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 12/31/18 for these Special Programs:
Bridges - Spanning the USA
Doin' The Louisiana Purchase
Lady Liberty
Make a Wish at a Water Fountain
ational Park Centennial
Points of Reference
State Street Sashay
Take a Walk In a City Park
Treasure Hunt
United States Post Offices
Vice Presidential Walks
Walk the USA - Street by Street
Walkin America's Port of Call
Redeem completed books to POC for award by 12/31/19.
See Ended Special Programs web page for POC information endedprog.php

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.

Ice CreamIce Cream Parlors
Program runs January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019. Redeem completed book by December 31, 2020. Ice cream parlors have been essential in America's social and cultural history. Participants will enjoy a sense of nostalgia as they reacall being teenagers and meeting friends after school at the local ice cream parlor, sitting in their favorite booth or at the counter to have ice cream, frappes, floats, or sodas. Adults will remember their parents or grandparents taking them for ice cream and can now take their own children or grandchildren. All participants are encouraged to reminisce or make new memories as they go by their local ice cream parlor or as they venture to new locations. Qualifiers are 20 different AVA sanctioned events that pass an ice cream parlor. Chains such as Dairy Queen, Friendly's or Shaklee's qualify, but can only be used once. A colorful, 3" x 4" fully embroidered patch of a 3-scoop decadent banana split sundae on a shiny meatal table under a typical ice cream parlor awning. The cost of the book will be $10. Books can be purchased from Mary Frink, Walk 'n Mass Volkssport Club, 38 Carter St #205, Everett, MA 02149. For more informaiton contact 617-387-1577 or mfwalks2010@verizon.net.

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.

Underground RailroadUnderground Railroad
Program runs January 1, 2017 - December, 31, 2019. Redeem completed book by December 31, 2020. The Underground Railroad was an important part of American history. This program will help all to recognize the bravery of those who rode it to freedom. Prior to 1860, America captured and enslaved about four million Black people from Africa. America was built on this enslaved labor, performing the difficult labor of the plantations across the South and slave-traders saw an opportunity to make a great deal of money buying and selling slaves. From the beginning, slaves tried to escape from the owners but attempting to escape or helping someone to escape was dangerous and could end in severe punishment or death. The Underground Railroad is the name for the secret route fugitves took to escape to freedom. It was not a real railroad, but rather a series of safe hiding places called "stations', those who helped the fugitives travel to one station were called "railroad workers" and those who helped the fugitives get food and places to sleep were known as "sataion masters". Qualifiers are 15 different events where a museum, historical site or historical marker has been viewed. The 3.5" x 4" patch depicts a picture of an authentic auction block that was used during the slavery days. According to US History the Underground Railroad spanned 29 states. The cost of the book is $10. Book can be purchased from Frances Taylor, Derby City Walkers, 4943 Winding Spring Circle, Louisville, KY 40245. For more information contact 502-494-3594 or frant98@bellsouth.net.

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

Path of InventionsWalking the Path of Inventions
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. It is easy and exciting to complete the program with only 20 different walks. The walk qualifiers include but not limited to: walking going by well known inventors or reseachers homes, gravesites, labs, workplaces, or museums; walks with well known inventors or researchers named streets, parks, statues and buildings as part of the route;  walks going by Universities and Colleges with published research or notable work on inventions that have taken or presently are taking place. The qualifying events must be 20 different AVA sanctioned walks but you can use the same inventor/researcher multiple times in different AVA sanctioned walks.. Order books now for $10 from Finger Lakes Region Volkssport Club, Sue Connelly, 1041 Church Street, Cortland, NY 13045. For more info contact Sue att sjconnelly@aol.comm.

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.

Book sales ended 12/31/17 for these Special Programs:
Animal Safari
Food for Thought
Redeem completed books to POC for award by 12/31/18.
See Ended Special Programs web page for POC information endedprog.php

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