Go Trea­sure Hunt­ing!

Try let­ter­box­ing

Prevention (USA) - - CONTENTS - BY MARY GILES AND BRYAN MCCREARY

If you’ve never gone let­ter­box­ing be­fore, you’re in for a real treat. Let­ter­box­ers place small weath­er­proof boxes in pub­lic places like city parks and state forests, then post clues on­line for ad­ven­tur­ers to fol­low. It’s fun (not just for kids!) to puz­zle through the di­rec­tions, see your sur­round­ings in a new way— and find the hid­den “trea­sure.” (You can also try geo­caching, a high­ertech ver­sion: It re­quires a geo­caching app and a smartphone, and you use GPS to find hid­den boxes.)

You’ll Need:

Small note­book, pen, ink pad, stamp

Get­ting Started:

Visit let­ter­box­ing.org or at­lasquest.com for tips and to find a hike near you, then crack the code or fol­low the clues to make your way to the let­ter­box.

When You Find a Box:

In­side you’ll dis­cover a log­book and a rub­ber stamp. Mark your book with the box’s stamp, then sign the box’s book and stamp it with your own per­sonal stamp to prove that your fam­ily found the trea­sure.

Make It Per­sonal:

You can make a cus­tom­ized fam­ily stamp—or one for each fam­ily mem­ber—by stick­ing an ad­he­sive craft foam shape such as a flower or shell to a cork or small block.

Keep It Go­ing:

Look for let­ter­boxes on get­aways and va­ca­tions, and con­sider cre­at­ing your own let­ter­box for oth­ers to find..

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