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...

One Camp Ends and Another Begins

As you read this, most of the adventures into Sidleterra will be over. The Shifting Caverns have all shifted, the Tavern doors have closed up, and the Trading Post has packed up and moved on. Memories made and monsters slain, the heroes of the summer have...

A Hero’s Journey

Our yearly sojourn into the realm of Sidleterra is almost over and we want to hear from you, our wonderful Guard Up family. Your Heroes have conquered the Zombie invasion and have battled with honor during Wizards & Warriors, making memories that will last them...

Our Story So Far

As you read this, we are just past the midway mark of our camp season of adventure, wonder, and education.  We would like to take this opportunity to look both backward and forward at this amazing summer of 2018.   In our new home in Weston, we have saved the world...

Stranded Campers Find a New Home

Written by Jake Javitch   Warm greetings to all of our Guard Up family. Recently, Guard Up took an opportunity to be heroes for a special group of students in need all the way from China!  We were contacted by a Chinese camping coordinator whose 21 campers flew all...

Meet our Day Camp Counselors

It’s mid July and our camps are in full swing! Our Zombie Overnight and Quest Camps just wrapped up in Weston, and we’re starting up our Wizards & Warriors season. But at our Burlington facility, both our Zombie and W&W Day Camps have been...

One Camper’s Story

The best part of being a Guardian is getting the chance to make a difference in a Hero’s life. We love reading the incredible testimonials and reviews that our parents send us. Here you can read Betsy’s story about her Hero, Becca. Do you have a...

Guardians are raising funds to keep families together

by Meghan Gardner No matter your political views, I think we can all agree that separating children from their parents when families try to cross the border from Mexico into the USA is not just bad policy, it’s traumatic to the children.  At Guard Up, we call...

A Request of You

As the Guard Up family of camps grow, so do our staffing needs in order to provide the best experience for our heroes.  This summer we are adding a nurse to our current staff and are looking for help finding another talented nurse to assist Sidleterra’s ranks. ...

5 Fun Ways to Learn about Different Cultures

Written by our consultant, Nelly Tonchev It’s summer vacation and children have more time for games and fun activities. Families can use this opportunity to shut off the tech toys and engage in favorite summer activities such as books, picnics, pool parties,...

Our New Partnership with Boston’s Shelters

Recently, Guard Up has partnered with recipients of the Department of Housing and Community Development grant for summer camping to help bring summer education and fun to low-income families in Boston. Massachusetts has established this special grant for 22 shelter...

Update Your Nerf Arsenal For Camp

Nerf Heroes sneak around a corner of an abandoned experimental laboratory, not knowing what horrors they may find. Through the fog and the flashing lights they hear a familiar groan: Zombies are waiting for them. Luckily they are outfitted with their best gear, and...

Who Are You?

Where did you come from? What is your family lineage? Are you looking for something or someone from your past? Are they looking for you? What is your Coat of Arms, or your symbol? What does your name mean? Are you a wandering musician, or a warrior on a quest? What...

Meet Jake and Michael

We are excited to welcome aboard two new managers to our Guardian Team. Meet Jake and Michael, and be sure to say hi when you see them around the Castle… Hi. I’m Jake, the new Executive Sales and Marketing Director here at Guard Up. I could not be more...

Our 2019 Cultural Focus

As April turns into May and our summer season creeps even closer, our camp team starts working hard to put together the best summer ever for our Heroes this year. As you may know, this summer we are excited to be educating our Heroes about the wonders of Bulgarian...

When It’s Over

Written by Meghan Gardner, CEO of Guard Up As many of you know, outside of my work with Guard Up, I also volunteer with Hospice. This has been a deeply moving experience for me over the years as I strive to be present with those who are navigating their final days.  ...

Guard Up in Asia

Guard Up has signed an agreement with ST Unitas, the parent company of The Princeton Review, and a team of staff from Harvard Graduate School of Education, to open a series of STEM and story-based summer camps in Asia this summer.  Guard Up’s founder, Meghan...

Radio Interview

Meghan Gardner, Guard Up’s founder, was interviewed by Leigh Melander for the NPR Radio Affiliate show Myth America last month. Leigh Melander holds a MA/Ph.D. in Cultural Mythology and Depth Psychology and is the also the Vice President of the Joseph Campbell...