Local Chapters

American Pilgrims is a national organization and is eager to encourage and support local or regional groups that wish to form Local Chapters. You can check the individual chapter pages linked below and the Local Events Calendar for event dates and information. If you are traveling to an area where there is a local chapter, check their page to see if you will be coinciding with an event there. 

If you would like information about starting a local chapter or presently scheduled chapter exploratory meetings, please see the information at the bottom of this page.

Link to chapter coordinator resources. Password protected.

Local Chapters and the general areas they serve

Alamo (San Antonio, Texas)

Old Pueblo (Tucson, Arizona)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Orlando, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anchorage, Alaska

Portlandia (Portland, Oregon)

Austin, Texas

Puget Sound (Seattle, Washington)

Boston, Massachusetts

Raleigh, North Carolina

Central Ohio (Columbus, Ohio)

Sacramento, California

Chicago, Illinois

St. Louis, Missouri

Chico, California

Salt Lake City, Utah

Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder. Colorado)

San Diego, California

Hoosier (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Santa Barbara, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Silicon Valley, California

Kansas City, Missouri

South Florida (Miami, Florida)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Southeast Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia)

Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)

Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)

New York City, New York

Texas Gulf Coast (Houston, Texas)

Northern Arizona (Sedona to Flagstaff, Arizona)

 Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona)

Northern California (Bay Area to Sacramento, California)

 Western North Carolina (Asheville, North Carolina)

Northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts)


Scheduled Exploratory Meetings

Much of the time there are chapter formation exploratory meetings scheduled in various places in the country. Check the list below to see if you happen to be near one. If you didn't or can't make the meeting, contact the organizer and let them know you're interested.

Ellensburg, Washington (Central Washington University)
An exploratory meeting was held on Saturday, May 7th at Central Washington University. If interested in the formation of a chapter in this area, contact Eric Mayer and Darlene Grant at la_flecha_amarilla@yahoo.com.

Sacramento Chapter: An exploratory meeting was held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 with about 45 in attendance. The nascent chapter has scheduled a second event:
Sutter's Landing American River Walk
Saturday, July 16, 2016, 8:30 AM

Meet at Sutter's Landing Park in Sacramento. Entrance into the park and parking are free. Park under the large solar panel parking structure and we will meet up in that area.

This will be a chance to walk, talk, meet, share, inquire and reminisce with fellow Camino enthusiasts! We will be walking along dirt and gravel paths and a very small portion of the bike trail near the campus at Guy West Bridge. On the return we will follow dirt trails right along the river. We will leave early enough in the day to beat the heat and arrive back so that you can enjoy your Saturday afternoon! Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and snacks to enjoy at Alumni Grove before we head back. It is a perfect walk for those wishing to come with a semi- or fully-loaded pack to see how their pack weight feels for a relatively flat trail for a good 8 miles. It is quite reminiscent of the Meseta in this regard! 

Please RSVP to Kerri Daniels at: kerridaniels@gmail.com to let us know if you plan to join us and how many family/friends, if any, will come. All are welcome! Feel free to invite others who also might be interested.

If you can't attend the river walk but you're interested in the formation of a chapter in this area, please contact Kerri Daniels at  kerridaniels@gmail.com.

North Texas Chapter: An exploratory meeting was held on Sunday, February 28, 2016, in Ft. Worth but if you're interested in the chapter, please contact Joe Zarcaro at joezarcaro@att.net.

Iowa Chapter:
A successful exploratory meeting was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in West Des Moines but if you're interested in the chapter, please contact Roberta Rich at rorerich@gmail.com or Dawn Bartsch-Prince at deprince62@gmail.com.

Forming a Local Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino

After returning from the Camino, people often want to connect with others who have had a similar experience. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of starting a local chapter, American Pilgrims can guide you through the process and help you find other pilgrims in your area. Activities can be as simple as meeting for coffee, a potluck, a walk or visiting a  restaurant for tapas. Many groups have informational slide shows and meetings to help new pilgrims learn about and prepare for the Camino. 

If you already have a group that is meeting for Camino-related activities or if you would like to start a group in your area, consider becoming a formally recognized Local Chapter of American Pilgrims. Chapters are led by at least two coordinators (not a couple) who: 

  • Are current members of American Pilgrims;
  • Who are willing to share their enthusiasm for the Camino; and
  • Who have the time and energy to organize events during the year. 

Benefits of being a Local Chapter:

  • A presence on the American Pilgrims website so that people are aware of the existence of your Local Chapter;
  • The possibility of communication with other chapter coordinators who can provide ideas and support;
  • Space in La Concha, the American Pilgrims newsletter, so you can share chapter news;
  • Use of the American Pilgrims logo;
  • Liability insurance coverage from American Pilgrims for events, provided advance notice is made to the American Pilgrims Association Manager;
  • An American Pilgrims' e-mail address for chapter communication;
  • If you wish, a MailChimp account for mass communications with your chapter; and
  • Financial assistance from the national organization to help defray some event and program expenses. 

If you think you and your area would qualify for forming a chapter, the first step is submitting the online Chapter Formation Application. Upon receipt of the application, an American Pilgrims Chapter Liaison will:

  • Conduct a telephone interview to help assess the viability forming a chapter and to ensure that there are qualified and enthusiastic people to lead the new chapter; and
  • Assist in identifying additional coordinator candidates if necessary. 

Upon completing a successful initial interview, the Chapter Liaison will guide the proposed new chapter coordinators through the formal establishment process. This will begin with identifying others in the area who might be interested and scheduling an exploratory meeting.  If the chapter is deemed viable, the chapter coordinators will sign the Memorandum of Understanding outlining chapter responsibilities, training requirements, conflict of interest requirements and the support that American Pilgrims will provide. Further steps will include establishing the chapter's website page, creating a chapter e-mail address and announcing the new chapter to the pilgrim community. 

If you think you qualify, we'd love to hear from you!

Rev 08/04/16