Cold weather, overcrowded malls, and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” have been recurring themes during my past few days. Her ridiculous range mixed with constant sugar-highs from candy canes can only mean one thing: yes, it’s officially Christmas time.
As an early holiday stocking-stuffer, I sent you a virtual treasure map last week known as GEOCACHING. While a bunch of you went out and made u-turns that even your Garmin couldn’t recognize in the hunt for buried treasure, others stayed in and watched re-runs of GLEE in denial of the end of the season (I promise that it will be back soon).
So after some hefty thinking and a recommendation from Meganka Martinez (yes, her parents added ‘ka’ to the end of her name…weird), I have yet another adventure for you to go on.
Sometime in the next week I want you to check out LETTERBOXING!
No, this does not involve violently beating innocent mailboxes with boxing gloves, bats, or any other harmful object (sorry everyone).
Letterboxing is another nationally recognized activity that consists of you and your homies going out and finding a box to leave your mark on. Like geocaching, you start the adventure by going to their website and finding hidden boxes near your humble abode. You then take the hints that are provided for you and get busy! The point of this activity is to leave your signature on a list inside of the box and to also see who has been there before you. If you want to really get into the game, you can make a stamp and place it on the book inside each box you find. IDEA-if you’re playing in groups with friends, try seeing who can get to all of the boxes in a city/region first.
BIG RULE: These boxes are hidden for a reason- WE DON’T WANT TO GIVE AWAY THEIR LOCATION. Make sure when you are trying to find them that you do so without being noticed (major bonus points go to anyone who dresses in the best disguise).
With just under two weeks of your winter vacation left, I encourage you to take the time and explore your communities. One of the coolest aspects of this activity is that it will cause you to open your eyes to the minor details of your surroundings that you might not notice otherwise. With that in mind, this adventure might just be the perfect way to get the ball rolling on a new service project or leadership idea. After all, it is the season for giving.
Letterboxing Website: www.letterboxing.org
***Drop me a line and let me know how your second adventure turns out! Scott@ScottBackovich.com ***