and alumni dinner are separate registrations.)

    Please consider volunteering for a few hours at the booth during the weekend of March 9-11, 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 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
    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.

    Register to volunteer!

    Special Event: There will be an alumni dinner on Saturday, March 10th. You must RSVP separately

    RSVP to attend the Saturday dinner.

    Canoecopia hours are: 4-9 pm on Friday, March 9th; 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, March 10th; and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, March 12th. Weekend passes are $25.00 and parking is $7 per day. For more information about Canoecopia visit the website at

    • March 10, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Madison, Wisconsin

    Join us on Saturday, March 10th 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 10th, 2018 at 7 PM
    Where: Imperial Garden West (Middleton, WI). Final details to be sent out by email. Please RSVP if planning to attend.
    Who: National High Adventure Base Staff Alumni

    Registration closes on Sunday, March 4, 2018.

    RSVP for the dinner here!

    • May 25, 2018
    • June 08, 2018
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier

    Join us from May 25th through June 8th (date range is tentative) for Alumni Work Week. 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. 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 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.

    After you register, the volunteer coordinator will confirm your participation.

    When: May 25 to June 8 (Date range is currently tentative and may change slightly.)
    Where: Northern Tier's Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota
    Who: Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. (SAA) members. You must be a member or join on our website prior to volunteering.

    Register to volunteer!

    If you have any questions about participating, please contact us.

    • 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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