Central Iowa Chapter

The Central Iowa chapter of American Pilgrims serves the central Iowa area, including Des Moines and its neighboring communities, and extending north to Ames. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways:

     • Offering opportunities for local pilgrims to gather for social events, monthly hikes, and Camino-inspired activities
     • Mentoring future pilgrims
     • Promoting the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through educational programming
     • Serving as a local host for hospitalero training in Iowa

Chapter events will be scheduled well in advance and will be listed on the Central Iowa Chapter Website, as well as on our Facebook page (Central Iowa Chapter - American Pilgrims on the Camino) and our Chapter Meetup site

Contact chapter coordinators Dawn Bratch-Prince and Roberta Rich at CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org for more information.


To be added to the chapter's e-mail list, or for more information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrims, contact us at CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org.

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Scheduled Events
Contact us through CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org to find out what we're doing!

Hike at Lake Ahquabi State Park
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Join the Central Iowa Chapter for a hike on the Lake and Woods Trails in Lake Ahquabi State Park, June 10th at 9 AM (Changed from the original date of June 11th at 3 PM) The address is 16510 118th Ave, Indianola, IA 50125 We will meet at the South Shelter: The Lake trail is 4 miles and the Woods trail is 2.5 miles. Most of the trail is gravel. Dress appropriately and bring water and a walking stick. Bring something for a light tapas lunch!

Ongoing Events:
CAMINO CAFES held monthly at 6:00 PM:
Des Moines (not Urbandale): Twisted Bean, First Mondays
Mason City: Caribou Coffee, Second Thursdays
Ames: Stomping Grounds, Third Thursdays
Please confirm dates by checking our Facebook page (Central Iowa Chapter - American Pilgrims on the Camino) or our Meetup site!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?

The Central Iowa Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact CentralIowa@americanpilgrims.org for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Rev 05/29/17