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...

Meanderings: Resolve to Unplug

And we’re back! Guardian Castle re-opens today, and we are excited to see you all back in classes. We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Holiday week, and wish you a successful start to the New Year. Every January, the fresh start of the New Year brings...

Meet Shawna, our newest Guardian!

We at Guardian Castle would like to introduce you to our newest Guardian: Shawna! She will be taking over the position of Castle Captain and Camp Director. Be sure to say hi when you see her around! “Hello!  My name is Shawna Sweeney and I am so excited to be...

Meanderings: Adam explains LARP

This week, we want to showcase one of our Heroes. Adam has been a part of the Guard Up community since 2011, participating in classes, camps, Blackwatch Events, and even volunteering his time with us at parades and other events. You can even see him on the front page...

Meanderings: Holiday Traditions

I think it’s safe to say that it is officially the Holiday Season! Of course, the Holidays mean very different things to different people, and everyone has their own traditions. This week, we at Guardian Castle wanted to share with you our own holiday...

2016 Holiday Specials

Give the Gift of Camp Give the gift of Camp this Holiday Season! Until December 23rd, if you purchase any type of camp session, you will also receive a coupon for 20% off ANY retail item(s) you purchase with your camp purchase. We will provide you with a Parchment...

Meanderings: The New Lizard King

This week’s Meanderings is the second installment of Finn’s heroic adventure. Check out last week’s Guard UpDate (or click here to see the first installment) if you missed the beginning of the story…   “In the court of the Lizard King, we heroes stood together...

End The Year With A Last Hurrah

As we close out another year at the castle, it is a good time for reflection and finishing those last few goals from the beginning of 2016 so long ago. Is there anything you were hoping to accomplish in class before the year ends? Perhaps there’s a bit of footwork you...

Instructions to join the Parent Email Group

If you still haven’t signed up for the Parent Email Group, it’s not too late! Here are the instructions: If you do not have a Gmail account: You have to set up a Google Account (NOT an email account – just an account to access the Google Parents Group). You can use...

Meanderings: Evil Lizard

For this week’s Meanderings, Stephen and I want to share a story. Specifically, the story of a Hero. This Hero’s name is Finn, and he is a member of the Points & Powers Adventure Class. I (Marin) interviewed Finn, and Stephen wrote it into a fabulous tale. This...

Why we do what we do at our Summer Camps

Some parents and guardians may look at our summer camps videos or photos and what they see are kids fighting zombies or monsters. They conclude that we are a camp where kids run around with foam swords or NERF blasters and play at violence for the purpose of...

Things for Kids to Do at Guard Up

Check out our page on Things for Kids to Do at Guard Up!  Here, you will find a list of to help those of you on a quest to find things for kids to do in the Burlington, MA...

Star Wars Birthday Party

Do we offer a “Star Wars Birthday Party”? We have foam swords (light sabers), NERF Blasters, costumes and stories to fit the world of George Lucas.  But the truth of the matter is that only a company that owns the rights to use the term can run an actual...

The Science of Play Part 2

The Science of Play Part 2    (part 1 and other articles can be found at our Sword Classes Blog) In my last article, I started an overview of the Dr. Stuart Brown’s book Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.  I consider this...