The mission of American Pilgrims on the Camino is to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino by supporting its infrastructure, by gathering pilgrims together, and by providing information and encouragement to past and future pilgrims.
Our values are built upon the foundation of our collective experiences as Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. In every decision we make and every action we take, American Pilgrims will strive to be in accordance with the values of community, service, gratitude, and simplicity.
Adopted by the Board of Directors, 28 October 2017
We are welcoming to all people and strive to create real opportunities for people to connect, grow and share in a meaningful way.
We strive to create opportunities for people to help and support one another before, during and after their Camino experience.
We embrace every opportunity to thank and be thanked for actions big and small.
We always aim to concentrate on what’s important in life and to celebrate all we have while appreciating every situation.
American Pilgrims on the Camino is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization whose objective is to facilitate communication within the community of North American pilgrims, particularly those in the United States. American Pilgrims continually seeks meaningful ways to support the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
We have three three principal goals: to support the Camino, to gather pilgrims together and to provide information.
To Support the Camino
We collect and distribute funds and we train hospitaleros for the Camino albergues. The funds are used for the maintenance and enhancement of the Camino infrastructure, going to specific albergues being built or repaired, to associations providing services along the Camino and to other entities directly involved with the Camino. American Pilgrims hospitaleros serving in Camino albergues have received the same the training as Spanish hospitaleros, so they are prepared to step in as full partners.
Our desire is to promote a positive American presence on the Camino and to support this physical and spiritual journey that has been meaningful and life-transforming to innumerable people for over a thousand years. See the American Pilgrims Grant Program and the Hospitaleros pages for more information.
To Gather Pilgrims
We hold an annual Gathering each spring. It is open to members and nonmembers, walkers and non-walkers, pilgrims who have been and pilgrims who are yet to be—all who share the enthusiasm for the Camino. To make it as accessible as possible, we vary the location: North Carolina, Georgia, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Virginia, Colorado and Missouri have been recent locations. A number of smaller regional Gatherings have also taken place, where people relive the companionship of the albergues, create a meal simple ingredients, take a walk together and explore the Camino’s history and tradition.
And of course, this website and our Facebook groups also gather pilgrims in a virtual sense, so that they can tell their stories and share their experiences, to remember and to encourage. See the Local Chapters and the National Gathering pages.
To Provide Information
We maintain our website, offering up-to-date reviews of Camino literature, travel suggestions, practical advice, announcements, historical commentary, answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), association news and are constantly expanding ways of encouraging greater knowledge of the Camino.
We also publish a newsletter, "La Concha," that is 100% by members and for members. Inside you'll find personal reflections, poetry, route reviews, book reviews, photographs and original artwork, and information about the organization.
And we maintain a dynamic Facebook group where the exchange of information and ideas soars. Join us today!
If you would like to connect with the community of pilgrims and support the Camino through membership in American Pilgrims please join us. See the membership page for details on the benefits of being a part of the Camino community.