Letterboxing 101: Get your kids out of the house

Lisa DeGloria

Bio:Lisa DeGloria is a freelance writer and mother of three boys. She lives in Newburyport.

Are you looking for ways to get your kids outdoors and away from the TV? Do your children like treasure hunts? Would they be interested in a treasure hunt that doesn’t end, one that you can participate in anywhere in the world? If this peaks your interest, give letterboxing a try. 

Letterboxing is an outdoor activity in which participants hide and search for small, weatherproof boxes in a public places, such as parks. Inside the box are a logbook, pen, and stamp. Clues to finding the box are posted on a Web site. Once you find the letterbox, you stamp the logbook with your own personal stamp and use their stamp on your own logbook, then you replace the box exactly as you found it, leaving it for the next person to find. According to letterboxing.org, there are 20,000 letterboxes hidden all across the country.