Don’t Look Down…

Don’t Look Down…

Your sword adventure birthday party is in full swing when suddenly…the room falls quiet. The lights go dim. The hair on the back of your neck stands. You look up. There, looming above you, with weapons and magic at the ready, stands a...

A Trip to Mars

  Normally Mars is 33.9 million miles from Earth.  But for a few days this past January, Mars got a whole lot closer.  After the success of Guard Up founder, Meghan Gardner’s work on the Mission to Mars STEM summer camps in Seoul, Korea last...
The Fine Art of NERFing

The Fine Art of NERFing

For the uninitiated, NERF battles seem like fairly simple fare.  Take a blaster, load it with NERF darts, and blast your way to victory.  Ah, if only it were that easy.  We spoke with some of Guard Up’s finest to get the inside scoop on how to be...
A typical week at the Castle

A typical week at the Castle

If you ignore the castle walls, flickering lanterns, and enormous video display when you walk in the door, Guard Up is a fairly unassuming, low-key kind of place.  You probably won’t even notice the NERF blasters or the wakizashi hanging on the...
New to Overnight Camp

New to Overnight Camp

You’ve had the discussion.  You went to a camp fair, watched a few videos, and it’s official … your child is going to overnight camp for the very first time!  While that’s exciting, it’s safe to say there’s a bit of...
Vacation Potatoes

Vacation Potatoes

We’re getting close to winter break.  No doubt this instills a sense of fear in parents across the land.  What are my kids going to do?  Do I want them just hanging around the house all day?  Are video games a fair substitute for actually...
Of Fire and Ice

Of Fire and Ice

We don’t stop enough.  Something about the power of having infinite info at our fingertips and free 2-day shipping created the overwhelming need to keep on moving.  The funny thing is that you don’t notice how distressing it has become until you’re forced to...

Salem Gives A Warm Wecome To Guard Up And You

As Guard Up prepares to bring its summer camp to the South Campus of Salem State, the businesses of Witch City are welcoming us. Therefore, we thought it best to prepare a list of the best the area has to offer. We’re proud to present the official Preferred...

Give The Gift Of Camp This Year

Want to see your young Hero light up this Holiday Season? Give them the gift of adventure, and a summer to remember for years to come. Our Summer camp season is right on the other side of old man winter, and this year features our new location in historic Salem MA....

Guard Up Announces New Summer Camp Bus Routes

Attention All Heroes and Hero Families! Guard Up is very pleased to announce our bus routes for Quest Camp this summer. As you know, we are changing locations to Salem State for the next three years. The Guardians are extremely excited about this longer-term...

Black Friday Creeps Towards Us…

        The desert air had made a gritty paste in the throats of the warriors. Their eyes stung, and their garments were heavy with sweat. Exhaustion clung to them like grief, but there was no time to dwell on the lack of comfort…they stood in a roughly hewn...

Guard Up Finds A New Camp Home

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…       Guard Up is very excited to announce our new three-year partnership with our overnight location: Salem State University. This long-term agreement is going to allow us a chance to grow and develop in one location that is extremely...

Sidleterra calls upon it’s heroes again….

” I am old… I was old when ancient things were newborn, old when mountains were still flat and oceans were but a damp mist in fetid air, old when time was a dream and Gods were infants…..I am old. I have seen men battle and have shed their blood. I...

Halloween Costume Contest

Ah, October… As the leaves begin to change, the air begins to chill and the sun succumbs to a gradual early slumber, a pleasant realization begins to settle in: It’s October, and it’s nearly Halloween, folks. That’s right Heroes, time to dig up your inner devil, cough...

Guard Up’s Continued Partnership with Shelters

As you know, Guard Up is committed to providing amazing and unique educational adventures every to Heroes from all walks of life.  We are excited to announce our continued partnership with the Hildebrand Agency for a second summer.  The Hildebrand Agency...

A New Record

A group of weary travelers finally found there way to the mouth of a large cave. It’s rocky maw seemed to jut out from the desert like the head of some great beast attempting to escape the sandy wastes. One by one they entered, weapons drawn and eyes sharpened. They...

The Fateful Day Approaches… Will You Answer the Call?

It’s that time of year again…  Calling all Heroes of Sidleterra and Defenders of Zee Corp! As November 3rd approaches, mysterious things are happening in the castle. Strange noises are being heard, letters from unknown figures are being found, and...

Meet Our New Staff

Recently, you may have noticed that we’ve welcomed some new Guardians to work in the Castle. Read on to learn more about them, and please don’t hesitate to say “Hi” when you see them around… Geoffrey: What is your job at the Castle?...

Spillian Retreat

Our company has been going through many changes lately. Changes in our camp location, the curriculum we are integrating into our stories, the culture we are studying, our international presence, the new Hero Makers who have joined us, and more. With all of the change,...

Our New Cultural Focus

The Heroes sat around the campfire, listening to the closing ceremonies and reminiscing about the adventures they had this summer… When suddenly, they were interrupted by a familiar face! Baba Yaga, a witch they had met this summer while exploring Bulgarian...