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Educational 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 "Educational Pilgrimage for Youth".

The Annual United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs make this inspiring journey every summer.
annual excursion of young people

Since 1949 the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have offered this grand opportunity to youth from the United States, Canada and many other countries. For young adults interested in world affairs, international relations, economics and/or political sciences, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to observe the United Nations in person while exchanging views on education, politics and religion. The experience of this trip will truly impact the lives of the young people that attend and positively shape their futures.

They, along with a contingent of adult counselors, were the first of what has turned into an annual excursion of young people 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 their work. 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.

Historical & Educational
Every year the Visitors' Service arranges special briefings in the conference rooms for Odd Fellow groups.

Here, students enjoy a lively question and answer period that sharpens their comprehension of government 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.
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 Educational 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.

Informational Downloads
General Information (DOC)
Student Application Form (DOC)
Payment Form (DOC)

Educational Pilgrimage for Youth

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 Educational Pilgrimage for Youth.

Informational Downloads
Delegate General Information (DOC)
Jurisdictional Chair General Information (DOC)
Tour Leader Guidelines (DOC)

Grand Lodge of PA
Contact: Sarah M Baer, Co-Chair
115 N Centre Avenue
Leesport, PA 19533

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