What Happened To Guard Up?

What Happened To Guard Up?

Change is an inevitable byproduct of growth, and over the last twenty years, we’ve grown immensely. What started as a family swordsmanship facility has evolved and matured into an incredibly vast array of story-based adventures for all ages. Yes, swords are...

Shutdown Week Recap

As of yesterday, Shutdown Week is officially over! The drawbridge has been lowered and the doors swung wide open for all of our favorite Guardians to return to The Castle. It’s been a minute since you’ve seen the place. Certain things seem a little...
King’s Watch Day Camp Recap

King’s Watch Day Camp Recap

Summer Camp is officially wrapped for the 2019 season. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make the magic real for the young heroes at King’s Watch Day Camp here in Burlington. After ten weeks of nonstop adventure, there’s a whole lot to...
Our Newest Guardians: Katie & Des

Our Newest Guardians: Katie & Des

Every castle needs a team to keep it running. We’re no exception. With so many adventures to plan, heroes to teach, and questions to answer, things can get a bit hectic within these castle walls. But with the right staff we manage to maintain order and keep the...
2019 Summer Camp Recap

2019 Summer Camp Recap

Outdoor camp has come to a climactic close and we simply cannot thank enough everyone who made it possible. From parents to counselors to the heroes themselves THANK YOU for another incredible summer of adventure.   Let’s take a look back at what your...
Preparing for Shutdown Week 2019

Preparing for Shutdown Week 2019

As the sun sets on summer, we’re beginning preparations to close The Castle doors, raise the drawbridge, and get to work during Shutdown Week. The week runs from September 1st through the 7th, during which time we will not be running any classes or events....
Guard Up’s Getting a Web Makeover

Guard Up’s Getting a Web Makeover

Over the years, we’ve hosted more birthday parties than you can shake a foam sword at. But, there’s a birthday around the corner that we’re especially excited about…ours! Very soon Guard Up will be turning twenty years old so we invite you to...
STEM Around the World

STEM Around the World

Meghan Gardner in Korea 2019 This summer, I was once again honored to visit Seoul, South Korea as a lead trainer for the STEM Initiative, an educational alliance between ST Unitas (the parent company of The Princeton Review), professors from Harvard Graduate School of...
Breaking The Mold of Education

Breaking The Mold of Education

“The Introducer isn’t just a publication, it is a vehicle for creating meaningful connections around the globe that expand social impact.”   This is a mission strongly supported by Guard Up and our CEO, Meghan Gardner, so it’s no wonder that she...
Guard Up Founder, Meghan Gardner, Visits CERN

Guard Up Founder, Meghan Gardner, Visits CERN

Image Credit My Visit to CERN This past week, I was treated to one of the most wonderful surprises of my life.  My youngest daughter, Gwen Gardner (Guard Up Camper and Monster Camper Alumni) has been at CERN in Switzerland since January as a physicist conducting...
More to the Story…

More to the Story…

In case you haven’t noticed, we get really into dark and creepy tales of magical realms, unsuspecting heroes, and terrifying villains. One of our favorites is the tale of Coraline, published in 2002 then released as a major motion picture in 2009. The original...
Infinite Roles to Play

Infinite Roles to Play

If you’ve come to our Summer Camp before then you’ve definitely heard the word “LARP,” the common abbreviation for “Live-Action-Role-Play.” Sounds like fun! But before you can play…you must create your role. Character...
Straight From the Hero’s Mouth

Straight From the Hero’s Mouth

What do you picture when you read the word: job. Most would answer something along the lines of “the same monotonous task, day after day, fueled by coffee and ibuprofen.” What do I picture? (yes, I’m breaking the fourth wall for this blog post) Well,...
Which House Suits You?

Which House Suits You?

“A champion team will defeat a team of champions…”   This is a powerful quote. Think about it. It defines exactly what a “team” is: a collective, a collaboration, a unit. When likeminded heroes work together towards a shared goal,...
Step Into STEM with OK Go

Step Into STEM with OK Go

“The universal thing we’re trying to get at is just curiosity and wonder…That excitement about the world, where you want to uncover something magical,” – Damian Kulash (Singer/Guitarist OK Go)   Since 1998, the American rock band OK...
50 Years of Foam…

50 Years of Foam…

If you know a Guardian, then you’ll probably know something or other about the squishy, speedy dart-slingers known as NERF Blasters. But there’s plenty of history in those brightly-colored Zombie-repellers that may have slipped through the cracks. Step...
Learning Loss Is Holding Back Your Hero

Learning Loss Is Holding Back Your Hero

Close your eyes and take yourself back to the last day of school. You’re staring at the clock, anticipating every tick, until that magical moment arrives when the bell rings and summer starts. Your head is packed with fresh knowledge. Your year has been one...
It’s not just fun

It’s not just fun

Role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons have an undeserved reputation for being somewhat … nerdy.  It’s entirely unfair especially considering the massive benefits that role playing games provide.  We wanted to share an article from...
It’s not just fun

Games People Play

Everybody plays games.  Whether you’re a backgammon bandit or a Monopoly master, there’s more than just fun afoot when you roll the dice.  Studies have shown that game play has a variety of learning benefits.   Teachthought.com offers...
Creating Tomorrow’s Heroes

Creating Tomorrow’s Heroes

It’s truly a remarkable thing. Think about it…history being presented on something other than the dusty pages of a textbook. Ancient Gods actually walking into the room. Famous battles taking place with you right smack in the middle. Scientific discoveries...