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. 

We'd like to welcome the Inland Northwest Chapter to our family. If you live in eastern Washington, eastern Oregon or northern Idaho find them in the listing below.

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)

Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area, California)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

Atlanta, Georgia

Old Pueblo (Tucson, Arizona)

Anchorage, Alaska

Orlando, Florida

Austin, Texas

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Boston, Massachusetts

Portlandia (Portland, Oregon)

Central Iowa (Des Moines-Ames, Iowa)

Puget Sound (Seattle, Washington)

Central Ohio (Columbus, Ohio)

Raleigh, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Inland Northwest (Eastern Washington and Oregon, northern Idaho)

Silicon Valley, California

Jacksonville, Florida

South Florida (Miami, Florida)

Kansas City, Missouri

Southeast Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia)

Las Vegas, Nevada

Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)

Southern Wisconsin

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)

New York City, New York

Texas Gulf Coast (Houston, Texas)
North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth)

Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona)

Northeast Oklahoma (Tulsa)

Western North Carolina (Asheville, North Carolina)
 Northern Arizona (Sedona to Flagstaff, Arizona)

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 can't make the meeting, contact the organizer and let them know you're interested.

We are pleased to announce an exploratory meeting to discuss establishing the South Bend Chapter of American Pilgrims. The goals of this first meeting will be to meet each other and to have a little fun, and identify what we would like this chapter to be going forward (e.g. type and frequency of events, and possible future meeting places).

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Little Flower Catholic Church
54191 North Ironwood Road
South Bend, Indiana 46635

Please RSVP to carupley@aol.com to let us know if you plan to attend and how many family\friends (if any) you're bringing with you.

Chuck Rupley and Tom Lubruzienski

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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 11/10/17