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. 

There's a move afoot to form a Western Pennsylvania - Eastern Ohio Chapter. If you live in this general area, check out the particulars down 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 listed by state:

Note that some chapters may lap over into adjacent states for events.

Alaska:
     • Anchorage
New Mexico:
     • Albuquerque

Arizona:

     • Greater Flagstaff
     • Old Pueblo (Tucson)
     • Valley of the Sun (Phoenix)

New York:

     • New York City

California:

     • Chico
     • Northern California ( San Francisco Bay area)
     • Sacramento
     • San Diego
     • Santa Barbara
     • Silicon Valley
     • Southern California (Los Angeles)
 
North Carolina:
     • Charlotte
     • Raleigh
     • Western North Carolina ( Asheville)
 
Colorado:
     • Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder)

 Ohio:
     • Central Ohio (Columbus)

Florida:
     • Jacksonville
     • Orlando
     • South Florida (Miami)
 
Oklahoma:
     • Northeast Oklahoma (Tulsa)
 
Georgia:

     • Atlanta
 
Oregon:
     • Portlandia (Portland)
     • Southern Oregon (Medford)

Illinois:

     • Chicago

Pennsylvania:

     • Central Pennsylvania
     • Philadelphia

Indiana:

     • Hoosier (Indianapolis)
     • South Bend

Tennessee:

     • Tennessee (Nashville)

Iowa:

     • Central Iowa (Des Moines-Ames)

Texas:

     • Alamo (San Antonio)
     • Austin
     • North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth)
     • Texas Gulf Coast (Houston)

Maine:

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

Utah:

     • Salt Lake City

Maryland:

     • 
Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)

Virginia:

     • 
Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)
     • 
Southeast Virginia (Norfolk)

Massachusetts:

     • Boston

Washington, DC:

     • Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)

Michigan:

     • Southeast Michigan

Washington State:

     • Puget Sound (Seattle)
     • Spokane

Minnesota:

     • Minneapolis

Wisconsin:

     • Southern Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

Missouri:

     • Kansas City
     • St. Louis
 

Nevada:

     • Las Vegas
 
   

Scheduled Exploratory Meetings

Much of the time there are chapter formation exploratory meetings scheduled in various places in the country.

An exploratory meeting has been scheduled to explore forming an American Pilgrims chapter in the Western Pennsylvania – Eastern Ohio area. Whether you’re an experienced pilgrim, or have yet to experience your Camino, does the idea of bringing the spirit of the Camino to our area by gathering together  fellow pilgrims during the year for outings, Camino presentations, tapas and potlucks sound good to you?

We believe it’s time to establish a Western Pennsylvania – Eastern Ohio Chapter! The mission of the chapter would be to provide support to pilgrims, past, present and future and to have fun in the process. The first step toward establishing a chapter is to have an exploratory meeting and identify two co-coordinators.

This initial meeting will be held on Saturday, December 1st, from 1:30 to 3:30 at Saint Barbara Church, 111 Raymaley Road, Harrison City, PA. This will give us a chance to meet, eat, drink and talk.

Please RSVP to [email protected] to let us know if you plan to attend and how many family or friends (if any) you're bringing with you. 

¡Buen Camino! and hope to see you there!

Harry Clyde

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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 11/07/18