American Pilgrims on the Camino extends its sincerest condolences to those who were in the paths of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now Maria.  We know that many fellow members and friends were affected and will be for a long time to come. You are in our hearts and thoughts. 

A note from Jeff Stys, Chair of the Board of Directors, who experienced Harvey:

Hi, from my home in Houston, Texas to all members and visitors to our website. It's been a rough few days here. In addition to being the current Board chairperson, I am a founder of our local Houston Chapter. Luckily, I did not personally suffer from the Harvey flooding.  I am happy to report that our chapter co-coordinators, Linda Edwards Shubert and Kathi White did fine too. But we know lots of people who did not do as well, including a member of our chapter who had 29 inches of water in her house. She was scheduled to leave for the Camino just as Harvey's floods arrived. She couldn't go. I, too, had planned to leave the week of Harvey to hike Mt. Blanc. I cancelled also as there were too many opportunities to help out friends and neighbors. As I was climbing with some Camino friends to the 12th floor of a senior residence in my neighborhood to deliver food, we remembered climbing to O'Cebreiro and over the Alto de Perdon. We will all be leaning on our Camino life lessons of community, simplicity, service and patience in the months to come.

The Camino Community is strong and in these difficult times, support and caring means so much.  It's going to be a long way to recovery.

Hospitalero Training through American Pilgrims

You've completed your Camino and while walking along you began thinking about returning to experience the Camino as an hospitalero - as a volunteer albergue host. If your thinking has progressed to the point of action, we would call your attention to the next training at La Foret Retreat Center near Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15. Click HERE to go to the Hospitaleros page for further information. For unanswered questions you can always contact us through hospitalerotraining@americanpilgrims.org!

American Pilgrims Clean Camino competition winners!

American Pilgrims on the Camino is proud to launch its Clean Camino logo in the hopes of bringing awareness to the issue of increasing litter along the Camino. The slogan was submitted by Terry Kristensen and Kevin Metz and the logo artwork is a creation of Kevin Metz. With this logo in mind, it is our hope that all pilgrims will do their part to maintain a pristine Camino!