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...

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...

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...