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Join us for Fun, Fitness, Friendship, and Food!!!


We are an international organization offering self-paced physical activities, predominately walking, for all to enjoy. 

Routes are developed by clubs and participants track their accomplishments through event stamps kept in record books.  The low-cost incentive program rewards personal accomplishments. 

Trails are selected for scenic interest, historic points, natural beauty and walkability.  It is a great way to learn about the area, to get exercise, to meet new people and to have fun. 

Come and walk with us!


Club membership runs from January 1st to December 31st.

  • If joining between January 1st and June 30th, Individual is $10 or Family is $15.

  • If joining between July 1st and September 30th, Individual is $5 or Family is $10.

  • If joining October 1st or after, Individual is $10 or Family is $15.
    [Membership is valid thru December of the next year.]

Plus $10 for a New Walker Packet

for those who are new to volkssporting.   

To join the East Tennessee Wanderers, print and fill out our Membership Application,  then mail it to the address on the bottom of the application.


First green Event book for your first 10 events anywhere in the world ($6 value),

First blue Distance book for your first 500 kilometers anywhere in the world ($6 value),

Three coupons for free credit at events, ($9 value -- These coupons are good only at events in the USA.) 

Note:  Free coupons can not be used with the Online Start Box (OSB).  They need to be given to the club directly for payment of local walks.  

One coupon for a free issue of The American Wanderer (TAW) bimonthly newspaper,

One coupon for 10% off your first purchase of AVA merchandise,

One coupon for a patch for completing an event in May - National Physical Fitness and Sports Month,

The Quick Guide to Volkssporting,

A Participant Handout, and

An order form for the 50-State Capitals Book, and an AVA membership form.

Plus, new walking friends!!! 

Information about events for club members only can be accessed at https://www.groupworks.com/.  New members are added to the group when they send in their membership application. 


After you fill up your event or distance book, make a copy and mail the original to AVA.  They will process it, then send back your award incentives and book. 

American Volkssport Association

1008 S. Alamo Street

San Antonio, TX  78210

In addition to the Event and Distance books, you can order Special Program books.  Check the AVA website at   http://cb.ava.org/specprog.php for complete information. 

Special Programs with end dates:

  • Airports - Celebrating American Flights (12/31/22),

  • Appalachian Trail (12/31/28),

  • Border Crossings (12/31/23),

  • Great Lakes, Great Fun, Great Fitness, Great Friendships (12/31/23),

  • Lighthouses II (12/31/25),

  • Mayflower - 400th Anniversary Walk (12/31/22),

  • Par for the Course (12/31/25),

  • Rails-to-Trail (12/31/25),

  • Rockin' Around the Clock (12/31/22),

  • Town Halls/City Halls (12/31/24),

  • Walking the United States (50 States/51 Capitals) (No end date),

  • Walking the USA A - Z (No end date), and

  • Walking with America’s Veterans (12/31/27). 

Local Veterans Memorials created by David Bonewitz

Important Note:  Most programs allow the participants up to (12) twelve months starting from the official end date to complete any Special Program.

Plus, there are other options to pursue: 

Centurion Achievement Challenge

Virtual Online Programs (On Hold -- Being Revised in 2023)


Plus, you can register to become a member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA).  AVA is America's Walking Club.  It is $25 for an individual or $30 for a family.  The membership form and additional information is at http://cb.ava.org/membership.

Note:  You do not have to join AVA to join the East Tennessee Wanderers or to earn kudos for the event/distance books, but there are added benefits, such as:

"The American Wanderer,"

Membership ID Card,

AVA Membership Discounts, 

Travel Discounts, and

Brochure/Form for the next Convention.


Updated 12/11/22

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