Seek and Find

by Daryl-Lynne Gottier

Letterboxing combines exploring the outdoors, solving clues, hunting for treasure and collecting rubber-stamp designs.

How does it work? Letterboxes are waterproof, plastic containers hidden in beautiful spots. Each box contains a rubber stamp and a small notebook. The person who hides the box writes clues to help others find it. Ready to search? All you need is an adult, a rubber stamp, an ink pad and a small notebook. 

To get clues for your area, follow this link and click on Letterboxes, then Browse Map. Find your state, choose the area you want to explore and pick a box that sounds interesting. Click on the box name to view the clues.

Sometimes following letterbox clues isn't easy. But if you solve the puzzle, you'll find the box. Open it, and stamp your personal stamp in the guest book to show the person who hid the box that you were able to find it. Then take the stamp from the box and press it into your own notebook. This makes a great record of all the boxes you find.

Start simply, with a letterbox near your home and a rubber stamp you have or choose at a store. After that, you may want to try hiding a box yourself. So grab your family, find some clues and go search for hidden treasure!

This article originally appeared in the July 2011 issue of Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine. Copyright © 2011 by Daryl-Lynne Gottier Used by permission. Photo © Ron Nickel.