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Special Programs

Special Programs

Special Programs are offered as special incentives to get everyone out and active. When you sign up for a Special Program, you will receive a book, much like an event or distance book, in which you record the qualifying events. Use the links below to get all the specific information for each program.

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Sacramento Walking Sticks Programs
NameAward/BookDescription
Walking With Woody Walking With Woody patch This program is for anyone (member or not) who walks for credit and who wants to explore California. Take the initial of the city you are walking in (California only) and spell out "Sacramento Walking Sticks" to get the patch to the left. Send a check or money order for $10 payable to either "SWS" or "Sacramento Walking Sticks" and send it to:

Tammi Kerch
Attn: Sacramento Walking Sticks
2333 Coffeberry Road
West Sacramento CA 95691-4558


Include your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number along with your check.

The book you receive will have a complete listing of all the rules for this special program. For questions or more information contact Tammi Kerch at Tamker32@hotmail.com

Sticks Walk Stick's Walks Sticks Walk Stick's Walks book This program is for Sacramento Walking Sticks Members Only!
Cost: $0 for members who walk for credit. Participate for credit in 10 Sacramento Walking Sticks events and you will receive a "Stick's Buck" (a $3 coupon good for paying credit for any Sacramento Walking Sticks event). Get yours at our next event or Membership Meeting.
Runs indefinitely.

You're not a member and want in on the fun? Print and complete the Membership Application form from our Membership page.
Want to start walking for credit? Go to our Incentive Program page.
Doggie Do Walks

Email: Request Pin and Book
Doggie Do book This program is for Sacramento Walking Sticks Members Only!
Cost: $0 for members who walk for credit. Track your doggie's walks. There is space for 30 walks. Use the email link to the left to request your doggie's book and pin. Be sure to let us know what his/her name is so we can get the pin right!
Runs indefinitely.

You're not a member and want in on the fun? Print and complete the Membership Application form from our Membership page.
Want to start walking for credit? Go to our Incentive Program page.

 

Out of State Club Programs
LinkAwardDescription
Birds & Beasts Birds & Beasts Award This challenge requires you to walk in a town or by a named geographical site on the walk route that contains the name of a bird or a beast (insects and fish also count!). Twenty-four (24) events required. Examples of cities would be Troutdale, OR; Eagle Point, OR; Swansboro, NC; Beavercreek, OH; Lone Wolf, OK. Examples of named geographic sites are Donkey Creek Park (Gig Harbor, WA), Blackbird Island (Leavenworth, WA), Iron Horse Trail (North Bend, WA), Eagle Creek Park (Indianapolis, IN) Named sites include lakes, parks, ponds, mountains, rivers, etc. If an event passes by two qualifying geographical sites, you may imprint the stamp twice in the book (once for each site) if you walk the event twice. For example, the Cannon Beach year round event passes by Whale Park and Elk Park. So you could walk Cannon Beach event twice and stamp your Birds and Beasts book twice, once for each qualifying location. To participate in this challenge, obtain a record book by sending a check for $10 payable to the Turnaround Trekkers at this address: Turnaround Trekkers Volkssport Club, Attn: Birds & Beasts Challenge, P. O. Box 222, Hammond, OR 97121-0222. For questions or more information contact Debbie Brown @ 503-325-3863 or debbra.brown@gmail.com or Arline LaMear @ 503-338-6883 or cliffandarline@msn.com Only 200 books will be sold.
Runs indefinitely

 

IVV Americas Programs
LinkAwardDescription
Walk IVV Americas Walk IVV Americas Awards Each program book contains space for an IVV stamp from twenty (20) IVV events. Any sanctioned IVV event held anywhere in North, Central or South America, the Caribbean or South Pacific can be entered in this book. Complete your book and return it by postal mail to receive the Walk IVV-Americas patch and certificate.
Runs indefinitely.

 

AVA requires that sponsoring clubs honor returned special program books for one year after the book sales have ended! Some clubs honor returned books for even a longer period. Please contact the POC or the sponsoring club for information on how they will handle returned books.

 

American Volkssport Association Programs
LinkAwardDescription
50 States/51 Capitols 50 States/51 Capitols Award Walk our land and achieve the goal of walking in each state and/or each state capital. Special record books now available to chart your progress towards this goal.
Runs indefinitely.
Walking America, A to Z Walking America A to Z Award 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 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, OH 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. Direct questions to karen@ava.org
Runs indefinitely.
Youth Program - AVA Master Program Master Program Awards Team up and walk with a child or youth and your team will earn a special award.
Runs indefinitely.
Youth Program - Girl Scouts AVA Girl Scouts Award Find out more about the collaboration between the AVA and the Girl Scouts of the USA.
Runs yearly.
Email: Appalachian Trail Appalachian Trail Award 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
Book sales end on 12/31/2028
Email: Border Crossings Border Crossings Award 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: Don Vartanian, 6330 Woods Edge N Drive, #2-B, Indianapolis, IN 46250-3530. Patch: 3" x 4". Sponsored by the Michigan Pathfinders, email donvart@yahoo.com phone 317.842.1072.
Book sales end on 12/31/2023
Email: Carousels Across America Carousels Across America Award 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. Cost of books is $10. Order your book Albany Fitwalkers Volkssporting Club, PO Box 1218, Albany, OR 97321. POC: Don Reed Email: donreed1946@yahoo.com or 541-974-5780.
Book sales end on 12/31/2021
Email: Little Free Libraries Little Free Libraries Award 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2021
Email: Walk Like An Olympian Walk Like An Olympian Award 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
Book sales end on 12/31/2020
Ice Cream Parlors Ice Cream Parlors Award 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. A colorful, 3" x 4" fully embroidered patch of a 3-scoop decadent banana split sundae on a shiny metal 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2019
Email: Underground Railroad Underground Railroad Award 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 "station masters". 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. Fifteen walks are needed to qualify for the patch. Each walk must be a sanctioned AVA walk passing by a museum, historical site, or historical marker that is in connection to the Underground Railroad. The cost of the book is $10. Book can be purchased from Frances Taylor, Derby City Walkers, 7836 Royalty Ave, Apt B, Louisville, KY 40222. For more information contact 502-494-3594 or frant98@bellsouth.net.
Book sales end on 12/31/2019
Email: Bridges - Spanning the USA Bridges - Spanning the USA Award 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. Qualifers total 16 for this program. 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. Order your book from Central Washington Sun Striders, c/o Millie Haupt, 2510 So. 52nd Ave, Yakima, WA 98903. Cost is $10.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: Doin' The Louisiana Purchase  Doin' The Louisiana Purchase Award 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: Lady Liberty Lady Liberty Award 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: wikipedia.org; or cheyennetroop101.org. 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: Make a Wish - Water Fountains Make a Wish - Water Fountains Award 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
National Parks Centennial National Parks Centennial Award 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. 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Points of Reference Points of Reference Award 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 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Special National Officer Book Special National Officer Book Award Collect the special stamps from Regional Directors, National Officers and the AVA Executive Director at sanctioned events. Only stamps with the special center slug denoting the NEC member at the event qualifies. To purchase a book send $10.00 per book to AVA Special National Officer Book, 1001 Pat Booker Rd, Suite 101, Universal City, Texas 78148 or email karen@ava.org You may also purchase one from your AVA Regional Director or other National Officer.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
State Street Sashay State Street Sashay Award 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 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: Take a Walk In a City Park Take a Walk In a City Park Award 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Treasure Hunt Treasure Hunt Award 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. For a list of qualifying events, see 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Vice Presidential Walks Vice Presidential Walks Award 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: United States Post Offices United States Post Offices Award 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.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: Walking America's Ports of Call Walking America's Ports of Call Award 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. The walk needs only to go through the city or town in which the port is or was located, not the port itself. Need some suggestions? Wikipedia lists 184 current ports in 36 different states (check out wikipedia.org), 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 Kitsap Volkssporters and mail to Sharon Streitt, 1783 NW Rock Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Send questions to Sharon at raneysl@aol.com.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Walking the Path of Inventions Walking the Path of Inventions Award 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 at sjconnelly@aol.com.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
Email: Walk the USA - Street by Street Walk the USA - Street by Street Award 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; email arnoldtea@hotmail.com. Alternate contact: Cynthia Hines, 3803 S. 128th E. Ave, Tulsa, OK 74146.
Book sales end on 12/31/2018
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