Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association


Upcoming events

    • March 10, 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • March 12, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Madison, Wisconsin

    Canoecopia Volunteer Opportunity  

    Canoecopia is the world’s largest paddle sports exposition, and the Sommers Alumni Association will once again be staffing the Northern Tier booth! Please consider helping us out by volunteering to work for a few hours during the weekend event March 10-12, 2017 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Wisconsin. 

    Exposition hours are: 4-9 pm on Friday, March 10th, 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, March 11, and 10 am to 5 pm March 12th. We’ll schedule at least two volunteers at the booth at all times. Volunteers will be provided “talking  points”  for prospective participants. 

    You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to attend numerous educational seminars as well as see the latest canoeing and camping gear from over 200 vendors.

    There will also be a dinner on Saturday, March 11th in Madison, Wisconsin for alumni of Northern Tier. Local alumni of Philmont Scout Ranch and Florida Sea Base are also welcome.

    For more information, see the Canoecopia website ( and contact Dick Shank ( if you have any questions.  Thanks!

    • May 26, 2017
    • June 09, 2017
    • Ely, Minnesota - Northern Tier

    When: May 26 to June 9

    We can use help for a day or a week, so come as early and stay as late as you can!

    Who: SAA members (Join at

    Act now: Click the "Register" button to express your interest in volunteering. 

    May 26th through June 9th, 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 on June 9th 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 on June 8th.

    We hope to hear from you! For more information about participating contact Dick Shank at

Past events

August 27, 2016 2016 SAA Banquet Registration
August 26, 2016 2016 SAA Reunion Rendezvous
May 26, 2016 Alumni Work Week
March 11, 2016 Canoecopia 2016 - Volunteer at the Northern Tier booth
September 19, 2015 Annual Meeting of Members
June 19, 2015 Weekend at Summit Bechtel Reserve
May 28, 2015 Alumni Work Week
March 13, 2015 Canoecopia 2015 - Volunteer at the Northern Tier booth
August 23, 2014 2014 SAA Banquet Registration
August 23, 2014 Annual Meeting of Members
August 22, 2014 2014 SAA Reunion Rendezvous
July 14, 2014 Alumni Wilderness Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch
May 29, 2014 Alumni Work Week
March 07, 2014 Canoecopia 2014 - Volunteer at the Northern Tier booth
October 26, 2013 Annual Meeting of Members
October 12, 2013 Autumn Volunteer Opportunity at Northern Tier
August 21, 2013 Northern Tier 2013 Border Lakes Wilderness Fishing Tournament
June 03, 2013 Alumni Work Week
March 09, 2013 SAA - PSA Madison Reunion (Canoecopia 2013)
February 17, 2013 Florida Sea Base: Coral Reef Sailing Adventure
February 05, 2013 Alumni Eastern Caribbean Cruise
October 27, 2012 Special Meeting of the Members
September 01, 2012 2012 SAA Banquet Registration
August 27, 2012 Northern Tier 2012 Wilderness Fishing Invitational
August 22, 2012 Northern Tier Alumni Wilderness Voyage - Atikokan to Ely
May 30, 2012 Canoe Voyage Webinar
May 28, 2012 Alumni Work Week
March 10, 2012 SAA - PSA Madison Reunion (Canoecopia 2012)
August 27, 2011 Sandy Bridges Program Center Dedication
August 07, 2011 Alumni Wilderness Trek at Philmont Scout Ranch
June 01, 2011 Alumni Work Week
March 12, 2011 Regional Reunion - Madison, WI (Canoecopia 2011)
February 06, 2011 Florida Sea Base: Coral Reef Sailing Adventure
September 04, 2010 SAA Banquet Registration
September 04, 2010 Alumni Wilderness Voyage Participants Attending Reunion
August 01, 2010 Order a SAA Polo Shirt
March 12, 2010 Canoecopia 2010
July 26, 2009 SAA/PSA Philmont Trek
June 12, 2009 Alumni Wilderness Voyage
March 13, 2009 Canoecopia 2009
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