Ever hear of letterboxing? I hadn't either, until a friend had told me about it about 2 years ago. And apparently at that time in my life I had too much happening, so we never took it any further. But, now, my boys are gonna need activity this summer. And not running around mama while she's pulling her hair out, kind of activity either.
Letterboxing is kind of like Geocaching, if you have ever heard of that. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
Well, letterboxing is a simpler version of that. And you don't need a GPS system. Which is great for us, because we don't own one! LETTERBOXING is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels.
To get started, you’ll need a “trail name,” rubber stamp, pencil or pen, small sketch book, one or more ink pads or brush markers, a simple compass, and clues.
So, basically you can click on a map, to which state you want to find the letterboxing boxes. When you find a location, you can get some very simple clues to find the box or you can get some with more elaborate directions. You end up stamping your book with the stamp found in the box, and stamping with YOUR stamp in the notebook found in the letterbox. To see exactly how this works, go HERE. I just didn't want to have to type everything our that has already been said very well.
So, there it is Letterboxing, a fun (cheap) family activity!
Have you ever tried letterboxing? If you have did your family like it? We will be doing this, this summer. We will keep you updated on it!