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 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!

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

Chicago, Illinois

Sacramento, California

Chico, California

St. Louis, Missouri

Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder. Colorado)

Salt Lake City, Utah

Hoosier (Indianapolis, Indiana)

San Diego, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Santa Barbara, California

Kansas City, Missouri

Silicon Valley, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

South Florida (Miami, Florida)

Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)

Southeast Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Southern California (Los Angeles, California)

New York City, New York

Tennessee (Nashville, Tennessee)

North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth)

 Texas Gulf Coast (Houston, Texas)
Northern Arizona (Sedona to Flagstaff, Arizona)

Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, Arizona)
Western North Carolina (Asheville, North Carolina)

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.

Southern Wisconsin American Pilgrims Chapter Exploratory Meeting
Madison REI Store
7483 W. Towne Way
Madison WI  53719
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

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 anneandert@gmail.com for further information. Come and join us!


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 04/15/17