Pilgrimage for Youth

Pilgrimage For Youth

This unique Educational Program brings together high school students from around the world to study and learn about our government. For young adults interested in world affairs, international relations, economics and/or political sciences this is an opportunity of a lifetime to observe in person while exchanging views on education, politics and religion.

Mingle with young people from around the world making new and lifelong friends, plus experience one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City, Washington, DC, Ottawa, Canada, and other Historical sites. Growing in popularity, the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s Pilgrimage for Youth program has been garnering growing public attention in the United States, Canada and abroad. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the advisory List of National contests and Activities.

Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges sponsor the students. The Tour is funded 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 half a century, the members of Odd Fellow 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 June and July and vary from seven to fourteen days in duration. Your sponsor will advise you of your specific departure date.

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 selection committee for evidence of leadership, character, concern for community welfare, interest in world affairs and general fitness.

Applicants are required to submit an exam, write an essay and/or participate in a local speech contest.

The Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges in your community, county, district, state or province, and donations by corporations and individuals pay expenses including transportation, meals, lodging and sightseeing. The student provides spending money for souvenirs, laundry, shopping, extra refreshments and some entertainment. Parents must give written permission for the student to attend the program and agree to pay for student’s return trip when an accident, illness or misbehavior prevents further participation in the tour.

Download the 2023 Pilgrimage Student Letter and App Form

Executive Director 336-528-3518
IOOF Pilgrimage for Youth Website: www.ioofpilgrimageforyouth.com

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Excelsior ♦ Minnetonka #102

Organized January 1,1885

Meeting Information

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Wednesday
(Jun-July, 1st & 3rd Weds)
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM
Address: PO Box 129

Contact Info

Ty Hodges, Secretary
10008 Quebed Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN. 55438
Phone: 612.638.7441

Excelsior, Minnesota ~ Minnetonka No.102

Past Grand Masters

  • Bernard Leach 1984-1985
  • Wesley Searles 1986-1987
  • Roland Schallberg 1999-2000
  • Allan P. Sauter 2003-2004
  • Bernard Leach 2005-2006
  • J. Douglas Plott 2008-2009
  • Rick Benesh 2015-2016

Charter Members

  • W.H. Le Van
  • J.T. Rawlings
  • Wm. F. Darver
  • Lewis Hanson
  • Wallace W. Wait
  • Osby V.W. Digafoos
  • W.E. Rawlings

Any inquiries regarding genealogy questions should only be in regards to individuals that were a member of a Minnesota Lodge. All other inquiries for other states will be answered with a referral to your states Grand Secretaries contact information.

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