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United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth

In June of 1950 the Security Council was called into action at Lake Success to meet the Korean Crisis. What an exciting time for the "pilot" group of 46 young people who took part in the Odd Fellow's first "United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth".


The Annual United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs make this inspiring journey every summer.
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They, along with a contingent of adult counselors, were the first of what has turned into an annual excursion of young people to the UN each summer. Every state in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and every province of Canada, except one, has been represented and students have participated from Denmark, Cuba and Australia.

The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of America feel that this pilgrimage provides exposure to the activity of governments and the work of the United Nations. It gives students a chance to see, hear, and question members of national delegations and specialists from various departments of the International Secretariat in briefings on a wide range of topics. In other words, it provides what classroom work alone cannot begin to provide.

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Every year the UN Visitors' Service arranges special briefings in the UN Conference rooms for Odd Fellow groups.

Here, students enjoy a lively question and answer period that sharpens their comprehension of UN Affairs. On the buses enroute to New York, historical spots and tourist attractions are visited, three days are spent in the Nation's capital, and the young people also make lasting friendships along the way and in New York City.

Young people competing for delegate selection must be sophomores or juniors in high school, active in school and community affairs, spiritual motivation, willingness to report on the tour, and general physical fitness. The trip is paid for by members of the Order.


I.O.O.F. Alumni by the thousands look back upon this experience as a crucial time when their ideals have fallen into place and give purposeful direction to their lives.

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The United Nations was founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations. United Nations – visit.un.org
Would you like to attend?

Student's must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the trip normally the second week in July) and meet all requirements as set forth in the UN Pilgrimage for Youth Application. Usually the student is sponsored by a lodge in their area and need not have a relative who is a member of the order. From time to time, additional seats are available on the bus trip sponsored by other lodges. Deadline for submission of application is March 20th.

2016 United Nations Pilgrimage

l.O.O.F. Lodges, Rebekah Lodges and Affiliates of Pennsylvania now is the time to prepare for a new year and send a delegate on the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth Tour in 2016. Download the 2016 United Nations Pilgrimage Information Packet for Pennsylvania (PDF) below.


Grand Lodge of PA
Contact: Sarah M Baer, Co-Chair
115 N Centre Avenue
Leesport, PA 19533
610-916-1990
610-223-9338
Email

Sovereign Grand Lodge
Contact: IOOF United National Educational Pilgrimage for Youth, Inc.
c/o Executive Director
422 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Email or call (336) 725-3416