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    • 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 Sunday, March 3, 2019.

    Alumni Dinner on Saturday: If you are interested in attending the alumni dinner on Saturday, please RSVP separately here.
    • March 09, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    Join us on Saturday, March 9th for an alumni dinner in Madison, Wisconsin. All alumni,  friends, and their families are welcome.  We also welcome alumni from Philmont, Florida Sea Base, Northern Wisconsin National Canoe Base, and Paul R. Christen (The Summit) to join us!

    We ask that you register soon as we need to get a reservation. Final details and location will be sent by email the week before the event.

    Registration closes on March 1st.

    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

    • May 27, 2019
    • June 09, 2019
    • Northern Tier, 14790 Moose Lake Rd, Ely, MN 55731

    Alumni Work Week: Join us to give back and have fun!

    This is your chance to support the Northern Tier programs. You'll earn a “sweat-equity” polo shirt and enjoy camaraderie with your fellow alumni while giving back. A win-win proposition!

    The upcoming “Work Week” is tentatively May 27th to June 9th. 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. As a bonus, you can take part in training week activities as your interest and time permit.

    A variety of projects will be available, including indoor locations. We will provide meals and bunkhouse accommodations at no cost to you. A volunteer dinner will occur around June 8th.

    Seminar day sponsored by the alumni association will tentatively be on June 9th. It provides staff additional education in outdoor and guiding skills. Past seminars covered topics including route planning, storm-proofing, plant identification, geology, trail baking, fishing, birding, shore lunch skills, history, ecology, astronomy, and weather. Contact us on the website if have any expertise to share during this day.

    Consider contacting your fellow alumni to participate with you and make your own reunion part of the fun. You may choose to volunteer a few days and then head out on a trip. The base will be glad to help outfit you if needed (you must make advance arrangements with Northern Tier at

    We hope to hear from you! 

    • Arrange your Work Week participation in advance by registering online.
    • Sign up early 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 with departure by June 11th.
    • Be a member in good standing. Join online at

    Please contact us if you have questions.

    Register to volunteer!

    • 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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