It’s summer, and I’m always on the lookout for *cheap* activites to keep the kidlets from zoning out on video games all summer. A friend of mine introduced me to Letter Boxing. Here’s how Atlas Quest defines it:

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with “treasure-hunts” in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. The prize: a miniature piece of art known as a rubber stamp—usually a unique, hand-carved creation.

Letterboxers stamp their discoveries in a personal journal, then use their own rubber stamp, called a signature stamp, by stamping it into the logbook found with the letterbox, perhaps writing a note about the weather or their adventures in finding the letterbox.

In our backpack, which stays with us at all times, I have all 3 of our logbooks (notebooks)…one for each member of your crew. I carry our family stamp that identifies our group, a stamp pad and a pen for writing notes. I get the clues off of Atlas Quest and off we go to hunt!!

Some tips: Be stealthy. Don’t let others see you seeking/hiding, because there is a risk they will go behind you and throw away the box. When rehiding your box for the next finder, make sure you hide it better than you found it.

Seems simple right? I started it for the kids, but I’m the one who always asks to go now. I love the treasure hunt, and I love getting out in the fresh air. Do it with your family today!

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