Forming a Local Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino
After returning home from a pilgrimage on the Camino, people often want to connect with others who have had a similar experience. The difficulty can lie in finding other peregrinos and in deciding on an activity. Most local groups start small: activities might begin with something as simple as meeting for coffee, a potluck, a walk, or visiting a Spanish restaurant. Some regional groups have had slide shows at an outdoor store or meetings to help new pilgrims learn about the Camino.
American Pilgrims encourages local groups to form chapters. If you have a group that is meeting for Camino-related activities then you've already taken the first step toward becoming a formally recognized local chapter of American Pilgrims.
Individuals who have already started other local chapters of American Pilgrims are always generous in offering support and ideas.
The American Pilgrims' process for applying for chapter status is straightforward. The organizer(s) should first contact the local chapter liaison of the Board of Directors who will then reply with guidance as to the next steps. The local group chooses two coordinators who will sign the American Pilgrims' chapter charter, will agree to notify American Pilgrims before holding activities and will provide an annual report of activities. Officially chartered chapters are provided liability insurance coverage by American Pilgrims for recognized activities.
For more information contact the local chapter liaison of the American Pilgrims' Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.