Have you ever gone letterboxing? The kids and I do every now and then and it is very exciting and rewarding. This is the perfect time of year to go on these adventures.
Letterboxing is a living puzzle and problem solving activity. From Wikipedia – Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several websites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a notebook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp, either on their personal notebook or on a postcard, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s “visitors’ book” or “logbook” – as proof of having found the box and letting other letterboxers know who has visited.
This is a great family activity and a way to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in while you are at it.
We do letterboxing whenever time allows. We are by no means obsessed with it. There is not any great expense involved. We use regular notebooks (each child has their own and I carry a family one) and we each have our own stamps. I made our stamps by simply carving our names out of a white eraser – they work just fine. Remember to carve the name or whatever you are doing as a reverse image. We also bring a rubber stamp. Sometimes there is a rubber stamp at the site but if it has been there for some time you can’t rely on the stamp still being usable. We refer mostly to Letterboxing of North America to locate searches at http://www.letterboxing.org
Connecticut state forests all have official letterboxes in them. If you find five letterboxes from either the Centennial Series or the Seedling Series you will earn a custom designed Connecticut State Forests Centennial Patch. Proof of your visit is obtained from the stamp record you leave as well as through your own record book recording the stamp you received. If you visit at least one of the official letterboxes in each of the 32 State Forests they will send you a walking stick!