Promoting the principles of friendship, love, truth, faith, and charity
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have sponsored and supported the Pilgrimage For Youth annually since 1949. This unique educational program brings high school students from around the world to study and participate in discussions concerning world affairs, as well as making new and lifelong friends.
For information about our program contact Leonard Bolton, Executive Director, Pilgrimage for Youth at (304) 550-9434.
Important Updates to 2023 Tour
2023 Tour Info
It is once again time to start the selection process for delegates that will be attending the 75th
Pilgrimage for Youth Tour. The tour dates are July 1-July 14 and begin and end in Philadelphia.
The cost for this year’s tour is the same as last year, $2,000.00.
This year we had 85 delegates representing 23 jurisdictions. The speech contest winner this
year ended in a tie and therefore it was determined that each winner would receive $2,000.00
scholarships. The winners were Amy Pham (Ohio) and Sophia Cox (Oregon). Congratulations,
to both scholarship winners.
Our future is our youth. The vision statement on the opening page of our website says:
Gateway to the Future Standing on the Foundation of the Past. This program epitomizes the very
fabric of our Order in promoting friendship, love and truth. The best recruitment tool we have is
right in front of us: The Pilgrimage for Youth Program. Please be a part of our future growth and
promote and sponsor a delegate!!
Tour Dates: July 1-13, 2023
Delegate fees: $2,000.00
First deposit due: January 1, 2023, ($1,000.00)
Final payment due along with delegate application: April 15, 2023
Staff and Tour Leader applications due by November 1, 2022
Tour Leader fees: $1,600.00 (if selected)
Delegates must be 16/17 years old and have at least one year of high school remaining to be
All applications, payment forms and donation forms can be downloaded from here.
All fees, applications and donations are to be sent to:
Leonard Bolton, Executive Director
6223 Six Mile Road
Danville, WV 25053
Inquiries may be obtained from:
IOOF Pilgrimage for Youth
6223 Six Mile Road, Danville, WV 25053
Phone: (304) 550-9434
2023 Delegate Application Forms and 2023 Tour Leader and Staff Applications are available now!
Download online or contact Leonard Bolton, Executive Director, (304) 550-9434.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) will not discriminate against any individual based on disability. The I.O.O.F. will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures when such modifications are necessary to afford its services and facilities to individuals with disabilities, unless the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of its services. The I.O.O.F. will not exclude any individual with a disability from the full and equal enjoyment of its services and facilities, unless the individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or him/herself, that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services. The I.O.O.F. will not exclude any individual from the full and equal enjoyment of its services and facilities because of the individual's association with a person with a disability.
Any individual may request a modification in policies, practices, or procedures or the provision of auxiliary aids or services by contacting I.O.O.F.
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422 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101-2830.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Pilgrimage for Youth is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Pilgrimage for Youth Program are wholly owned programs of The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Fellows.