Meaderings: Apology

Written by Meghan Gardner In my work with Hospice, I have learned that people nearing the end of life talk most about 3 things: Their accomplishments (and if they feel open enough, their mistakes) Their loved ones Their regrets When people who are dying speak of their...

Meanderings: Peter’s Farewell

Written by Peter, Sales Manager and Hero Leader at Guard Up It is with a mix of optimism and sadness that I announce that I will be ending my role as a Guard Up instructor and manager on Sunday, April 30.  In the time I have been at Guard Up I have met incredibly...

Meanderings: The Coolest Magic Prize Ever

Your kid is sitting at a table, looking at their cards intently. It’s so quiet that you can almost hear the other player grinding their teeth out of anticipation. What is your kid’s next move? After studying their creatures and mana, they make...

Look for us on NPR

UPDATE:  Since NPR’s national Facebook page picked up this story, it has gone viral with over 4,000 shares! As a result, our inbox is overflowing and our phone is ringing off the hook.  Please give us time to respond to your inquiries.  If you...

Meanderings: Why do you do what you do?

Written by our founder, Meghan Gardner Why do you do what you do? If you don’t stop and ask yourself why you do the work you do, at least once in awhile, then you might never know if your work makes you truly happy. I try to ask myself this regularly so that I...

Meanderings: A Dangerous Game

Written by our founder, Meghan Gardner When I was young, I had an interesting relationship with Fear.  Living on a horse farm out in the country, a child had to be rather creative to find entertainment.  During the spring season, there would be occasional...

Meanderings: Words that broke my heart

Written by our founder, Meghan Gardner As many of you know, I spend time each week volunteering for Hospice. Over the many months of sitting and chatting with my 90 year old patient, listening to his stories, laughing and drying tears, I have grown deeply fond of...

Meanderings: Thank You

For this meanderings, we wanted to thank you, our members, for building such a supportive community over the years, and for making it possible for us to do what we do. We’re always trying to come up with new ways to get the word out about our programs, and...

Meanderings: Girls Making History

You may already know that we hosted a Girls In Science Photoshoot, and we are happy to say we had a great turnout! We have officially sent off a copy of the photograph along with an actual metal gauntlet (as part of our challenge) to Scientific American Magazine,...

Calling All Girl Science Warriors

Last night, I was honored to be invited to a round table discussion hosted by Scientific American magazine about how to get more girls interested in science and how to get more women pursuing a science career to stay with it.    As an operator of two STEM...

Meanderings: Why calling someone smart may not be a good idea

Written by Meghan Gardner This month, we had a guest appearance at our Instructor Training class from a Junior Olympic Volleyball Coach and Club Director of Gators VBC. He had just returned from a week of intensive training for his level 3 Coaching Accreditation in...

Meanderings: Enter Our Costume Contest

If your past couple of weeks have been anything like ours, I bet all of this snow has been making you look forward to summer.  We can’t wait to put on our Hero costumes, step outside into the world of Sidleterra, and forget all about shoveling our...

Meanderings: Join our Innovation Lab

We have exciting news:  Very soon, Guard Up will be providing a space for our instructors to tryout new ideas, playtest different games, and discover new ways to entertain and educate.  We will be calling this space our “Innovation...

Meanderings: Meet Our Consultants

Our Guardian Adventures and educational Summer Camps explore various cultures of the world.  This year, through the summer of 2017, we will be presenting the oral history of a small number of Native American tribes. We are very pleased to have professional...

Search for a New Leader

There comes a time in every company’s existence when the founder realizes that it’s time to ease out of the leadership position and make room for someone who can guide the company to the next level.  Knowing that this time is approaching for my company, I wanted...

Urgent: Camper Parents Please Read

A week ago, we were contacted by the second largest media content distributor in the world, Upworthy, asking us if they could distribute our video about how we worked with Claudia Fox Tree to portray the Arawak Native American oral history in our Day of the Dead...

Meanderings: Here’s What You Can Do

“Where were you when I was a kid?”  This is probably the most common phrase we hear from parents as they walk through our Castle gates for the first time. We’ve even been thinking about getting an engraved plaque with that phrase on it, to mount...

Meanderings: On Being a Hero in Real Life

Being a Hero for a summer changes people. We know from experience, and we know from the scientific study we took part in a few years ago, that “acting” as your Hero self helps you become that Hero in all aspects of your life. For this reason, lesson...

Camp Newsletter List

At Guardian Castle, we don’t just go out of our way to make your Hero happy- we want to make sure you’re happy too. That’s why we love hearing your feedback, and we take it to heart.  We know that there are those of you who live out of-state (or...

Meanderings: Your Hero’s Story

As we move further into January, we at Guardian Castle start thinking more and more about the 2017 Camp Season. January is a big month for us, as campers and their families realize that it’s already the New Year, and decide that our camp is where they want to...