Meet Our Hero Leaders

Read on to learn more about the fun and skilled Hero Leaders who will be looking after your Heroes this year at Overnight and Quest Camp! They are all very excited to work with your Zee Corp Zombie Hunter, Mystical Mage, or Battle-Ready Knight. You might see their...

Meanderings: Try Something New

We all know the feeling of being “stuck in a rut”… It feels like nothing will ever be new and exciting, and we are doomed live the same experiences over and over again. What can you do when the wheel of monotony just keeps turning? The answer is...

Tenets of a Hero: Compassion

This is the third and final Meanderings exploring the 3 Tenets of a Hero, which also happen to be our company’s values:  Courage, Honor, and Compassion.  As mentioned before, we try to help the Heroes in our educational adventures define each of these three tenets for...

Tenets of a Hero: Honor

This is part 2 of a 3 part Meanderings where I am presenting my personal view of the 3 Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion.  Last week, I wrote about Courage.  This week I share with you my perspective on Honor.  Please note that in our camps and classes,...

Tenets of a Hero: Courage

Along with our company Mission, our company Values help to direct our decisions around our operations.  Our Values are the same as the 3 Tenets of a Hero:  Courage, Honor, and Compassion.  We teach our heroes that these tenets can help guide them in their actions and...

Meanderings: Stories For The Ages

This Meanderings was written by Shawna, our Camp Director   As the Camp Director of Wizards and Warriors, every registration that comes in gets me excited.  I love learning who we are going to interact with, help develop, and teach this summer.  Even better, are the...

Meanderings: When They’re Scared

New experiences are scary. We all remember moments when we’ve had to deal with that fear: Applying for college, going into our first job interview, moving into a new home… But there’s a chance your young Hero hasn’t had many new experiences...

Heroes Need Your Help

You remember your Hero’s first day at Guard Up, whether it was at Camp, an Adventure Night, or their first class at Guardian Castle. You might remember their look of joy when they realized that they’ve found a community of kids who are just like them. You...

Meanderings: How to Bring our Camp to You

Ever since the NPR article about our summer camps came out, we have been getting phone call after phone call of families all over the country, asking if we have locations outside of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, we aren’t quite there yet, but we never like...

Meanderings: Apology

Written by Meghan Gardner In my work with Hospice, I have learned that people nearing the end of life talk most about 3 things: Their accomplishments (and if they feel open enough, their mistakes) Their loved ones Their regrets When people who are dying speak of their...

Meanderings: Peter’s Farewell

Written by Peter, Sales Manager and Hero Leader at Guard Up It is with a mix of optimism and sadness that I announce that I will be ending my role as a Guard Up instructor and manager on Sunday, April 30.  In the time I have been at Guard Up I have met incredibly...

Meanderings: The Coolest Magic Prize Ever

Your kid is sitting at a table, looking at their cards intently. It’s so quiet that you can almost hear the other player grinding their teeth out of anticipation. What is your kid’s next move? After studying their creatures and mana, they make their...

Look for us on NPR

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Meanderings: Why do you do what you do?

Written by our founder, Meghan Gardner Why do you do what you do? If you don’t stop and ask yourself why you do the work you do, at least once in awhile, then you might never know if your work makes you truly happy. I try to ask myself this regularly so that I don’t...

Meanderings: A Dangerous Game

Written by our founder, Meghan Gardner When I was young, I had an interesting relationship with Fear.  Living on a horse farm out in the country, a child had to be rather creative to find entertainment.  During the spring season, there would be occasional rain storms...

Meanderings: Words that broke my heart

Written by our founder, Meghan Gardner As many of you know, I spend time each week volunteering for Hospice. Over the many months of sitting and chatting with my 90 year old patient, listening to his stories, laughing and drying tears, I have grown deeply fond of our...

Meanderings: Thank You

For this meanderings, we wanted to thank you, our members, for building such a supportive community over the years, and for making it possible for us to do what we do. We’re always trying to come up with new ways to get the word out about our programs, and...

Meanderings: Girls Making History

You may already know that we hosted a Girls In Science Photoshoot, and we are happy to say we had a great turnout! We have officially sent off a copy of the photograph along with an actual metal gauntlet (as part of our challenge) to Scientific American Magazine, in...

Calling All Girl Science Warriors

Last night, I was honored to be invited to a round table discussion hosted by Scientific American magazine about how to get more girls interested in science and how to get more women pursuing a science career to stay with it.    As an operator of two STEM based summer...

Meanderings: Why calling someone smart may not be a good idea

Written by Meghan Gardner This month, we had a guest appearance at our Instructor Training class from a Junior Olympic Volleyball Coach and Club Director of Gators VBC. He had just returned from a week of intensive training for his level 3 Coaching Accreditation in...