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...

The World Needs Saving Yet Again

“Heroes of Sidleterra, I have heard much about your strength and skill in battle. By now you must know that my good friend, Krali Marko, has been captured by the terrible Lamia and her Samodivi daughters. I have every good reason to believe that he has been...

Life After Camp: Meet Laura

As April Break creeps closer (only two weeks away), we are continuing our series of interviews with “grown-up” campers. This week, meet a camper who graduated into a Monster Camper… And now jumps out of planes! Meet Laura Brisbois: 1. What have you...

Life After Camp: Meet Madi

We are thrilled to say that our Equinox event was a huge success! Our Heroes successfully drove away the Samodivi and spoiled the Lamia’s plans once again. Baba Marta has returned to her representation of Life and Spring is on its way. This week, we wanted to...

5 More Days

As the seasons start to turn, and the snow starts to melt, the Spring Equinox creeps a little bit closer… And with it comes mysterious messages in our lobby! We now only have 5 days left until March 24th, when your Hero could have the chance to attend our free Spring...

Life After Camp: Meet Polaris

As parents of Heroes, you see every day how being a Hero has affected your child. Whether they became a Hero through our classes, camps, or events, your child has probably come to learn that being a Hero doesn’t stop after they leave our adventure. This...

A “Petrifying” Adventure

If your Hero joined us for our week-long Winter Break adventure, you likely heard all about the many monsters that plagued our halls over that eventful week. But in case you didn’t, read on to find out more…   Imagine the suspense… As you turn a...

A New Way to Fight Monsters

We at Guardian Castle pride ourselves on creating a space for all kinds of Heroes: Fighters, Healers, Mages, Dwarves, Elves, Wizards, Rogues, you name it. With all of those different kinds of Heroes comes a multitude of different fighting styles. It can be hard to...

The Next Step

Two weeks ago, I had a phone call with successful Franchisor who pitched the idea of franchising our programs.  His own Franchise chain (which is nationwide) would fit nicely with our programs.  He was certain that he could bring our programs to a wide market within a...

The Snake and the Riddle

Over the past couple of days, you may have realized a mysterious addition to our lobby… On our merchandise table has appeared a terrifying snake, guarding a pot of gold treasure! In the pot is a riddle, if you can reach past those glaring eyes and flicking...