Membership

Membership in Vikings North America (VNA) is open to anyone. However, our safety regulations prohibit anyone under 18 years of age from participating in combat displays. Membership forms for children under 18 must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

The annual membership fee is due in January each year. VNA accepts membership from anywhere in the United States. If you have unanswered questions about joining Vikings North America, contact our Membership Officer, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alternatively, the Groups Directory will point you in the direction of a local contact who can provide more information and an introduction to what we do.

Membership levels are as follows:

  • Adult membership: Full membership for adults over 18 years of age, $20.00
  • Junior membership: for teenagers 13-18 years of age, $10.00
  • Child membership: for children 12 and younger, $5.00
  • Temporary membership: 1-event membership, $10.00

Membership benefits include:

  • A VNA membership card.
  • The VNA newsletter--The Saga--delivered in hard copy by real mail to keep members informed of events, resources, and society business
  • Access to the VikingsNA discussion group and any other applicable Vikings North America egroups
  • Coverage under a group liability insurance policy for VNA-sponsored events
  • The opportunity to be recognized via our awards system.

As of early 2008, VNA is a separate organizational entity from The Vikings (UK). VNA members who wish to maintain membership in The Vikings (UK) should contact them directly and pay the UK dues.

Also note that as of January 2007, any group applying for membership into The Vikings North America must have at least 4 paid members in the group. For prospective members who are not within easy reach of other groups or who are still in the process of organizing a group, we accept "provincial" membership. On the membership form, enter "provincial" as the group name.

Applying for Membership

We have implemented a payment gateway using this web site. This should offer greater convenience for all. However, if you are more comfortable with the traditional payment methods (mailing a check) see below.

These plans offer the same membership levels as before (Adult, Junior and Youth). For each plan, you may choose between a 1-year membership or an auto-renewing 1-year membership. The auto-renewing memberships will charge you again each year on January 31st. You will first receive a reminder (actually, several reminders) that the expiration is approaching. You can change the membership or stop the payment through your profile settings on this site or through PayPal.

Adult membership subscription

$20.00

1-year recurring Adult membership

Junior membership subscription

$10.00

1-year recurring Junior (13-18) membership

Youth membership subscription

$5.00

1-year recurring Youth (12 and under) membership

Adult membership

$20.00

1-year Adult membership

Junior membership

$10.00

1-year Junior (13-18) membership

Youth membership

$5.00

1-year Youth (12 and under) membership

To pay with a check, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Membership Form here (click for Word doc) and it will either open automatically or you may have to open it manually. Don't forget to save it to a place you can locate on your computer.
  2. To use the membership form, open it in Microsoft word or any other word processor. Highlight (select) each line where an entry needs to be made and begin typing. Once you've finished all the areas that can be typed, save the doc to your computer (make sure you know where it was saved to...select your desktop as an easy place to find it). Once you've saved it, you can attach it to an email addressed to the Membership Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also attach a picture of yourself for the membership card (a .jpg file works best).
  3. Pay the membership dues noted above by writing a personal check or money order. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Vikings of North America.
  4. If you are paying or filing membership forms by mail, please use the address below.
  5. If you have multiple members joining or paying another years' dues at the same time, you may send the paperwork in as a group instead of one at a time.

VNA Membership

609 NW 17th Street

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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VIKINGS OF NORTH AMERICA, INC.
CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY

I, the undersigned, do hereby state that I wish to participate in activities sponsored by Vikings of North America LLC, an Oklahoma-based company (hereafter VNA). VNA has rules which govern and may restrict the activities in which I can participate. These rules include, but are not limited to: the VNA constitution, VNA combat rules, VNA village guideline, authenticity requirements and chapter regulations. VNA makes no representations or claims as to the condition or safety of the land, structures or surroundings, whether owned, leased, operated or maintained by VNA. I understand that all activities are VOLUNTARY and that I do not have to participate unless I choose to do so. I understand that these activities are potentially dangerous or harmful to my person or property, and that by participating I voluntarily accept and assume the risk of injury to myself or damage to my property. I understand that VNA does NOT provide any insurance coverage for my person or my property. I acknowledge that I am responsible for my safety and my own health care needs, and for the protection of my property. In exchange for allowing me to participate in these VNA activities and events, I agree to release from liability, agree to indemnify, and hold harmless VNA, and any VNA agent, officer or VNA employee acting within the scope of their duties, for any injury to my person or damage to my property. This Release shall be binding upon myself, successors in interest, and/or any person(s) suing on my behalf. I have read the statements in this document. I agree with its terms and have voluntarily signed it. I understand that this document is complete unto itself and that any oral promises or representations made to me concerning this document and/or its terms are not binding upon VNA, its officers, agents and/or employees.

 I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A LEGAL DOCUMENT. I HAVE UNDERSTOOD THIS RELEASE AND I UNDERSTAND ALL ITS TERMS. I EXECUTE IT VOLUNTARILY AND WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF ITS MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE.

Many a fifth grade rebel has relished the opportunity to point out that Leif Erikson was in the New World long before Christopher Columbus.  But how many of those fifth graders know what proof we have of Leif's visit?

In recent years, the evidence for the presence of Scandinavian explorers in North America before 1000 A.D. seems to grow every month.  We have long-house foundations at L'Anse aux Meadows and tools for spinning wool at a time when native Americans wore only animal skins.  We have copper-alloy boat rivets when the native cultures were only working with stone and bone.  The Kensington "runestone" goes in and out of favor but there are lately other indications that Scandinavians explored and traded deep into this continent.

The Vikings of North America reenactment organization was formed to share knowledge of these amazing explorers and to fairly represent the peoples we collectively refer to as Vikings.  We cultivate all the skills needed to survive in the Viking era and we share what we have learned freely with anyone interested. Our goal is to educate ourselves and others about the challenges these explorers and settlers faced and about the historical realities of life in the Viking age.

We are guided first by archeology, keeping our representation close to the recorded physical culture left behind in Viking era settlements. We have strict rules concerning the fabrics and dyes used in our reenactor clothing and the use of metals, bone, leather and fur. We disallow modern items that would "break the spell." Our aim is to provide an accurate and educational portrayal of the Viking period, with an emphasis on the daily life of the period. And now and again, we have a little fun reenacting the more warlike aspects of life in what was a formative period in European history.

There are many ways to participate. Some simply enjoy studying the Vikings and participating in informed discussion. Others are experimental archeologists with their own "need to know"--a passion to learn about textiles, paint, weaving, woodworking, blacksmithing and even iron smelting. Many enjoy living in a Viking period encampment, experiencing firsthand the challenges of daily life in a former age (even if only for the weekend). And some are looking for the warrior life, recreating Viking combat and reliving great battles. If you want to get involved, get in touch with your nearest VNA group or join us on Facebook.

Many of our members are available for school visits (in character) and our groups can add education and thrills to your local festivals. Contact us to find out who is available in your area. We were all once fifth graders, too. The difference is that now we know what Leif left behind--spindle whorls, ship rivets, ring pins--and we can probably pull one out of our bag to show you.