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 North Texas Chapter, centered on Dallas/Fort Worth, to our family! If you live in that general area of Texas, click on their link in the list below and check them out!
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Local Chapters and the general areas they serve
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.
Southern Wisconsin American Pilgrims Chapter Exploratory Meeting
On Saturday, April 22, two Wisconsin pilgrims will kick off the first Wisconsin chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino. We will meet at the Madison REI for this exploratory event. Space is limited, so a reservation is needed to guarantee a seat! Click HERE. Whether you've walked or biked one of the Caminos de Santiago, plan to, or are just dreaming about going and want to hear more; come, listen, and share your ideas about what a local chapter can do: speakers, topics, hikes, preparations, and sharing stories. There are no dues to participate in local chapter events. Contact Anne Andert at email@example.com for further information. Come and join us!
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:
Benefits of being a Local Chapter:
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:
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!