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...
Games People Play

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...

And the Winner is…

Early Registration for camp ended one week ago. Prior to that deadline, and in an attempt to excite the masses, we promised to have team members do the ice bucket challenge. Assuming a certain amount of registrations, the choice of costume worn was up to you. Perhaps...
Saving the World…and Some Money…

Saving the World…and Some Money…

Here at Guard Up, we like to think of you as part of the family. A family has fun together, goes on adventures, learns together, and supports each other. We’re here to help you and your heroes have the greatest adventures that they can, and to help you make ends...

A Deal’s a Deal

Early Registration for camp ended on Saturday night.  Prior to that deadline, and in an attempt to excite the masses, we promised to have team members do the ice bucket challenge.   Assuming a certain amount of registrations, the choice of costume worn...
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...