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 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

Austin, Texas

Portlandia (Portland, Oregon)

Boston, Massachusetts

Puget Sound (Seattle, Washington)

Central Ohio (Columbus, Ohio)

Raleigh, North Carolina

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

Ellensburg, Washington (Central Washington University)
An exploratory meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 to 10:00 AM Central Washington University, Black Hall 152, Ellensburg, Washington. Afterward, there will be a 5-mile walk to Carey Lake and back to CWU. After the walk, those interested can attend the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Saint Andrew’s Church to partake of some savory Mexican food (for purchase).

At this first meeting, we will offer an overview of American Pilgrims, get to know each other, discuss the activities offered by this chapter, after which we will start the walk.

Please RSVP to Eric Mayer and Darlene Grant at la_flecha_amarilla@yahoo.com to let us know if you plan to attend and how many family/friends you're bringing with you.

For complete meeting details, driving directions, and parking information at the CWU campus go to: https://www.facebook.com/American-Pilgrims-on-the-Camino-Central-Washington-Chapter-464580700401688/


Anchorage, Alaska Chapter:
There will be an exploratory meeting  in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:00 PM to determine the feasibility of forming a local chapter. There will be an after meeting social gathering at Hearth Artisan Pizza (non-host) next to REI. Please RSVP to PJ Wilkins Bell at powbell54@gmail.com to let her know if you plan to attend and how many family/friends (if any) you're bringing with you.

The Anchorage REI Store
1200  Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

North Texas Chapter

The exploratory meeting was 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. Two additional events have been scheduled — a hike at Ledges State Park on Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 AM and a Camino 101 on packing for the Camino on Friday, June 10, 6:30-8:00 PM. For details click on "Local Event Calendar" in the top right corner of the page. Full information will be found at June 10th and June 11th.

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 05/24/16