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I was interviewed by a reporter from Thrive Global this week. He emailed me an interesting question about my current Life Lesson and I wanted to share my response with you:
 
My current Life Lesson Quote is “Crash looking down the racetrack”. This comes from way back when my husband and children gave me a Mother’s Day gift of all expenses paid to get my motorcycle racing license (I used to be an adrenaline junky). In the classroom, I remember the instructor saying very clearly to the class before we hit the track: “If you miss your apex on the turn and you realize you are going to crash, then crash looking at where you want to go… which is down the track.”
 
Sure enough, I missed my apex on one particular turn and my bike and I were headed for the bleachers. Immediately, I heard the instructor’s voice in my head and fighting all of my instincts, I turned my head and threw my body in the direction of the track that stretched out to my left. My bike leaned heavily and with my body hanging off, I somehow miraculously managed to make that late apex into a turn as my tire missed the edge of the asphalt by what was likely scant inches (I don’t know because I was busy looking down the track).
 
This has served me well in my business life… not in the single-minded hyper-focus that you might expect the analogy to refer to… but in this simple concept that if my business is going to fail, it is going to fail doing the right thing. My mission is my steering wheel even if I go careening into the bleachers.
 
With this in mind during this pandemic, I have managed to keep every one of my employees gainfully employed except for me. I filed for unemployment so that my salary could go into cash reserves for keeping my staff employed. We have moved all of our programs into an online environment and are running adventures via video conferencing. If families are laid off and can’t pay, we stop their billing but ask them to keep coming to the online class. We are also creating free programming for the general public. Yes, we are suffering financially. We have no new revenue and we are still (virtually) open for business. It’s scary. And it’s a lot of work trying to figure out how to keep going. But at least if we crash, we crash doing the right thing. This doesn’t make it easier. Just a whole lot clearer.
 
A number of our hero parents (and that’s exactly what they are – heroes) have reached out and are donating their vacation credits and unused tuition to other parents who are unable to pay for classes or camp. This is dearly appreciated. We are a small for-profit benefit company so we cannot apply for grants to help our families who cannot afford our services. We just absorb the cost. So every time one of you dedicates your credit or tuition to our other families, you aren’t just helping that family, you are also helping keep our small business alive.
 
So I thank you – each of you – who are helping out others and who are helping us in this difficult time. You are truly the definition of a community in how you reach out to help people (some of whom you have never met) out of kindness and compassion.
 
If you are a family who wishes to donate your credit or unused tuition – or if you are a family that needs help with your tuition – please reach out.
 
Thank you so much for your support.
 
Meghan Gardner
Founder
Guardian Adventures


Although it may not feel like it, summer is just around the corner. While we continue to work harder than ever at providing classes and events to all of you (with the magic of Zoom) we are also still putting in the brainpower to making summer camp season the best that it can be. We’ve got plenty of surprises planned for our young heroes and fantastic stories to tell.

This year, however, we’re not the only ones telling stories about Sidelterra. Our campers will be introduced to two new faces, both of whom are storytellers of a different variety. Say hello to Alex and Sam:

Alex Corbitt

Alex Corbitt taught middle school literacy for five years in the Bronx, New York. He is now enrolled at Boston College and pursuing a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. His current education research focuses on literacy and gaming. He will be attending our summer camp as a character while writing a paper all about what we do each summer.

Sam Ho

Sam Ho has been a part of the Guardian family for many many years, helping us film our camps and events, making us look spectacular on your screen. As he continues his journey towards being a master filmmaker, he has elected to create a documentary on the Guardians and their young heroes.

We asked each of these storytellers a few questions. Read on to see what they answered…

  1. What is your background regarding your field and regarding roleplay/live-gaming?

Alex: I was a middle school English teacher for 5 years in New York City, and I am now enrolled at Boston College as a doctoral student of education. As a researcher, I am interested in how people learn through gaming. I don’t have a lot of live-gaming experience, but I am excited to learn more with the staff at Guardian Adventures. I’ve always loved role-playing games, and I continue to play a lot of tabletop games today.

Sam: I am a student at Brandeis University, soon to be graduating with degrees in film and economics. I worked on several short documentaries over the past couple of years; I hope to pursue a career in documentary film. Two summers ago, I worked as the videographer for Guard Up, and although I don’t have much role-play experience, I had so much fun working alongside the heroes, and I look forward to capturing more exciting adventures.

  1. What will you be seen doing this summer?

Alex: I will work alongside the staff and study how Guardian Adventures uses roleplay to create immersive learning environments. During the day, you will see me participate in all of the camp events. In the evening I will be reading and journaling to explore how Guardian Adventures contributes to cutting edge of educational research.

Sam: I will be seen carrying out the usual videographer duties this summer, but with a focus on a couple of heroes in particular. These heroes will be a part of a longer documentary piece that will highlight the camp’s emphasis on informal education, as well as the positive impact that the camp’s environment has on its heroes.

  1. What will it accomplish? – What are your goals?

Alex: My goal is to be a long-term community member at Guardian Adventures. I plan to reflect with the staff and write about how Guardian Adventures rethinks traditional schooling. In the spirit of community, I hope to spread Guardian Adventures’ philosophy and inspire educators around the country.

Sam: I hope to create a piece of art that truly shows what this camp can do and puts viewers in the shoes of our heroes. The kids love coming back year after year, and I want to show why.

  1. If I am a parent, what would you want me to know about what you’re doing?

Alex: With permission from campers and their guardians, I plan to conduct mini-interviews throughout the camp sessions. I hope to get to know the campers, understand how they learn best and explore how Guardian Adventures can best meet their goals.

Sam: I want this project to be collaborative. I want the heroes as well as their parents to be involved in the process as much as possible. Through this transparent collaboration, I hope to develop great relationships and create something meaningful.

  1. What excites you most about this summer’s project?

Alex: Guardian Adventures is the most innovative learning community I’ve ever encountered. The staff and campers are brilliant and creative beyond measure. I am humbled to learn and roleplay alongside them. I look forward to witnessing moments of inquiry and teamwork at camp that set the stage for life-long learning and personal growth.

Sam: I’m most excited about capturing the great relationships that are built through these adventures. Huzzah!

While we patiently wait for summer camp season to return to Sidelterrra, there are a plethora of online adventures available to heroes of any age. To learn more about how we’ve developed fully immersive and interactive online versions of our classes, events, birthday parties, and even our annual April School Break, visit the newest addition to the Guard Up website: Guardian Adventures Online.



Keeping children actively engaged in these socially distant times is very important, not just for their physical but mental health as well. Guardian Adventures Online provides parents with the necessary tools to keep their kids stimulated in this challenging time while we all work together to keep our communities safe. Physical activity, an exciting education, and strong creativity are essential for young developing minds, now more than ever. That’s why all of our regular classes, parties, and even our Spring Break Adventures have gone from castle to computer!

We’re proud to announce Guardian Adventures Online School Break!

In our video conference environment, costumed instructors play fantastic characters leading a group of young heroes through an immersive online world filled with puzzles, brain busters, and big boss monsters. The objective is to keep kids from all over the country engaged and entertained during their school break. Encouraging the heroes to work together and think creatively, aspects of STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) become their tools as they overcome obstacles and traverse the world around them, both on the computer and in their homes.

We also have an upcoming complimentary Zombie Virus Online Adventure:  Take your first steps into an online world with a thrilling, bone-chilling, hand-washing zombie adventure like nothing we’ve ever done before. The story is set when a scientist accidentally starts a zombie virus, spreading dangerously quickly throughout the laboratory you’re locked inside. Clues must be found, puzzles must be solved, and zombies must be stopped. But… don’t forget to wash your hands before you leave, or you just might bring the zombie virus with you to the outside world. This free event is taking place online for participants from anywhere around the country. Register today to receive your login information and maybe even some hints on ways to win the online adventure bite free!

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Along with the free online adventure, we’re now hosting all of our classes at their regular time proving that there are always adventures awaiting those willing to seek them. Along with classes, we’re also working hard to create online birthday parties for young birthday heroes who fear missing out on their big day.

We’ve also prepped all of our regular Friday Night Events for the web and are now taking registrations. Love Dungeons & Dragons? We do too! That’s why we’ve added a weekly D&D Online session every Tuesday at 4 o’clock.

You can learn more about all of our exciting innovations in our new Guardian Adventures Online pages.

Finally, as schools remain closed, parents are watching their children becoming glued to the TV, their education becoming less social and therefore less interesting, and the regular announcement of the dreaded “I’m bored.” We’ve got a solution…



Schools may be closed but there is always an adventure to be had. Guardian Adventures is excited to announce that we’ve taken our castle to your computer with a weeklong School Break Online Adventure. Complete with costumed characters, interactive puzzles and games, and STEM education inside a fantasy storyline, watch your child become a hero as they save the mythical world of Sidleterra alongside their new friends.

Give your young adventurer a break from the videogames by getting them up and moving! They’ll light up as they use STEM to defeat a horde of zombies or discuss physics to swing their mighty sword and conquer a fearsome dragon. Our instructors become characters, inhabitants of Sidelterra, and guide the troupe of homebound heroes on their grand adventure in our video conferencing platform. Puzzles, monsters, and hands-on learning are all tied together with physical activity, live storytelling, and innovative online creativity.  Our staff are live and online with the kids at a ratio of no less than 1:10 to make sure that every hero gets a leader to help them.

At Guardian Adventures, we inspire our heroes to become lifelong learners who want to make a difference in the world. They learn and grow as they navigate interactive stories that are safe, exciting, and educational while learning the Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion. Our Online School Break Adventure packs the fun of our live summer camps into just five days of remote adventure.

Each day’s adventure runs from 9AM to 3PM with extended day options available between 8:30AM and 5PM. If we have enough people enrolled (minimum of 6), we will be running our Online Spring Break Adventures for other weeks as well: 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, and 4/27-5/1. These spans of dates should help accommodate a number of different states in the US and Canada provinces. If you don’t see a date range that works for you and you can help enroll at least 6 people, we will try to hold additional weeks. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time. Those who are experiencing financial hardship right now can apply for a scholarship or take advantage of our sibling discount or generous referral program.

Preregistration is required to attend. To reserve your spot on the roster, visit our newest webpage today! Let your homebound hero join us for a fantastical adventure in the realm of Sidelterra.



I would like to personally extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of our students, parents, and community who have reached out to us to offer support, suggestions, and even just well wishes. We are in this for the long haul and our staff are working hard to keep our community connected.
Many of you have asked how you can help – which is utterly appreciated in this challenging time for all small businesses and also for you, our community.

Here are some ideas of how you can help Guardian Adventures:

* Leave a raving 5 star review on Google, Facebook, or Yelp
* Engage with our posts on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram and share information about our cool new online classes and events
* Sign up for or tell your friends about our Spring Break Adventures which will be running via Google Classroom if the quarantine is still in effect
* Send us an email with a testimonial about what you like about Guardian Adventures so we can use it in our marketing

During the quarantine, all of our staff are still fully employed by our company. So every little thing you can do to help out is appreciated!

We have also had some members ask about upgrading to more classes or inviting their friends to try a class. These are absolutely possible. The procedures are essentially the same as if we were not running virtually. In order to add or upgrade to another class, you would talk to your instructor to see if the class is a good fit. If so, we would set up a semi-private Google Classroom lesson where you would meet with the new class instructor and then after, try the class out. If everything goes well, you will fill out the online Change Form to add the class and our billing department will take it from there.

The process is essentially the same for your friends who want to try out a class. They would purchase a Trial Package and we would set them up with 2 online semi-private lessons and classes to see if they want to join. We are looking into having our vendors send the swords or NERF blasters directly to them as part of the Trial Package. If this isn’t possible, we will have it available for pick up as soon as the castle is open again.

We are also providing the following 2 free online events for our community and your friends. We will be adding more over the coming weeks as we work to give you a place to belong in this time of isolation.

Event: Zombie Virus Adventure: Interactive adventure where participants have a limited amount of time to figure out how to stop the spread of the zombie virus which is turning all of our Guardians into zombies!
Date: Friday April 3, 2020
Time: 7-8pm
Platform: Zoom (link to be sent to registrants before event)
Age: 10-15 years old
Max: 20 attendees. If there is a waiting list, we will run this event again.
Cost: Free Event but DOES require pre-registration.

Event: Introduction to Mindfulness for Stressful Times: In this online workshop, Guardian Adventures founder Meghan Gardner will present mindfulness skills that can be used to help you manage your thoughts and feelings as well as improve your performance in stressful situations, during recitals or sports competitions, or even in your personal relationships. There will be a 45 minute presentation and then 15 minutes of questions/answers. Meghan is a 30-year practitioner of meditation and a Mindfulness Coach for Jr. Olympic Athletes.
Date: This Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
Time: 11am-12noon
Platform: Zoom (link to be sent to registrants before event)
Age: 14+
Max: 30 attendees. If there is a waiting list, Meghan will run this event again.
Cost: Free Event but DOES require pre-registration.

Thank you again for all of your help in keeping our wonderful community thriving and connecting.  We are confident that we will all weather this tough time together by reaching out and staying involved.  We can be secluded but not isolated.  All we have to do is open our hearts and offer our (virtual) hand.
Warmly,
Meghan


Parents, Students, and Campers;

Thank you all for your immense patience as we work through the challenge of the Coronavirus state mandates.  There have been many changes announced recently, including the extension of school and business closures for the next 3 weeks.  This has presented a tough situation for many small businesses, including our own.

Those of us who have aging parents and elderly friends know how important it is to honor the social distancing necessary for slowing down the spread of the virus.  If you own a small business or know someone who does, you may also know the stressful situation that this has created for those of us who are working hard to keep our staff employed and to weather the immense downturn in client spending.  Considering that small businesses employ almost half of all of the people working in the USA, this is expected to have far-reaching consequences. As a small business owner, I have lost quite a bit of sleep over this.

However, it is my personal and professional objective to keep our staff employed despite the situation at hand.  At the same time, we want to assist those of you who are facing financial challenges of your own.  Not to mention how difficult it can be to keep ourselves physically isolated for 3 weeks.

With all of this in mind, we are enacting the following options for our employees and community in an effort to keep moving forward in this challenging time:

  1. We have moved all of our classes and even some of our upcoming events into Google Classroom starting tomorrow.  Please fill out the form at the bottom of this page or on our Coronavirus information page in order to get access to your Google Classroom class or event.
  2. We will be rolling out your student login information today and tomorrow.  We will also send along a code to access to your classroom and more instructions either the night before or the morning of your class.  Please make sure you abide by the same code of conduct required in our physical classrooms.  
  3. The Story School is going to be working on fundraising and applying for grants to assist more campers and students who require financial aid scholarships for camp and classes (yes, you can apply for a scholarship for classes as well).
  4. Those of you who have not signed up for camp yet and who are concerned about investing the entire sum right now, we have provided an application for a Camp Payment Plan which allows you to spread out your payments.
  5. We will be sending out information for our regularly scheduled Dungeons & Dragons and Blackwatch event as we will also be holding these online as Google Classroom events.  If you wish to attend, please pay via our online waiver form and then fill out student application form for the Google Class Event (add the name of the event(s) in the comments section). NOTE: You MUST be prepaid for these events at least 24 hours in advance so that we can set you up as a student in the class.  We will NOT be adding any participants on the day of the event.
  6. We are moving the camp pre-registration discount deadline to the rescheduled Spring Equinox event on May 2nd.
  7. If you need equipment (such as fencing foils, foam swords, etc) in order to practice at home, you can order your equipment through us with a one time 25% discount.  We will receive the equipment at our facility and you can make arrangements to drop by and pick it up.
  8. If you have friends who are also homebound and want to attend our online classes, have them contact us to set up a trial lesson package that will give them access to our Google Classroom events and classes over the next 3 weeks.

We hope that these measures will assist our students, campers, and community in staying active with us and participating in upcoming adventures.  We also want to ask for your continued patience as we launch our Google Classrooms and try to provide entertaining, interactive, and educational adventures for all ages.  We expect that there will be many bumps in the road (I will spare you the long story of how much effort it has taken to set this up, translate our programming to an online environment, train staff, test, and test again, and now roll out).  So there is pretty much only one promise I can make:  There will be blips and bugs and frustration.  But what hero’s journey is without obstacles?

Thank you all for your continued support of our business, employees, community, and each other.  Even with the physical social distancing, we can still pull together to face this challenge as fellow adventurers… taking on the Coronavirus Big Boss… holding fast and moving forward.

With much appreciation,

Meghan Gardner
Founder
Guardian Adventures

If you are a current member of Guardian Adventures classes, please complete the below form in order to be sent login information regarding access to online versions of your classes and adventures during our physical facility closure (to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus) from 3/16-4/7.

Once your account is verified, we will email you login credentials for a Story School Google Classroom Account.  The email will have instructions on how to access your class.  Unless specified otherwise, your class will occur at its normally scheduled time.

 

  • Name of Class 1Day of Class 1Time of Class 1 
    If you are a 1 Class, 2 Class, or 3 Class Guarantee Student
  • Name of Class 2Day of Class 2Time of Class 2 
    If you are a 2 or 3 Class Guarantee Student
  • Name of Class 3Day of Class 3Time of Class 3 
    If you are a 3 Class Guarantee Student
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


As the world works together to battle a global health epidemic, it’s empowering to see the sudden rise in neighborly behavior being shown by individuals, businesses, and nations. This sparks the question: why must it take something so negative to produce that kind of empathetic behavior? Human beings are becoming less and less interactive with each other every year. This can be accredited to the rise of technology, specifically personal devices like cellphones and laptops. Empathy is drastically decreasing in college students, according to a recent study. It’s reached record lows, diving 40 percent below that of 1979. So what can be done?

There’s a fascinating distinction between what is known in education as High-Tech and its counterpart High-Touch. The former is fully dependant on the advancements of modern science, always changing. The latter is based on traditions as old as time, human connection and empathy. Neither is more important than the other, but one seems to get buried anyway. That’s where live, story-based adventures can fill the gap.

Acting out stories instead of watching them on a screen can bring High-Touch back into the spotlight. This is done by introducing interactive and fully immersive worlds and stories that react to the decisions of the participants. The characters that the learners encounter offer live interactions, giving them the opportunity to experiment with human connection, right and wrong, and discovering their own set of heroic morales. The more those connections that are made, the more a learner will understand the people around them, thus increasing empathy.

Courage, honor, and compassion are values that our adventures focus on every summer in our mythical realm of Sidleterra. Compassion is inspired with the help of empathy, which comes from a High-Touch environment. High-Tech still plays a role as we incorporate STEM-based activities into all of our adventures, but the High-Touch interactions are a necessary continuance of the lesson.

You can read more about High-Teach versus High-Touch and find links to more research studies here: https://www.mcrel.org/todays-high-tech-students-need-high-touch-learning-environments/

kids hold up their foam swords, surrounded by monsters at a birthday party adventure



Dear Guardian Adventures Community,

We hope you will join us as we have brought ALL of our classes and events online through a combination of Google Classroom, Zoom, and more services that are being added almost daily.  You can learn more about on our Guardian Adventures Online webpage.

We are also proud to announce that our annual Spring Break Adventure is still taking place using the same online resources as our classes. By taking the castle to the computer we are able to provide school break adventures for heroes from anywhere in the country! Learn more, watch a preview, and register for the Spring Break Adventure today.

NOTE: We ARE opening our online classes and adventures to new students & birthday parties. We are also running our Full Day Spring Break adventures online. Just contact us for more information.

Important information in order to participate (for current members):

  1. Classes will be held at their normally scheduled time.
  2. All students who are interested in participating must fill out the below online access form so that we can set up an account for them.
  3. Once students are confirmed and receive login information and instructions, they can join the class at the normally scheduled time.
  4. We encourage Adventure students to wear costuming since this is a two-way video classroom.
  5. We encourage Instruction students from Fencing and Historical Weapons to use their own equipment so that they can practice the techniques that the instructors are covering during the class.
  6. If a class is canceled because an instructor is sick, we will send out details on a “make-up” class taught by a different instructor for later that day or in the week.
  7. You must fill out the below form at least 24 hours in advance of your class in order for us to set you up with a login in time.  If it is less than 24 hours, we may not be able to get you access to that week’s class.

We are keeping our students engaged and learning while we are all trying our best to cope with this situation. We also look forward to seeing you (at least on our video conference platform)!

In addition to these measures, we are moving our Spring Equinox Event from Saturday, March 21 to a future date (TBD) or as an online event.  You can register online to receive the discount and access to free camp related events.

We do hope you will join us in this effort to support our community.  And we wish each of you health and safety while we navigate this challenging time together.

The Team at Guardian Adventures

 

If you are a current member of Guardian Adventures classes, please complete the below form in order to be sent login information regarding access to online versions of your classes and adventures during our physical facility closure (to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus).

Once your account is verified, we will email you login credentials for a Story School Google Classroom Account.  The email will have instructions on how to access your class.  Unless specified otherwise, your class will occur at its normally scheduled time.

 

  • Name of Class 1Day of Class 1Time of Class 1 
    If you are a 1 Class, 2 Class, or 3 Class Guarantee Student
  • Name of Class 2Day of Class 2Time of Class 2 
    If you are a 2 or 3 Class Guarantee Student
  • Name of Class 3Day of Class 3Time of Class 3 
    If you are a 3 Class Guarantee Student
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Attention fellow heroes!

Winter is winding down and so is our discount season. Waiting to register for summer camp will result in full prices with no discounts…and nobody wants that.

Your last chance for a summer camp discount is running until March 21st, the first official day of spring. Registering for summer camp before March 21st will grant you the final discount available this year as well as an invitation to our Spring Equinox yearly event complete with good food, fun, and community.

It’s important to remember that we also have payment plans and scholarship opportunities available to help those who need it still get the discount.

We don’t want any hero (or villain) to miss out on their summer adventure for purely financial reasons so, if you need some help, contact us to learn more about your options and claim your discount before it disappears March 21st.

The G A staff, all dressed in costume.

Spring has finally arrived in Sidelterra and that’s a reason for celebration! The Guardians are thrilled to announce our annual Equinox Celebration here at The Castle, free for all preregistered 2020 summer campers of all ages. Join us for a potluck dinner, a gathering of the Guardian Adventures community, assembly of characters both old and new, swordplay, and even some brain-busting puzzles to keep the heroes entertained.

This event is free for all campers who have preregistered for a 2020 summer camp session. It is worth noting that our camp discount ends the day of this event (March 21st at 6pm). Don’t miss your chance to save money on camp and be granted an invitation to this yearly event.  If you haven’t already, you can register online today.

If you plan to bring food for the potluck, please include a list of ingredients with the dish and be sure to only bring nut-free foods. Preregistration is required and costumes encouraged. To qualify for preregistration, you must register for a 2020 summer camp session. Once completed, call us at (781) 270-4800 or email guardup at guardup.com to add your hero’s name to the Equinox roster.

We are also pleased to link you to two “in-game” letters. If your young hero is a Wizards & Warriors camper, print them the letter labeled “Official Invitation.” If your young hero is a Zombie NERF camper, instead you may print them the letter labeled “Zee Corp Memo.” These letters will give them a head start in their grand adventure this new year.

Thank you for entrusting us with your hero or heroes this summer season. We promise you a STEM fueled action-packed camp experience like no other! We shall see you soon.

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LETTER REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

It’s the biggest topic on the news and we know you have feelings about it. The hardest part is all of the unknowns. It’s scary to not know what lies in front of us… but we wanted you to know that our team at Guardian Adventures is taking the news of the Coronavirus seriously.

It was due to the generosity of the administration of TEDMed that I was given a complimentary pass to attend the annual conference this past week in Boston. TEDMed is attended by some of the world’s leading medical and research professionals. As you can imagine, the Coronavirus was a hot topic. But thanks to TEDMed, I was able to listen to talks and take part in these discussions in person with immediate advice from top experts.

With this education and feedback in mind, our company is asking that you, our parents, heroes, and students, partner with us to enact our new prevention policies.

As much as this situation might make us feel like we should separate to protect ourselves, we believe that working together will help us continue to enjoy each others’ company while also making strides towards the prevention of all contagious diseases – not just the Coronavirus. We are strongly committed to continuing our goals to promote community and physical interaction as a means of education. We just want to ensure it is done safely (as we always have).

We DO plan to continue operating our classes, parties, events, and our upcoming full week of April School Break Adventures (including extended day) and summer camps.

We are certain that with these extra measures, we can keep moving forward into the unknown together. Please join us as we stand strong in the face of uncertainty.

Thank you,

Meghan Gardner
Director & Founder
Guardian Adventures

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As we work together at Guardian Adventures to each do our part in the prevention of ALL contagious viruses, we would like to ask for your understanding and assistance in implementing our new, changed, or existing policies – many of which are consistent with health agencies and researchers. Please note that these policies are in place indefinitely:

1. We strongly encourage all attendees to wear their own fencing gloves or batting gloves so as to avoid germs when using foils, foam swords, or NERF blasters. Please see #3 below for ordering your own gloves.

2. When at The Castle and camp, please immediately put on your gloves or avoid hand-to-hand contact. If your hands are gloved, you can participate in our standard “High Five, Handshake, or Fist Bump”. Hugging is not recommended. Like knights of old, we recommend salutes as formal and fun greetings to avoid direct physical contact. If your hands are not gloved and a physical greeting is necessary, we recommend the endorsed form of touch greeting at TEDMed: lightly touching elbows.

3. We strongly encourage you to purchase your own personal protective and weapon equipment instead of using our shared equipment. To assist in this, we are providing a onetime 25% discount on ALL personal equipment. We have created a special online order form with all of our recommended equipment and the applied discount to make it very easy for you to order equipment. This only applies to local pick-up. We are not currently shipping orders.

4. At The Castle, we will disinfect the following at the end of each day:

o All door, faucet, toilet, and equipment handles and knobs
o All GA swords, foils, NERF blasters, safety glasses, masks, and props in “Decon” labeled bins

5. The following will be disinfected after each class or event:

o All fencing masks and gloves that have been used in the class
o Decon Bin items that need to be used again before the end of the day

6. We have ordered hand sanitizers to be available in each classroom. Please use after each class or event.

7. At the start of each class, camp, and event instructors will explain best hygiene practice:

o Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand
o Do not touch your face with your hands
o Wear your own personal protective equipment instead of shared equipment
o Do not share your own personal equipment
o WASH AND DRY YOUR HANDS after you use the toilet or attend class (don’t forget to dry as well since viruses thrive in moisture)

8. We are creating a special FREE zombie virus game event that will teach proper hygiene to participants (and penalize bad hygiene with point deduction) while battling zombies. Our objective is to teach proper prevention in a fun way that is memorable. Keep an eye out for this special event announcement!

9. We suggest that you look to the following websites for current information regarding the status of the Coronavirus and preventative measures that can be taken:

o Status of Virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
o Teaching kids proper handwashing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html
o When to keep your child home: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/When-to-Keep-Your-Child-Home-from-Child-Care.aspx

10. We ask for your assistance and support by regularly endorsing and reminding your family and friends of best hygiene procedures and most importantly: Please do NOT come to classes, camps, or events if you have a fever or other contagious symptoms.

A sincere Thank You to each of you for your continued support and for being a part of our community as we move forward together.


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