AVA Current Special Programs

 

Notice to all participants: Most programs allow the participants up to (12) twelve months starting from the official end date to complete any Special Program. Completed books are to be returned to the point of contact or club hosting the program to receive recognition and award.

Our appreciation goes to all Committee Members of the Special Programs for the hard work in implementing and maintaining the programs as well as the financial contributions made to AVA as a result of each of the Special Programs.

Book sales ended 12/31/19 for these Special Programs:
Ice Cream Parlors
Underground Railroad
Redeem completed books to POC for award by 12/31/20.
See Ended Special Programs web page for POC information endedprog.php


Airports Airports - Celebrating American Flight
Program runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2023. The program includes major Metropolitan and International Airports, smaller Regional Airports, Small Regional Airfields, and even Military Airfields if the walk criterion is met, but Heliports or Helipads do not count. The qualifier is meant to define that the walk must be near enough to see airport operations., The walk needs to be along a roadway or pathway adjacent to, abutting, or such similar terms to the Airport property line. Cost of book is $10. Qualifier is 12 different AVA sanctioned events (Same walk/different year = different walk event.) Patch is 3 ½ x 4 1/2” multicolored embroidered patch. Make checks payable to Seneca Sugar Loafers, P.O. Box 3716, Gaithersburg, MD 20885-3716 gamesterz@aol.com 301-540-0466.

Appalachian Trail Appalachian Trail
Program starts January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2028. Redeem books by December 31, 2029. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the famous hiking trail in the eastern United States from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is roughly 3,500 km long and goes through 14 States. Walkers are required to hike/walk a section of the trail in each state. A qualifying AVA walk is one that goes on the AT or a blue-blazed trail for at least 4 km. An AVA walk will count for only one state; the sponsoring club will determine which one. Complete the 14 required events; Traditional, Seasonal, or YRE as indicated in the booklet. You must pay for each event. Each AVA stamp can only appear once in the book. Use of the On Line Start Box is approved. Due to the unique nature of this program, participants have space in the program book to add a picture, notes, and other local stamps such as the Park or AT Passport stamp. Book cost is $10. The patch is 4” x 6”. Checks are payable to AVA National Headquarters, send to POC Susan Medlin, 12527 Fern Creek, San Antonio, Texas, 78253. Make checks payable to AVA. Please note on the check it is for “The Appalachian Trail SP”. Submit completed books to the same address. The POC can be contacted at (210) 325-3523 or email sueammed@aol.com



Border CrossingsBorder Crossings
Program runs January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2023. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2024. This program includes a Passport as well as a patch. The participant must physically cross the border from one state to another while on a volkssport event. Walking, swimming, biking and cross-country ski events all count. Borders between counties do not count unless they are in different states. International borders will also count as long as they are part of an IVV event. This program covers a 10 year period, which is conducive to a regular US Passport. The objective is to encourage volksmarchers to have fun, finding those unique trails that have border crossings at State Lines, Canadian Provinces, and international borders. Every state has a border with another state or country with the only exception being Hawaii. The program will encourage clubs in different states to work together in setting up a border crossing event. This program requires you to purchase a passport booklet with more to do than just stamp the book. You will be asked to submit a photo of your border crossing and thus make it a personal mini photo album or you can keep notes to make it a mini journal of your adventures. Some may want to do the same border crossing on 15 different days. This will be allowed but make it fun by dressing up in different clothes, wear a different hat, carry a stuffed animal, toy, etc.; in each photo. Qualifier for 15 sanctioned events. Cost of book (passport) $10. Make check payable to Michigan Pathfinders and mail to: Tom Crabill 10435 Oak Trail Rd, Ft Wayne, IN 46845-6115. Patch: 3" x 4". Sponsored by the Michigan Pathfinders, email tjcrabill@comcast.net phone 260.409.1659.



  Carousels Across America Carousels Across America
Program runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2022. Honor a much loved form of entertainment in the United States. Each state has at least one carousel. Any sanctioned YRE or Traditional event passing a carousel in the U.S. qualifies. Entries per event are unlimited, but a start card must be completed and carried for each. This program is not retroactive. The patch is an embroidered, multi-colored 4”X2 1/4” depicting three colorful carousel horses of varying sizes. Qualifier is the completion of 15 sanctioned events passing a carousel. Order you book Albany Fitwalkers Volkssporting Club, PO Box 1218, Albany, OR 97321. POC: Don Reed donreed1946@yahoo.com or 541-926-8327.


Little Free Libraries Little Free Libraries
Program runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2022. No retroactive entries will be accepted. Little Free Libraries can be found throughout the US, Canada and many countries around the world. Complete 20 AVA sanctioned walks that include a Registered Little Free Library. Registered LFL’s have an official charter sign and charter number which will be the qualifier. Unregistered LFL’s will not count and only one LFL may be used per walk even if there is more than one on the route. One entry per calendar year is permitted for YRE and Seasonal events. Patch is a 4”X4” multi-color picturing three children enjoying books while sitting beneath a Little Free Library. Cost of books is $10. Qualifier for 20 sanctioned events. Order your book from Deb Gaskins, PO Box 110, Des Moines, IA 50301-0110. Make check payable to Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association (GDMVA). Email gaskins.deb@gmail.com phone 515-238-2486.



Mayflower Mayflower - 400th Anniversary Walk
Program runs January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2023. This program ties into Plymouth, MA, with its iconic Mayflower, site of a large 400th Anniversary in 2020, with events leading up to it and celebrated throughout the country. It also ties into the pilgrim story and Native Americans. Qualifiers may include an Indian Museum or statue (any tribe) on route, a full list of surnames of Mayflower Passengers, will be sent out with the booklet. Examples include: Mayflower, Cape Cod, Thanksgiving (any walk done on that day), Surnames: Brewster, Rogers and many more. Walkers are encouraged to walk in Plymouth or by a Mayflower Hotel, or street, monument or sign with some connection will qualify. Passing a Mayflower moving truck or a Plymouth car do not qualify but a building with Mayflower or Plymouth name on it will qualify.Cost of book is $10. Qualifier of 12 sanctioned events(one time per event per year). Patch is 4 X 4” embroidered of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, MA. Make checks payable to Twin State Volkssport Asso. Order books from Carolyn Adams, 23 Terry Hill Rd, South Ryegate VT 05069 carri757@gmail.com 802-757-2500.


Rockin’ Around the Clock Rockin’ Around the Clock
Program runs from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2022. Redeem completed books by Dec 31, 2023. This program is intended to challenge participants to find public clocks while out enjoying volkssporting events. A clock tower is a tower specifically built with one or more clock faces. Clock towers can be either freestanding or part of a church or municipal building such as a town hall. Astronomical clocks that show astronomical information, as well as the time, can be so classified. Town clocks or Public clocks are intended to be seen and of use by the general public in town squares, plazas, city halls, courthouses, train and bus stations, parks and more. Qualifiers are 24 different AVA sanctioned events that include a public clock, clock & repair shop (if clocks are the primary business) or clock museum. Only one use of the IVV Stamp is allowed for each qualifier per year. Non qualifiers: garden sundials, no billboard advertising sign count, clocks in other museums other than a clock museum, clocks inside buildings or seen through windows do NOT qualify unless the clock or clocks are the primary focus of the building or the clock has particular special or historical significance. Make note of the style of clock and/or where the clock is located. EX: St Peter’s Church, tower or Bryan Town Square or Daily News Building, etc. Cost of book is $10. Patch is 3 X 4 “ patch depicting a variety of public clocks. Make checks to Maumee Valley Volkssporters. Order the books from POC: Vivian Lijewski, 4710 Glendale Ave. Suite 201, Toledo OH 43614. Phone - 419-385-3904



Olympian Walk Like an Olympian
Program runs January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020. Redeem completed books by December 31, 2021. Walkers can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold levels. Ten walks in cities where the Olympics have been held or in American cities with the same names as Olympic hosts will earn walkers the Bronze level, 15 for the Silver and 20 events for the Gold. The patch has places for all three “medals” so go for the gold! There have been 44 host cities around the world since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games in 1896 through the completion of this program in 2021. Examples: Athens, Innsbruck, Lake Placed, Los Angeles, Paris and St Moritz. There are plenty of opportunities in America such as Atlanta, GA, Lake Placid, NY, Los Angeles, CA, St Louis, MO and Salt Lake City, UT. Walks are also listed in AL & GA (Athens), ID (Moscow), and Vancouver, WA. Qualifiers for all levels must be on sanctioned events. An event may be used two times per year. Book cost is $10. The patch is 3” x 4”. Checks are payable to South Bay Striders. POC is Suzi Glass, 5562 Vassar Dr, San Jose, CA 95118. (408) 592-3935 or email glass2walk@gmail.com



Walking the United StatesWalking the United States (50 States/51 Capitals)

No ending date. Earn special recognition! Complete an AVA walk in all 50 states or in all 50 state capitals and Washington, D.C. The basic state or capital program earns a certificate. Order your "Walking the United States" record book directly from AVA Headquarters, Attn: AVA Headquarters, 1001 Pat Booker Rd., Suite 101, Universal City, TX 78148-4147. E-mail questions to Karen@ava.org. Books are $5.00 each (includes shipping). A separate book is required for each program — order two books if participating in both programs. An optional Deluxe Package is available upon completion that includes a state or capital certificate, a large patch, and a patriotic T-shirt.  Details are on the back of each book.



Walking the USA A-ZWalking the USA A – Z
No ending date. Walk 26 cities — A to Z. For example walk in Albany for A, Zanesville for Z, etc. The program will continue indefinitely as long as there is interest. Mail payment of $8.00 (includes shipping) to purchase an event book. Once you have completed the event book you qualify to receive a beautiful patch. Note: X is a wildcard and can be a walk at any event that is not already marked for the program. Xenia is still an option. Make a copy of your book prior to mailing the original to: AVA Headquarters, Attn: A–Z Program, 1001 Pat Booker Road, Suite 101, Universal City, TX 78148-4147.  E-mail questions to Karen@ava.org.


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