What is Letterboxing?
Letterboxing is a "treasure hunt" activity. People (also known as Letterboxers) hide small boxes (also called Letterboxes) in publicly accessible places and provide clues to finding the box. These clues can be posted online or in print, or they may be provided by friends. There are about 25,000 letterboxes hidden in North America alone. A letterbox usually contains a log book and a stamp, and may contain an ink pad. Once you figure out a clue and find a letterbox, you make an imprint of your stamp on their log book with your name or message and then you stamp your logbook with their stamp.
What do I need to start Letterboxing?
- A notebook (logbook) for you to keep whenever you visit a Letterbox. This notebook will be for you to stamp with the stamp you find from the clue.
- A stamp that is unique to you. You should use a stamp that is not common or something that not many people have. It’s like your own fingerprint.
- An inkpad.
- Clues. You can find clues on www.letterboxing.org or through other Letterboxers that you may know.
- A unique “trail name” that you would use to identify yourself with other people who do letterboxing.
- A pencil and a plastic bag to keep everything in.
What do I do once I find a Letterbox?
You should always move away from the site where the letterbox was, just in case people are looking for the same letterbox. You wouldn’t want to give the secret hiding spot away! Always respect the area where you found the clue. You should always leave that area the same as when you found it. That means, after you exchange stamps, put everything back the way you found it and hide it for the next person to find in the same spot. If the letterbox you find is damaged, please contact the owner (their information or "trail name" should be in their logbook). You are now ready to find another Letterbox somewhere else.
Click on the winning move for "X" below to find the First Clue!
Mastered the first clue?
How about our letterbox hidden outside the library walls? Our second clue can be found here!