Since 1949, the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have offered this grand opportunity to youth from the United States, Canada, and many other countries.
This program targets young adults interested in world affairs, international relations, economic, and/or political sciences. This is an opportunity of a lifetime that allows our delegates to exchange views on education, healthcare, climate change, homelessness, food and water insecurity or any other isssues that may be affecting the world at the time..
Each student will take part in comprehensive discussions with other students from around the world and make new and lifelong friendships. Also, students will experience one of the greatest cities in the world, New York, attend a Broadway play, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, tour the 911 Memorial, Philadelphia, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg and Washington, DC!!!!
Students should contact their local Odd Fellows or Rebekah Lodges or school authorities for their application today.
Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges.
The Odd Fellows and Rebekah Pilgrimage for Youth program is supported by fund-raising activities and donations of the many dedicated members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, along with corporate and individual donations. This non-profit fraternal organization has sponsored over 49,000 students since the program's inception in 1949.
After more than a half century, the members of Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges continue to proudly inspire the young people of today to pursue global agendas that will enable them to help their communities relate to world affairs in the future.
Tours are conducted during the summer and are 12-14 days in duration, usually in the month of July.
Competition is open to all high school students 16 or 17 years of age with a minimum of one year of high school remaining. Applications are reviewed by the local or state selection committee for evidence of leadership, character, concern for community welfare, interest in world affairs and general fitness. Each applicant is required to write an essay and may be required to participate in a local speech contest.
Expenses including transportation, meals, lodging and tours are paid by the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges in your community, county, district, state or province and donations by corporations or individuals. The student provides spending money for souvenirs, laundry, shopping, extra refreshments and some entertainment. Parents/Guardians must provide notarized written permission for their son or daughter to attend the program and to travel across the borders of the United States and Canada unaccompanied by them. They must also agree to pay for their son or daughter’s return trip home when an accident, illness or misbehavior prevents further participation in the tour.
The Program is always looking for Adult Tour Leaders and Tour Staff. Applications are available from state or province program chairpersons. Information on all adult positions with how costs and expenses are paid may be obtained from the Program Office listed on this brochure