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 12/31/16 for these Special Programs:
Alternative Capitals
Cities In Song
Honoring Our Flag
Lakes and Reservoirs
National Register of Historic Places
Trekking With the Trees
Water Towers
You'll Never Walk Alone
Redeem completed books to POC for award by 12/31/17.
See Ended Special Programs web page for POC information endedprog.php



AmphitheatresAmphitheatres
Program runs January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2018. Any sanctioned AVA event in the USA where the participant walks in or by an amphitheatre qualifies for this special program. Commercial amphitheatres for entertainment, performances or sports do not qualify, nor do indoor amphitheatres. Examples of amphitheatres which qualify for this special program may be located in national/state parks, Boy Scout camps, city parks, and at museums. Only one Amphitheatre qualifier may be listed per event. One entry, per calendar year, is permitted for Year Round and Seasonal events. Duplicate event numbers for multiple day traditional events, is not allowed. Insert cards may be used and attached to this booklet, but no write-in entries will be accepted. Qualifier for 15 different sanctioned events. Must be outdoors and must have a seating arrangement for the audience. Amphitheatres are usually built with a semicircular, round, oval or square plan with or without tiered seating. Patch: 4 1/2" x 3 1/2", book costs $10, checks payable to Virginia Vagabonds. Sponsored by the Virginia Vagabonds, Point of Contact - Art Whittaker, 15 Gibson Road, Hampton, VA 23669, email immartianrover@gmail.com, phone 757.723.4934. Alternate Contact: SamTollett, runsbears@gmail.com, phone 757-766-3065.


Animal SafariAnimal Safari
Program runs January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2018. County, city, town, or village, park or preserve, body of water or bridge, mountain or distinctive building, etc, or the designation used to identify an animal feature of the place qualify. If the name of the place or feature uses the name of an animal or animal—related term—such as the Nemo, SD Guest Ranch Walk or Chattanooga, TN Hunter Museum—it qualifies. In addition, the adventurer will be able to enjoy the pastoral in places like Lake Swano (Aberdeen, WA) as well as the distinctive such as the historical Elks Lodge in Raton, NM or Deer Mountain in Estes Park, CO. Walk your way through the animal kingdom of the domesticated as well as the wild creatures that populate our planet. Qualifier: for 15 sanctioned events from an agenda of activities in walks, bikes, skis, or swims. Patch: 3 1/2" x 4", book costs $10, checks payable to Twin Cities Volkssports. Point of Contact - Lois Head, PO Box 2162, St Cloud, MN 56302-2162, email LMHead@StCloudState.edu, phone 320.252.7348. Alternate contact: Ken Legaard, Bloomington, MN.


BoardwalksBoardwalks
Program runs January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2018. A boardwalk is a constructed pedestrian walkway that is utilized as a walking path and trail over bogs and wetlands and above fragile ecosystems. Boardwalks may be along or overlooking beaches. The boardwalk must be at least 25 feet in length, usually built of wood but those constructed with a type of composite lumber are acceptable for use in the special program. Qualifier for 15 different sanctioned events. One entry, per calendar year, is permitted for Year Round and Seasonal events. Duplicate event numbers, for multiple day traditional events is not allowed. Patch: 4 1/2" x 3 1/2", book costs $10, checks payable to Virginia Vagabonds. Sponsored by the Virginia Vagabonds, Point of Contact - Art Whittaker, 15 Gibson Road, Hampton, VA 23669, email immartianrover@gmail.com, phone 757.723.4934. Alternate Contact: SamTollett, runsbears@gmail.com, phone 757-766-3065.


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.


BridgesBridges - Spanning the USA
Program runs January  1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. It's simple to qualify for the Bridges program - the route must go under or over a bridge; for example, a pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks, wood bridges over a mountain stream or a highway bridge over a city street would all qualify. Bridges, either named or unnamed, can also cross any water-way, ravine, marsh, road, or railroad. The San Francisco Golden Gate and the Brooklyn bridges were chosen for the 4"x3" embroidered patch to emphasize the country-wide aspect of the program. Complete 16 different sanctioned events where the route goes over or under a bridge. Order your book from Central Washington Sun Striders, c/o Millie Haupt, 2510 So. 52nd Ave, Yakima, WA 98903. Cost is $10. For more info contact m.haupt@charter.net.


  Doin' The Louisiana PurchaseDoin' The Louisiana Purchase
Program runs January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. The objective is to do one walk in each of the 15 states that were made in whole or part from the territory of the Louisiana Purchase which makes up about 23% of the territory of the US. Regions included in this program are the North Central, South Central, Rocky Mountain and Southwest. The patch will be of the USA, colored yellow, with the Louisiana Purchase highlighted in green with the 15 states borders highlighted. Qualifier for 15 different sanctioned events — 1 per each of the 15 states. Patch: approximately 4" x 6", book costs $10, checks payable to Nebraska Wander Freunde Trailblazers. Point of Contact - Butch Spaulding, PO Box 8147, Omaha, NE 68108, email bs1preznfwt@aol.com, phone 712.322.2797. Alternate contact: Jeanne Miller, Omaha, NE.


Food For ThoughtFood For Thought
Program runs January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2018. This Food for Thought Special Program encourages walkers to select from a menu of events that have food-named or food-related characteristics. For instance, you can start the morning with a walk in Kansas City's Strawberry Hill District, have lunch at Madison's Picnic Point, dinner at Arkansas' Pea Ridge and at bedtime, try Hershey's Chocolate Avenue or Kittanning's Hazel Street or Cherry Street. County, city, town or village, park or preserve, body of water or bridge, mountain or distinctive building, etc. or the designation can be used to identify a feature of the place. If the name of the place or feature uses the name of a food or beverage item or a food related term — such as Norfolk's Baker Hall — it qualifies. Qualifier for 15 different sanctioned events. Patch: 3 1/2" x 4", book costs $10, checks payable to Central Minnesota Volksspports. Point of Contact - Lois Head, PO Box 2162, St Cloud, MN 56302-2162, email LMHead@StCloudState.edu, phone 320.252.7348. Alternate contact: Ken Legaard, Bloomington, MN.  



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.


Lady LibertyLady Liberty
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. To qualify the program will have participants walk by, or be able to see from the trail, any Statue of Liberty or replica on any Traditional or Year Round event. The qualifier must be stationary and non-moving, i.e. flags do not count, nor people costumed as Lady Liberty. Murals of the Statue of Liberty will also qualify. You must record a total of 15 "sightings" walked to complete this special program. No write-ins allowed, but insert cards will be permitted. For possible locations of the replica Statues of Liberty, please see the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicas_of_the_Statue_of_Liberty#United_States; or http://cheyennetroop101.org/liberty/. Cost is $10. Those completing the program will be awarded a full-color embroidered patch of the Statue of Liberty. Send a check payable to Tulsa Walking Club, POC Teresa Arnold, 1001 E. Tacoma Street, Broken Arrow, OK 47012. Alternate contact Cynthia Hines, 3803 S. 128th E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74146.



Make A WishMake a Wish at a Water Fountain
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Fountains in yards will not count. No drinking fountain, aerating fountain or waterfall will count. 20 sanction events are required. The info needed in the book includes the date, the place where the fountain is found, city, and state. When ordering a book, please include your email address for our information, if you have one. Books can be purchased from Sharon Snyder, Lawton Walkers, 1714 NW 49th St, Lawton, OK 73505, walkingfan@aol.com, or Suzi Bentley, 1104 SE Alta Lane, Lawton OK 73501, sebentley51@aol.com. The fee is $10, which includes the program book, patch and postage costs for the program.
 

National ParksNational Parks Centennial
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Rather than limit the experience to National Parks and withhold some walkers from satisfying this challenge, we will accept as qualifying walks, those events that pass by a National monument or National memorial. Further, the walker may claim an event once each calendar year. Qualifiers for 15 events (1 event per calendar year only) in a National Park or pass by a National Monument or National memorial. For more details about the challenge, go to the club website at http://walkingwithecw.org/. Books can be purchased from Diane Hildebrand, PO Box 59592, Renton, WA 98058 walkin-crazydi@hotmail.com. The fee is $10, which includes the program book, patch and postage costs for the program.


Points of ReferencePoints of Reference
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Qualifying Points of Reference include directions as well as dimensions of space, time, and temperature. Please consult the website set up to answer all your questions at http://centralmnvolkssports.wix.com/cmv. Complete 15 different sanctioned events of any type of Volkssport where the route occurs in or passes by such reference points. Events may be used multiple times when there are multiple qualifiers. Cost is $10. Sponsored by Central Minnesota Volkssports. Purchase books from Lois Head, CMV Special Programs Coordinator, PO Box 2162, St, Cloud, MN 56302-2162. For more information contact 320-252-7348 or LMHead@StCloudState.edu.


Special National Officer Book ( S.N.O.B.)
Special National Officer Book (S.N.O.B.) Ending December 31, 2018. Booklet is approved by the AVA Executive Council in support of Special Funds Development. The IVV Certification Stamp may be placed in this book. Conditions: Collect the special stamps from Regional Directors, National Officers and the AVA Executive Director at sanctioned events. Only IVV Certification Stamps with the special center slug denoting the NEC member at the event qualifies. To purchase an IVV book send $10.00 per book to address below (no shipping, no discounts). You may also purchase one from your AVA Regional Director or other National Officer. When you have obtained all 15 IVV Certification Stamps, send completed book to AVA Special National Officer Book, 1001 Pat Booker Rd, Suite 101, Universal City, Texas 78148. Your award pin and completed book will be returned to you in 7-10 days. Point of Contact: AVA Headquarters, 210.659.2112 or e-mail Karen@ava.org.


State StreetState Street Sashay
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Complete 10 different sanctioned events of any type of Volkssport where the route goes along a street named State Street. Particpants can do the same event multiple times. For a list of qualifying events, see http://centralmnvolkssports.wix.com/cmv. Cost is $10. Sponsored by Central Minnesota Volkssports. Purchase books from Lois Head, CMV Special Programs Coordinator, PO Box 2162, St, Cloud, MN 56302-2162. For more information contact 320-252-7348 or LMHead@StCloudState.edu.


Take a WalkTake a Walk In a City Park
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. The city park must have a name. No county, state or national parks will be accepted. 20 sanctioned events are required. Information needed in the book includes the date, the name of the park, city and state. When ordering a book, please include your email address for our information, if you have one. Books can be purchased from Sharon Snyder, Lawton Walkers, 1714 NW 49th St, Lawton, OK 73505, walkingfan@aol.com, or Suzi Bentley, 1104 SE Alta Lane, Lawton OK 73501, sebentley51@aol.com. The fee is $10, which includes the program book, patch and postage costs for the program.


Treasure HuntTreasure Hunt
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Remarkable minerals that have the potential to be turned into something of lasting beauty or something beneficial qualify. Places with names or features related to the unearthing of the precious treasures of minerals and gems or medicinal elements or building materials also qualify. Participate in a total of 15 sanctioned events. For a list of qualifying events, see http://centralmnvolkssports.wix.com/cmv.Cost is $10. Sponsored by Twin Cities Volkssports. Purchase books from Lois Head, CMV Special Programs Coordinator, PO Box 2162, St, Cloud, MN 56302-2162. For more information contact 320-252-73488 or LMHead@StCloudState.edu.




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.



Post OfficesUnited States Post Offices
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. When searching for post offices, don't use buildings that provide postal services i.e. grocery stores or drug stores. 20 sanctioned events are required. Use only post office buildings, not rural mailboxes, residential mailboxes or mail drop boxes. Some of the older post offices do not have the zip code on the outside of the building. The website to find the zip code is http://usps.com/zip4/. The information needed in the book includes the date, the zip code, city and state. Books can be purchased from Sharon Snyder, Lawton Walkers, 1714 NW 49th St, Lawton, OK 73505, walkingfan@aol.com, or Suzi Bentley, 1104 SE Alta Lane, Lawton OK 73501, sebentley51@aol.com. The fee is $10, which includes the program book, patch and postage costs for the program.


Vice Presidential Vice Presidential Walks
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2018. To qualify, there must be a significant connection to a VP, and be easily verifiable. Birthplaces, burial places, colleges they attended, places they worked and so on qualify. Signs, statues, markers commemorating some aspect of their lives will qualify. Only 12 walks are required, but each must commemorate a different vice president. Each walking event can be used only once.The cost of book is $10. Sponsored by Twin State Volkssport Association; Pat Stark, 307 Wilder St, White River Jct, VT 05001. Make checks payable to TSVA.


Volcanoes Volcanoes
Program runs January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2018.  Walk and explore new realms with the grandeur and mystery of volcanoes. Volcanoes are listed in 18 states within the United States including Alaska and Hawaii and to the east as far as the States of Virginia, Mississippi, Missouri and South Dakota. Walks qualify if there is a volcanic cone, crater or caldera seen on the walk route. Any sanctioned AVA event including Year Round, Seasonal or Traditional event that meets the criteria can be used. This Special Program would tie in with the AVA Convention in Salem, OR in 2015 with the walk scheduled at Mount St Helens. Qualifier for 10 sanctioned events. Patch: 1 1/2" x 4", book costs $10, checks payable to East County Windwalkers. Point of Contact - Ric Catron, 9879 Enterprise Lane NW G-203, Silverdale, WA 98383, email sempervirens@mindspring.com, phone 360.337.5361. Alternate contact: Louise Dix, Gresham, OR.



Street by Street Walk the USA - Street by Streett
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Book sales begin immediately and the books may be sent now to the purchaser. To qualify, this program will have you walk the United States by walking street names named after cities or states in the U.S. on any sanctioned AVA or IVV Traditional or Year Round event. This will be a program of nationwide interest and qualifiers should be easy to find. There will be a total of 50 "states" walked to complete this special program, but walkers will be allowed to stamp a maximum of three (3) states per event, so long as the city or state-named street is walked for at least one (1) block. No write-ins allowed, but insert cards will be permitted. It will make no difference, if the street is named Place, Court, Circle, Avenue, etc., they will all count. No handwritten entries; inserts will be accepted.. The cost of the book is $10. Send check made payable to Tulsa Walking Club. Those completing the program will be awarded a full-color embroidered patch. To purchase a book or return a completed one, send to: Teresa Arnold, POC, 1001 E. Tacoma Street, Broken Arrow, OK 74012; emaill arnoldtea@hotmail.comm. Alternate contact: Cynthia Hines, 3803 S. 128th E. Ave, Tulsa, OK 74146..


Ports of Call\ Walking America's Ports of Call
Program runs January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018. Redeem completed books by Dec. 31, 2019. Any sanctioned AVA event in cities that include the name "Port" (like Port Angeles, WA or Port Arthur, TX) or that passes through a city and or/location that is now or historically has been an ocean, river, or lake port qualifies! This means you can walk three coastlines (Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf) as well as in Hawaii and Alaska, around the Great Lakes, and along all navigable rivers like the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Red River, Snake, and Columbia, and many others, while accumulating the 24 walks needed to complete this special program. Need some suggestions? Wikipedia lists 184 current ports in 36 different states (check outt http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_North_American_portss), but there are many more that will qualify as historic. If you can identify a location as a past or present ocean, river, or lake port, it will qualify.. Cost is $10 which includes the program book and a colorful 3"x4" patch for finishers. Make your check payable to Olympic Peninsula Explorers and mail to Sharon Streitt, 1783 NW Rock Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Send questions to Sharon att raneysl@aol.comm.


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 12/31/16 for these Special Programs:
Alternative Capitals
Cities In Song
Honoring Our Flag
Lakes and Reservoirs
National Register of Historic Places
Trekking With the Trees
Water Towers
You'll Never Walk Alone
Redeem completed books to POC for award by 12/31/17.
See Ended Special Programs web page for POC information endedprog.php


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