The American Volkssport Association (AVA), the Texas Volkssport Association (TVA), and local clubs all provide incentives for you to enjoy and track your achievements.
The core of these incentives is to log the events you participate in and the distances you achieve. As each of these milestones is completed, you receive a patch, a pin, a certificate, and recognition in The American Wanderer, AVA's national newspaper. Recognition awards, explained in the IVV Book Guide, start at completion of as little as 10 events.
NEW WALKER PACKET
AVA makes it easy to get started! You can purchase a New Walker Packet (at least a $21 value) from a local Club for $5.00 or from AVA Headquarters for $6.50 (plus tax for Texas residents, includes shipping). The packet includes a record book for your first 10 events, a distance book for your first 500 kilometers, 3 coupons for free event credit, a coupon for a free copy of The American Wanderer, a 10% off coupon for your first purchase of AVA merchandise, and more information about volkssporting.
The AVA also authorizes Special Programs that add enjoyment and challenge to your walking adventures. Some of these include walking: a sanctioned event in any city whose name starts with "A", "B", . . . "Z"; in all 50 states and capitals; 100 events in a calendar year; with the Girl Scouts; through a city park; past U.S. Post Offices; and many more! These are purchased separately and, upon completion, you receive a patch (like those below) and/or other recognition.