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10 Family Fitness Ideas from Around the Country

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Scavenger Hunt

9:30 a.m., Sunday, Columbia, Missouri

Five-year-old Jasper Schomaker and his parents stand at a trailhead. They're about to go letterboxing. A cross between a hike and a treasure hunt, letterboxing starts with a printout of clues available online or through local devotees. Participants look for corresponding caches, called letter boxes, hidden along trails. When they find a box, they pull out the notebook inside, mark it with their own signature stamp and mark their journals with a stamp that's in the box. Then they search for the next clue. "I like it because I get to run around in the woods like a pirate," says Jasper. "I know I get a ton of exercise, and my kids take two steps to my one," says Jasper's mom, Chris Willow-Schomaker.

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