The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. since 1992 has remained committed to its purpose of providing continuing interest in and support for the mission and programs of the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program. As part of its mission it operates programs focused on supporting Northern Tier, so that it may fulfill its own mission of “Delivering Wilderness Adventures that Last a Lifetime” for present and future generations of Scouts.
The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.'s Northern Tier Seasonal Staff Scholarship Program provides qualified individuals with post-secondary educational funding assistance of a total of up to $3,000, paid over a three-year period. Recipients must exhibit both academic competence and exemplary ongoing service to youth.Learn more.
Each year the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. provides seasonal staff members with a gift to support them in their role and to recognize their years of service.
First started in the early 1990’s, the “Red Renner Memorial Work Week” is a chance to for members to volunteer at Northern Tier by providing some sweat equity while enjoying the camaraderie with their fellow alumni and current staff. It’s a chance to make your mark on this priceless asset, Northern Tier.
A wealth of information exists about the areas canoed by participants and staff of the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases: Charles L Sommers (Ely), Donald Rogert (Atikokan), and Northern Expeditions (Bissett). The “Charlie’s Guide to Lakes Paddled by Northern Tier Scouts” book assembles that knowledge into a concise yet informative book for the staff of Northern Tier.
The Triple Crown of National High Adventure award was created in 1995 and later the Grand Slam of National High Adventure award was created in 2014 by the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. to both promote the Boy Scouts of America’s National High Adventure programs.
Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. maintains a catalog of essays, articles, historic material related to the “Far Northland” and the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases. Learn about Northern Tier’s three Canoe Bases, what a “Charlie Guide” is, and the meaning of “Hol-Ry!”. In addition, an archive of historic photos of the program and past crew photos is available.