Northern Tier, the oldest of the BSA National High-Adventure Bases Turns 100!

Alex Nepple, former director of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, provides a great review of Aaron Derr’s article commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Northern Tier. Take a look back and learn more about the fascinating history of Northern Tier!

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Aaron Derr’s article on Scouting, titled “Read an Excerpt from the New Book about Northern Tier, Then Preorder Your Copy Today,” provides a compelling glimpse into the captivating narrative of “The Far Northland: A Century of Wilderness High Adventure at Northern Tier.” Authored by the acclaimed two-time Minnesota Book Award winner, Dave Kenney, this book chronicles a century of wilderness adventure and the enduring impact of Northern Tier National High Adventure program.

What makes this project truly remarkable is that it was conceptualized, executed, and funded by the dedicated staff alumni association of Northern Tier, the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. An accomplished committee of Eagle Scouts, including Karl Huemiller, Alex Nepple, Eric Peterson, Chuck Rose, and Craig Pendergraft, invested three years of passion and effort into bringing this book to fruition.

The significance of this endeavor is profound, involving extensive research and budget. It stands as a testament to the enduring commitment of Northern Tier’s alumni to preserving its legacy.

“The Far Northland” exemplifies the camaraderie, dedication, and transformative potential of Scouting’s National High Adventure experiences and may be purchased from Northern Tier’s Trading Post at


Alex Nepple
Former Corporate Secretary / Executive Committee, Board of Directors
Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc.