All are invited to join the Guardian team for a second moving sale of anything you can imagine, from a flat-screen tv to the head of a dragon (no dragons were harmed while preparing this moving sale).  

 

As we continue to provide safe online classes before relocating to a new facility, we’re emptying our castle and giving our community the chance to grab some swag. In our treasures, you’ll find something for everyone, from home to the office to the fantasy costuming and props that only a Guardian Adventures moving sale could bring. We’ve got (including but certainly not limited to):

 

  • Filing Cabinets (some locking with keys)
  • Office Furniture: Desks, Chairs, Cabinets, Shelving, etc.
  • Lobby Chairs
  • Costumes and Masks
  • Trunks
  • Foam Swords and Other Weapons
  • Theatrical Props for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Steampunk
  • Foil Fencing Equipment
  • Chain Mail & Metal Armor Set
  • Retail Display Furniture
  • Smoke Machine
  • Flat Screen Monitors and TV’s
  • Full-Size Metal Uniform Lockers
  • Athletic Equipment
  • Wrestling Mats
  • Unopened NERF Blasters
  • Wall Clocks
  • Instructional and Reference Books 
  • Games
  • Clothing
  • Reliced Instruments
  • Craft Supplies and Office Supplies
  • …and more treasures being added every day!

We also have small sections of the castle facing that we managed to pull down in one piece and are offering up for sale as a fundraiser for our next location.

 

Drop by The Castle this Saturday 9/26 from 10am to 3pm and stock up on your magical and mythical wares (or just some new pens). See you at the sale!

 

103 Terrace Hall Ave.

Burlington, MA 01803

Cash or Credit Only. No checks, please.

Masks required and social distancing will be enforced.



Most of you know that Guard Up has been in its current location for over 10 years. While the castle has served us well during that time, we have had to face the reality of a new normal. Consequently, we have decided it is time to move to a larger facility where we can run our day camps on-site and have classes with better social distancing in effect. Coupled with the high cost of maintaining our current facility at a time when many of us are reluctant to participate in large groups, we decided that the smartest thing to do is to fully commit to online adventuring this fall and give up our lease as of October 31, 2020.

What this means for most of you is a continuation of our online classes for a few more months while we search for the appropriate space located in or around the Burlington area. The classes that are currently being run in person will continue to do so until the end of October, but we won’t be adding any additional classes until we reopen in January or early February. Our plan is to reopen sometime around the beginning of the year and be ready to run live, in-person adventures before the February school break. We are hopeful that a vaccine will be widely available by then so we will all feel safe coming back in person.

This decision to close the castle for another few months serves us well as it will save us thousands of dollars and spare both our staff and community the risk of exposure. In addition, by doing this now, we are able to pack up and dismantle the castle on our schedule and not the landlord’s.  

To be very clear: While we are closing the castle doors, Guardian Adventures is still in business and still working towards bringing our heroes back as soon as it is possible.  

In the meantime, here are 3 simple ways you can help reopen as fast as possible:

  1. Participate in our online classes or events, or by joining us for our daily Home School and After School programs. 
  2. Sharing our fundraising for summer camp 2021 through The Story School. When sharing the link with friends and family, please be sure to let them know what camp has meant to you.
  3. Reach out to your professional network and see if there is anyone who is involved in online education or recreation programs that you think would be interested in partnering with us to provide programming. We are certain that our programs fill a niche and the area where we could use the most assistance is in making more people aware of what we do. Please have them contact us or send an email to introduce us.

Filling our existing online programs and reaching our fundraising goals for The Story School will ensure that we will be in a position to run camp in person and return to a more normal schedule.

We look forward to working with you and your families for a long time. So, hang in there and watch for our announcement in a few months regarding our newest home.

Regards,

Your Guardian Friends 



If school could be like that, I would definitely homeschool!” – A. Edson (6th Grade Hero)

Our Online Homeschool and Afterschool programs are here and there plenty of excitement from our students and families. We don’t take the typical, inflexible, or status quo approach to education, especially online. You can’t take the same approach as others and expect different results.

Boredom is making your student’s remote learning ineffective.

We make your student’s online education emotionally engaging.

And this is how we do it….

 

BEFORE

  • We find out from students why the topic being covered matters to them. How can it be applied in their life? What benefit do they believe they can get from it? If they don’t have ideas about this, we ask them questions about what they are interested in, and we help them see how the topic can benefit their interest. This comprehension of personal application can pique curiosity and help motivate the student.
  • We spend the first part of every course getting input from the students. This input lets us know what the student may already know about the topic and what they don’t know but want to know. This helps the teacher and the student define a beginning point for knowledge and determine progress at the end of the course.

DURING

  • We allow for Lateral Learning, which is necessary for innovation. Lateral Learning means that if a student begins to learn the topic but discovers something more applicable and interesting to them that is directly related to the topic, we allow them to focus on this aspect. This is important because lateral thinking and learning can inspire innovation by allowing students to experiment with tangents. This process also engages students, because it provides autonomy in the learning process.
  • We present the lesson in the form of an interactive and exciting adventure. The students play the role of a hero in a dynamic story and have to work together to overcome the challenges using the knowledge they have acquired. This team approach inspires a sense of belonging. As well, the stories provide a narrative context for the lesson which can improve comprehension and retention of the knowledge.
  • Our primary focus is not on what to learn… but instead, on how to learn. Our teachers are not “sages on stages”. Instead, we are “guides on the side”. We see our job as inspiring students to become lifelong learners. This term has become a buzzword that many institutions claim to embrace but rarely enact or support in daily practice. Every step of the way, our objective is to empower students to expand their knowledge by using their own interests as a stepping stone. We do this by providing them with challenges that engage their curiosity, interest, and even passion, and then we walk beside them through their educational journey.

AFTER

  • When students want to learn more about a specific topic, we assist them. We partner with them to find additional resources and help them establish connections between their interest and a wider set of topics. This approach allows them to expand their focus and includes subjects that they may not have considered of interest before they started.
  • Students discuss how their new knowledge has changed their perspective. It can be tough to change your mind.  But when you learn a new perspective it can change your objective and open up new opportunities.  This process improves two specific outcomes: It promotes a growth mindset that allows a student to change their mind about a previously held idea, and it improves the transfer of knowledge into their personal life by making it directly applicable to their own objectives.
  • We redefine failure. Our definition of success is not to end up with a predetermined outcome. Instead, it is to show progress in overall knowledge. As such, failure MUST be acceptable. This attitude is illustrated by Thomas Edison’s reply to Mr. Mallory, who expressed regret that the first nine thousand and odd experiments on the storage battery research had been without results. Edison replied, with a smile: “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results! I have found several thousand things that won’t work.” We don’t just subscribe to Edison’s idea, we teach it wholeheartedly by allowing for failure and revise it to mean “steps towards success”. This perspective is what builds resilience when a student isn’t able to immediately achieve their desired outcome.

Guard Up/Story School has been doing virtual camps and weekly gaming groups and they do an AMAZING JOB. My son was online for the whole day for many weeks this summer and during April vacation but WAS NOT BURNT OUT. He came downstairs, bright-eyed, and full of energy from a day of imaginative, physical, and intellectually challenging play with his peers. They inspired him to take on analog projects outside of camp and he thought about his adventures long after they were over. These people know what they are doing when it comes to engaging kids, in person, online, anywhere! In-person there are legit sword fighting techniques involved, but even online they get kids working! And of course, there’s always a possibility of costumes. 🙂 This fall they are offering online programs including homeschooling supplementation, two weeks of camp in early September for schools that are starting later and I really recommend folks check them out!” – S. Johnston (Mother of a Hero)


Your student already knows that learning is important. They have been doing it since the day they were born. Let us show them how to focus that powerful and innate skill, expand their interests, and discover how to build upon their passion.

Register today for an online class that inspires instead of requires your student to learn.


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Some of you may not be aware that The Story School, a 501c3 nonprofit, is the host for Guardian Adventures Summer Camps.  Without The Story School, there will be no summer camps next year.

All humans are wired for stories. This is how we have passed information from generation to generation since we lived in caves. Our desire for a good story can even outweigh our desire for food or safety. Stories inspire us and heal us. They give us direction and they light the spark that becomes the fuel for pursuing a passion. They are also our most valuable tool in education. Stories provide context for lessons and help with both comprehension and retention. Why do you think fables, myths, and legends persist through the centuries? It is because they provide us with a much-needed vehicle for learning. This is the purpose and foundation of The Story School, an organization that has helped make our amazing summer camps possible since their inception.

The Story School, provides story-based education to kids, teens, and adults of countless backgrounds. They use stories to teach everything from world cultures to STEM to essential learning skills. The teachers, counselors, and instructors are professional storytellers who invite the students into an adventure where the student is the hero and the lesson is the obstacle that they must conquer together in order to complete the journey.

It is during challenging times that heroes are needed the most. Our relationship with The Story School has been nothing but magical and we urge our campers, members, and families to show them the same support that you have shown us for the past twenty years.

The Story School needs your help to continue forward with both weekly classes and next summer’s camp as well as helping to retain the tireless and exceptional staff. Your donations will go directly to staff retention and educational programming. With your support, The Story School can keep story-based educational programs affordable and even continue to provide scholarships for families who are experiencing financial hardship during this pandemic.

In times of darkness, your support can be the spark of light students around the nation need to get through this challenge together. From all of us here at Guard Up and our partners at The Story School, we thank you for joining us in this adventure and for your endless support.


If you would like to donate to save our Summer Camps and help provide families in need with support and story-based educational programs, please visit The Story School’s GoFundMe campaign.



This Wednesday we are excited to offer a very special free trial of both our Online Homeschool Classrooms and our Online Afterschool programs for ages 8-12.  These classrooms and programs will not exceed a 10:1 student to instructor ratio, so the roster is filling up quickly. We strongly recommend contacting us immediately if you are interested in this free trial event.

The day will consist of three lessons: the first focusing on Electricity, the second on Debate, and the third class an exciting adventure with our Afterschool Program.

There are limited spots available and we are already half full!  Register by filling out the form below.

What Can My Hero Expect?

Our Chronokeepers (that’s you!) will be tasked with helping fix a moment in history when in 1893 The World Fair was lit by 100,000 incandescent lamps. But something is wrong and the lights are not turning on…

With a STEM lesson focused on electricity and a life-skill module focused on debate and an adventure to uncover what nefarious forces are affecting time, the heroes will have to take the stage and bring light to the darkness. Join us for the first class (STEM-focused educational module on electricity), the second class (Essential-Learning skill focused on the art of debate), the third class (an immersive adventure against the forces that would defy time) or all three!

  • Your student won’t be “lost in the crowd” as our instructor-led online classes allow no more than a 1:10 ratio
  • Your student will be taught by mature instructors who have experience in both  online learning and online classroom management and engagement
  • Your student will thrive in an exciting and immersive learning environment where all topics are presented with a story or interactive adventure
  • Students are shown how they can apply subject matter to their personal lives making the lesson more immediately valuable
  • Highly creative students find our environment more flexible as they can express their comprehension through a variety of methods

Schedule:

Online Homeschool STEM Class: 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time (starts: 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

Online Homeschool Essential Learning Skills: 2:30-3:30pm Eastern Time (starts: 1:30pm CT, 12:30am MT, 11:30am PT)

Online Afterschool Program: 4:00-5:00pm Eastern Time (3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT)

 


 

To register for this complimentary trial online event, please fill out the survey below so we can best match your student(s) with our instructors and subjects. For more information on either our online homeschool classes or our online afterschool programs, visit our new webpage or call us today.

Registration Form

 



Last week we announced our new Online Homeschool Classes that will start in September for those families looking for alternatives to in-person school. These online classrooms will have an instructor to student ratio of 10:1 or less so that each student will receive appropriate attention and opportunities. The curriculum will cover STEM concepts (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as well as Essential Learning Skills such as project management and assessing bias in media, all while staying true to our interactive storytelling roots. 

Due to the surge of demand for these types of programs, we are also offering an Online Afterschool Program for our enrolled homeschooled students as well as students with other learning options. This will allow students more social interaction with their friends from camp, school, or their community and to make new friends with similar interests. Participants will become the heroes of their own tales, exploring new and magical virtual worlds while working together with the other heroes to save the day every afternoon.

Our Online Afterschool Program touches on education and provides ample opportunity for practicing essential learning skills but with more emphasis on story, adventure, and camaraderie than education.

On August 26th we will be hosting a free trial day of both the Online Homeschool Class and the Online Afterschool Program. If you wish to register for this event, please fill out the survey.

The schedule for both of these programs is below. There are also an additional 30 minutes of online teacher office time (for our homeschool students to get additional help on lessons) every day between the STEM class and the Essential Learning Skills class. We have provided start times for other time zones to accommodate those students attending from outside of the east coast.

 

Online Homeschool STEM Class:

  • Monday – Friday 1:00-2:00pm Eastern Time (starts: 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT)

Online Homeschool Essential Learning Skills:

  • Monday – Friday 2:30-3:30pm Eastern Time (starts: 1:30pm CT, 12:30am MT, 11:30am PT)

Online Afterschool Program:

  • Monday – Friday 4:00-5:00pm Eastern Time (3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT)

 

You can find more information on our Online Homeschooling webpage, by calling us at (781) 270-4800, or through our Contact page. You can also register for our online classrooms today!

We look forward to seeing your homebound hero in the classroom!



Homeschooling is a brand new adventure for many parents and we are here to help.

Before the end of August, we will be accepting new students for our Guardian Adventure Homeschool Classes.  Parents are able to choose anywhere from 1 trial week to a full semester’s worth of story-based STEM and essential learning skills. We have made the tuition affordable with 20 weeks of classes as low as $10/hour.

Parents who live in Massachusetts can find out more about the process of switching to homeschooling by visiting the MA Home Learning Association. Since we are prepared to immediately offer 2.5 hours of curriculum and tutelage a day, parents can meet fully half of their learning requirements through our service.

As well, our curriculum can be purchased by current Homeschool groups and Coops so that they can run their own STEM adventures and Essential Learning Skills.  Interested organizations should sign up for our online learning platform. Updates will be sent out as soon as the transfer to the platform is complete.

You can register for our online classrooms today!



ARRIVAL/PARTICIPATION/DEPARTURE POLICIES

ARRIVAL TO CLASS

  1. All entries will be at the back entrance.  
  2. Parents will drive to the back entrance and parents and students will remain in the car.  
  3. While in the car using a cell phone or other device the student will complete the COVID SCREENING FORM.  This form must be completed before every class or you will not be allowed to enter the building.  
  4. A staff member will approach your vehicle to confirm that the form is complete and that the student is wearing a mask.  
  5. Once the staff person has confirmed that all of those requirements are met, they will signal that it is okay for the student to exit the vehicle.  The student will then be directed to enter the building at the appropriate time.  
  6. Students will be directed to particular locations in the adventure/class space to ensure maintenance of social distancing guidelines.  Please observe markings on the floor.
  7. Parents MUST stay in their car at the facility for the duration of the class.  If their child/teen is unable to abide by the health and safety rules, they will be escorted to the exit of the building and they must go to their parent’s car. We will not be monitoring the child after they depart the building.

Classes are being rescheduled to reduce/eliminate overlap in the parking lot.  

  • Adventure/ACE/Historical Weapons  
  1. Remember that students will no longer have the option of using Guard Up weapons or costume items.  Students will need to provide all of the costumes, props, and weapons necessary for their respective classes. 
  2. New students, as part of their introductory lessons, will receive a complimentary foam short sword (for sword classes) at their first class. 
  • Fencers
  1. New fencers will be allowed to borrow fencing items only for their introductory classes. They will then have to purchase fencing gear.  This means that all fencers need to have a replacement blade in case their own blade breaks as they will not be able to borrow one of our foils to complete the class.  Please purchase a fencing bag to transport fencing gear. 
  2. Fencing students should arrive fully dressed, they will not be allowed to change clothes for class while inside the building.  They do not need to be wearing their fencing mask to enter the building but they will need to be wearing a cloth mask and that mask must stay on under their fencing mask.

DURING CLASS

  1. Parents will be welcome to view their children’s classes on our new WiFi Cameras.  You will be provided detailed instructions for downloading the app and accessing the cameras at the end of this document.  
  2. Parents/Siblings/Friends/Visitors/Vendors will not be allowed into the building except by appointment with a particular staff member.  All purchases of retail items, class upgrades, school adventures, events, etc. will be via phone or internet only.   We will no longer accept cash.
  3. Upon entering the building, students will be directed to put any personal items in the “Red Zone” that exists around the entire adventure space.  There will be markings on the floor to indicate proper distancing.  
  4. Students must keep their breathing masks on at all times except for taking drinks from their personal water bottles.  Please note that the water fountain in the hallway will no longer be operating.  Each student should arrive with a full water bottle.  There will be no additional drinking water available to students until 8/13/20 when a foot-operated water bottle fill station will be installed.
    1. Students needing to use the restroom during class will first need to inform the instructor.  
    2. Only one student at a time may head to a particular restroom.  Students will place any personal items or weapons with their other items in the Red Zone or in an unoccupied space in the Red Zone if they have no other items there. 
    3. Students will then proceed to the appropriate bathroom using the hallway that leads directly to the restroom of their gender identity.  If you are trying to reach the boys room from Cyclops or Dragon Room while another class is taking place in the Ogre room, simply use the former Fencing Closet to pass through to the other side.  
    4. After using the restroom, you must wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds and dry them using the disposable paper towels.  On the way back (using the same hallway) to the class, you should use the hand sanitizer at the entrance to the adventure space as a further safeguard against infection.

DEPARTURE FROM CLASS

  1. At the end of class, students will be responsible for gathering all of their belongings and exiting directly from the adventure space down to the front of the building and promptly exiting the building.  Students should maintain social distancing on their way down the hall and should also use the hand sanitizers as they pass them on their way out.
  2. Students must keep their masks on until they are INSIDE their vehicle.  Failure to keep one’s mask on at any time while in the building or the parking lot is grounds for exclusion from classes.
  3. Parents should be waiting in their cars near the front of the facility.  Regardless of the weather, students will not be allowed to stay inside the building or congregate in the front.  Parents must be present to pick up their students.  Guard Up will not be responsible for students once they depart the building.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

The procedures noted here are part of Guard Up’s overall COVID-19 Control Plan.  This plan is designed to minimize the risks to our students and staff of contracting this, or any other, infection.  It is not a guarantee that any particular student will not contract the virus while on our property.  By entering our building you acknowledge that risk and agree not to hold Guard Up, its affiliates or officers, liable if a student contracts the virus.  We will inform you promptly if a student or instructor with whom you may have come into contact is diagnosed with or tests positive for COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 control plan includes time to clean and disinfect the adventure spaces between classes to further protect everyone.  That is why you may notice that T1 classes are 50 minutes in length and T2 classes are 1 hour and 20 minutes in length.

As mentioned in other correspondence and above, we will no longer allow students to borrow weapons from Guard Up for use during class.  All students are required to purchase their own items either through Guard Up or through an approved vendor for use in class.

ACCESSING THE WiFi CAMERAS

  1. To access our WiFi Cameras you must be connected to our guest network 5WORD5-Guest using the current password which will be shared by a staff member who will meet you at your car.
  2. Once you are connected to the guest network you will need to download, install, and open an app HeimKits from Himalaya Trading Inc.  (You will only need to perform this step once).  
  3. Once the app opens on your mobile device you will create an account by registering your email address with HeimKits.  
  4. Then tap the + symbol to add a device.  
  5. On the next screen, tap Kit and the app will locate our cameras.  
  6. You will see 2863325023 and the letter NVR>, tap the arrow next to NVR.  
  7. On the Add Device screen, you will have to enter the password (provided by a staff member in-person) and then tap Complete in the top right-hand corner of the screen.  
  8. In a few moments, you will see a message that the device has been added successfully.

  • Using the App
  1. You can then tap on the thumbnail to show the live cameras.  
  2. There are 3 cameras installed.  You can double-tap the camera you want to focus on to make that camera full screen.  
  3. Once you have set up your access you can view just open the app and tap the thumbnail while sitting in your car.  
  4. We will be changing the password periodically so watch the GuardUpdate for new passwords.


Friends, Parents, and Students,

While our staff thoroughly enjoy running online adventures and classes as well as online summer camp, we are also excited for the day we can slowly open the castle doors and welcome everyone back. As you can imagine, though, when we do come back we know life will never be the same.  

We have been in regular contact with the health department and the state regarding how to reopen safely. Our planned phased reopen date (if the trend for new cases continues to stay level or lower) will be Wednesday, August 5th. Please note that there will be significant changes in both our class schedule as well as procedures. We will start with only one class on Wednesday and another on Thursday so we can help our staff and students ease into our new operation model. We do not expect to be open for all classes and events for quite some time… so we appreciate your patience. We WILL continue with online programming as we phase into a full reopening. After we are fully open, we may continue with online programming if there is enough demand.

The health and safety of our entire community require that we change how we do business. Prior to the stay-at-home order from the Governor, we instituted new cleaning and disinfecting procedures as well as installed hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to each of our adventure spaces. These procedures will continue.

SO WHAT COMES NEXT?

After polling our staff and some of our clients, we have decided that we will not be providing offline summer camp during August. We will continue our successful course of Online Day Camp sessions through the remainder of the season. If you plan on attending more sessions, please register ASAP as some of the weeks are close to capacity.

We are also partnering with a school in the UK, creating online STEM adventures and classes for their teachers to use and distribute to their member schools. In addition, we will be making this curriculum available via our Learning Platform for schools here in the US which are opting to either teach remotely or perform a hybrid of remote and in-person schooling.

As well, we are researching the possibility of running Remote Homeschooling Classes for our customers who wish to continue their education online during the school year. These classes will be made available for any existing and new students. If you are interested in these classes, which will be held Monday through Friday from 11-2pm, please let us know.

OUR PHASED REOPENING SCHEDULE

The first week in August, we will start phasing in our in-person classes.  Here is the latest version of the schedule. These classes are open to anyone homed in that day’s same class/age type. If there is enough room, students from other days may also attend. We are starting with NERF and Fencing classes first because it is easier for students to maintain distance and also to limit contact exposure. Note that the classes now end 10 minutes early so that our team can disinfect and to limit cross-traffic between entering students and students leaving class.

The following are now available as in-person classses:

Wednesdays 4-4:50pm for youth fencing

Thursdays 4-5:20pm for NERF ACE (combined with Sword ACE to make one T2 class – students from either class can attend, however only NERF blasters will be used)

Saturdays 10-11:20am for TS fencing and 12-12:50pm for T1 fencing

NOTE: Arrive dressed for class! There will not be any available space for changing clothes.

NEW SAFETY MEASURES FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS & STAFF

The next phase in our effort to be able to open and operate safely is halting the use of shared/borrowed weapons. Effective immediately:

    • Properly fitted and worn Masks (not handkerchiefs) are required of all students, staff, and any individual in our facility, in our parking lots, or anywhere on our property. Before exiting your car or stepping foot onto our property, you should be wearing your mask. Mask MUST cover the bridge of the nose, nose, mouth, and full chin.
    • The only shared weapons will be the ones used by staff or non-player characters (those playing story enhancing characters instead of their own character).  Enrolled students MUST have their own weapons and equipment in order to enter the building and attend class.
    • Admission will be done through the back and the front door will be solely used as an exit.
    • Anyone in the building is expected to maintain social distancing of six feet.
    • Parents will not be allowed inside the facility and all transactions will take place over the phone or through forms/emails. Livefeed cameras have been installed so that parents can still watch their students in the adventures from the safety of their cars.
    • We will maintain a small inventory of fencing gear that will be available ONLY to trial students arriving for an introduction to fencing class. Enrolled students MUST have their own equipment in order to enter the building and attend class.
    • We will also provide a limited inventory of foam swords and NERF blasters for one-time experiences such as birthday parties and events. These will NOT be available for enrolled students or campers to use.
    • All equipment used by staff and one-time or trial students will be sanitized at the end of each class or day and may not be used by a different person until it has been fully sanitized.
    • Trial students enrolled in paid introductory lessons to non-fencing classes will receive their own complimentary short sword prior to their first introductory lesson which they will then take home.  
    • Proper signage reminding everyone of these rules shall be posted at the entrance and other conspicuous locations throughout the facility.

In Sum:

  • Enrolled students and campers must provide their own authorized equipment and they must take it home after each class to be washed or disinfected.
  • You will see this policy repeated often because it is very important that you understand that those who show up without their own properly fitted mask and weapons or equipment will not be able to participate or enter the building.
  • There will be no exceptions to this policy.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT & PURCHASE DISCOUNTS

For Fencing Students: To avoid any missed classes when we return to operation, please visit http://www.blue-gauntlet.com/ now and order your equipment. If a student has questions about their sizing needs please call us at (781) 270-4800 or contact us with your name, email, and phone number and one of our staff will get back to you. We feel that directing you to our supplier will provide you with the most savings possible and also allow you to have your equipment delivered directly to you.

Required Equipment (MUST be purchased in advance by students and brought to each class): Foil, Glove, Mask, Jacket, Plastron, breathing mask.

We recommend this breathing mask for fencers for under their fencing mask:

Absolute Safety Sports Mask

  • $19.99 each
  • Athletic fit face mask suited for fencing as it extends down below the bib as well
  • Can also use this mask for other activities increasing its value

For NERF Students: You must own your NERF Blaster. These can be ordered through Amazon or Walmart or many other retailers. Note that due to the nature of streamlining the items we carry and have to disinfect, we will only be using Rival rounds and so all NERF blasters that are used in our classes and programs should be compatible with Rival Rounds. You can see the RIVAL Blasters at https://nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/rival. Please order now to have them ready when the castle reopens. Blasters that have been modified to make rounds shoot faster or harder will not be permitted onsite. Again: NERF blasters that use NERF darts will NOT be permitted at the facility… only those that use Rival Rounds.

For ACE and Points & Powers: Most of you own one or more foam weapons. However, if you don’t own a sword or shield or if you wish to purchase more, we have extended the 25% discount on these items. You can access our Online Order Form and we will have your items shipped to the castle for pickup when we reopen. Those who come to class without their own weapons will not be able to enter the building or participate in class.

Required Equipment (MUST be purchased in advance by students and brought to each class):

ACE: Eye Protection, Rival NERF Blasters 

P&P: Eye Protection

 

And finally, let’s talk about gloves. Some people think they will help reduce the spread of viruses, others disagree. In general, the argument is that you are less likely to touch your face while wearing gloves and you are not touching people or objects with your bare hands. On the other hand, once you touch a person or object with your gloves they are potentially contaminated and you would not normally sanitize them while on. Consequently, frequent hand washing and the use of sanitizer are considered your best protection against the spread of germs. If you use gloves, be cognizant of the dangers of touching your face or bringing them home with germs on them.

 

CONCLUSION & THANKS

Requiring our students and campers to purchase their own weapons was not an easy decision. However, based upon currently known guidelines from the state, it seems a clear decision. We know it is a change to the way we’ve done business in the past and that change is never easy. We understand that. But harder than change is the fact that the failure to adapt the way we interact with one another puts everyone’s health in jeopardy.

We will be sending out additional information in the following weeks with the following:

  1. How to engage with staff regarding your account
  2. Filling out and submitting COVID screening forms before each class day
  3. and much more…

Our heroes have learned the importance of Courage, Honor, and Compassion. We wish to lead by those very same virtues and there is nothing more compassionate than allowing for inconveniences in favor of the safety of our friends and family. To quote one of our favorite movie lines, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.”

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help you. 

We look forward to seeing you back at the castle soon.



Even before the beginning of social distancing, summertime meant a season away from school. While many of our children excitedly await the break from classroom learning, our hope remains that our growing heroes will never stop learning. Learning doesn’t solely take place in the classroom. In fact, we believe that some of the best learning happens outside of school.

Student-driven learning, also referred to as informal education, is a wildly successful method for delivery or lessons, comprehension, and retention for heroes of any age. Changing the goal from memorizing facts to actually solving problems that inspire emotional immersion makes learning an adventure.

Our Online Summer Camps are designed to take STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts and integrate them into fantastic stories. Campers are not doing math equations to get a good grade and please the counselor. They are doing equations because without the right numbers the quest will not be conquered.

A recent example of STEM and informal learning being implemented into our stories was the lesson on marine biology in our Online Wizards & Warriors camp. Our merry band of heroes needed to obtain a magical potion, one that would allow them the ability to breathe underwater. In order to concoct this potion, they needed a basic understanding of how it might work. Insert STEM here.

This is how it works! Create an immersive world, deliver an engaging story, give the heroes the autonomy to decide how to interact with the characters they meet, and use real-life applicable education to grant them the tools they will need to succeed. With our camps, there is no need for fear of a gap in your hero’s education.

Classrooms might be closed, but learning is a daily adventure.


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