Chapters are the heart of American Pilgrims on the Camino. They’re critical to fulfilling our mission. Upon returning from the Camino, many people want to connect with others who may have had similar experiences. Established local chapters of American Pilgrims can provide that sought-after connection and are within the reach of many.
Across the country, local chapters of American Pilgrims gather pilgrims together to foster the enduring tradition of the Camino. Through chapter events, local members support the Camino’s infrastructure, share information about the Camino and offer support to both past and future pilgrims.
Our individual chapters are listed below. Their scheduled events are listed on each chapter’s page.
If you are traveling to an area with a local chapter, check their events for information. Maybe there's an event or hike you can attend!
If there's no local chapter in your area...
American Pilgrims supports local and regional groups wanting to form new chapters. If there is no American Pilgrims chapter in your area, and you are interested in exploring the possibility of starting a chapter to connect pilgrims in your immediate area, we can help. We will assist and guide you along the chapter formation process to identify new and veteran pilgrims willing to commit to creating and sustaining a new American Pilgrims chapter.
Chapter activities can be as simple as getting together for coffee, a potluck, a walk or an outing to a restaurant for tapas. Many groups have informational programs to help new pilgrims learn about and prepare for the Camino.
If you already have a group that meets for Camino-related activities, and you’d like to consider becoming a formally recognized local chapter of American Pilgrims, following this link to our Local Chapter Formation page.
The first step in starting an American Pilgrims chapter in your area is to review the criteria then submit a Chapter Formation Application.
If you live in the Finger Lakes area of New York, you should know that there was a meeting on Monday, July 25th for the purpose of exploring the feasibility of forming a local chapter in the area. Whether you have walked the Camino, would like to, or are just curious, there were stories and advice from those who have made the journey. If you are interested but couldn't make the meeting, contact Chapters@americanpilgrims.org and let them know.
Colorado Front Range (Denver-Boulder)
DelMarVa (DelMarVa Peninsula)
Central Iowa (Des Moines-Ames)
Northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts)
Central Ohio (Columbus)
Northeast Oklahoma (Tulsa)
Mid-Atlantic (Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland)
Southern Wisconsin (Milwaukee)