Online Story Based STEM Summer Camps

"Camp no matter what: Our campers need connection and engagement." Meghan Gardner

“Simply put, Guard Up changed my life. From the first moment I stepped into the tavern, to my last glimpse of the camp before I left, I was totally engulfed in the story, characters, and experience.” – Saul Rosenthal


Let the adventure begin…

Take your first steps into a virtual world designed by your imagination.

Guardian Adventures offers immersive and educational story-based Online Summer Day Camps for ages 7-19 as well as a Little Knights summer program for boys and girls ages 5-6.

We also have an Extended Day Summer Camp (called “Quest Day Camp”) for ages 7-19.

In addition, we have an “Overnight” (9am-9pm) Online Camp for ages 8-19. As part of our Overnight Camp, we have one of the most intensive and exciting Counselor-In-Training (we call them “Monster Campers”) programs available.

It’s time to let the next adventure begin…

Will your young hero choose: Wizards & Warriors, Zombie Defenders, or SuperHeroes?




“My daughter has really struggled socially at school. This upcoming summer will be her third summer at Wizard and Warriors camp, and she tells us how accepted and included she feels…I told her that I wanted us to find a place where fitting in and having fun was natural and not hard. W&W camp has been that place. The staff work incredibly hard to connect with every camper. Quirky is accepted, creativity is encouraged, and teamwork is embraced.” – Betsy Johnson




COURAGE

The ability to do something that frightens one; strength in the face of adversity.



HONOR

High respect; great esteem, adherence to what is right despite the influence or pressure of others.



COMPASSION

Empathy, care, and concern for the mistreatment, suffering, or misfortunes of others.

Important Details About Online Camp

  • What Can My Hero Expect?
  • What Will My Hero Need?
  • Are You Working With Local Health Departments?
  • How Is Pricing Determined (Live Camp VS Online Camp)?
  • How Is Online Summer Camp Any Different Than Online School (which is not fun for my student)?
  • How Is Online Summer Camp Any Different Than Playing Computer Games All Day?
  • What About Screen Fatigue?
  • Why Do I Need Online Camp When My Child Can Just Go Outside And Play This Summer?
  • How Will You Keep My Camper Engaged For The Duration Of The Day?
  • What Enrollment Options Do You Have?
What Can My Hero Expect?

Online camp involves the following:

    • Live Zoom and Google Classroom meetings with a video platform
    • Physical activities
    • Group breakouts (separate online classrooms for smaller groups of campers, led by a counselor)
    • Instructions for craft projects that can help their character in the plot
    • Virtual fields trips to museums for plot
    • STEM activities including programming
    • Hands-on STEM projects (materials list sent ahead of time)
    • Meal/snack/social times during schedule are monitored by staff within our environment (Note: We cannot monitor if the camper moves away from computer or chooses to engage in activities or programs outside of the environment we control)
    • Online Camp runs Monday through Friday for all online camp types
What Will My Hero Need?

Requirements for online camp:

  • A big imagination! This is the most important thing of all. 
  • A computer with a video camera and microphone. Although not required, a portable device that can be used outdoors is encouraged. Live instructors will work with your campers on our conference platform and once registered, you’ll receive digital files with projects for your camper to complete for the physical aspect of the adventures.
  • A supply of printing paper, cardboard, tape and glue, and paint or markers, as well as any materials the camper wishes to use to create costuming.
  • Sign/fill out the new online waiver form which includes language explaining our digital environment and our responsibilities.
  • Live camp paperwork: We still need this in place in case live camp is approved on short notice so that we can have the health department look over the camper’s health forms, immunizations, etc and get the camp open ASAP.
Are You Working With Local Health Departments?

We are planning on running our camp online as well as live and are in regular contact with both the Salem and Burlington Health Departments to make sure that we are aware of any new requirements that might be instituted as the quarantine begins to be lifted.  We expect that the live camp experience will be different in some aspects from the past in order to minimize camper exposure to any remaining virus. But we are committed to moving forward with both camps and required procedures if it is permitted by the health departments who license us.

If live camp isn’t possible because of the determination of the local health department (who has the power to overrule both the Federal as well as the State agencies), we will still have the online version of camp. The online version has aspects of our online classes and events that we have been running since the middle of March as well as more hands-on projects and physical engagement.  We have many new activities to make sure that screen-time is seen as a story guide instead of the focus of the camp.

How Is Pricing Determined (Live Camp VS Online Camp)?

If you are not currently registered for any camp this summer and you register for camp now, we will only charge you the Online Camp tuition listed below.  If the camp ends up going live and you wish to upgrade to live/offline, we will charge you the difference between the Online Camp and the Live/Offline Camp tuition you paid for the same week.

We are preparing for both online and offline options in order to keep your camper engaged without interruption.

With this in mind, we have the following options:

  • If live camp is only running some weeks: Parents can choose to switch their online camp weeks to when we run live camp, or have the option to stay with online camp weeks.
  • If a camper is unable to attend either live or online camps: Parents can either donate the tuition to our nonprofit sister company, The Story School, or move their 2020 camp tuition to 2021 (we will honor your tuition as paid in full even if prices go up)
How Is Online Summer Camp Any Different Than Online School (which is not fun for my student)?

Online Camp has very little in common with Online School.  Most importantly is that our counselors (many of whom are teachers) and our programs are designed to put fun ahead of education… and engagement ahead of information.  As such, our online adventures are more like a computer game in that the camper has autonomy, a tangible sense of progress, and the companionship of their friends as they navigate the story.  As well, we have breakout rooms for smaller groups and new policies that will allow campers more freedom to communicate with each other, as long as their conduct is appropriate.

How Is Online Summer Camp Any Different Than Playing Computer Games All Day?

These are just a few of the ways that our Online Summer Camps are better than computer games:

  • Our adventures are live and face-to-face.  What this means is that your camper isn’t playing games with computer generated avatars, but instead, real people in real time.

  • Computer games cannot adapt to a player’s needs.  Our staff are engaged with your camper and available to address their questions and concerns.

  • A computer game won’t monitor your child’s interactions and keep you in the loop.  When campers are in separate rooms, there will be counselors there with them.  If campers are experiencing conflict with each other, our staff are there to assist.

  • A computer game won’t let your camper meet and make new friends face-to-face.  We have already had a number of our campers make new friends online and their parents connected with each other so that they could continue socializing online after the camp was over.

  • Computer games won’t get your camper involved in activities away from the screen in order to make progress in the adventure.  Our campers are building props, costumes, and doing physical activities to help change the outcome of the story.

  • Our adventures provide a leadership experience for your older teens in our Online CIT program where they play characters and help run the plot for the kids.  This kind of responsibility and performance is a good addition to their job or college application.

What About Screen Fatigue?

Our campers have not reported Screen Fatigue from a full day of online camp.  This is largely because the adventures are inspirational and exciting instead of draining and boring (like some Zoom meetings for work that parents may have experienced).  As well, we have many opportunities to get the campers up and out of their chairs with physical activities that help move the story forward.  Exercise plays a big part of keeping campers mentally sharp and involved.  We also have scheduled breaks to allow campers to socialize with each other and eat meals. If you are still concerned about screen fatigue, please see our new Half-Day version listed below.

Why Do I Need Online Camp When My Child Can Just Go Outside And Play This Summer?

We remember being a child and spending our summer days outside, romping around with our friends, riding a bike to the swimming pond, and going to sleep-overs.  Unfortunately, many of these activities will be severely limited if not impossible this summer.  There will be limits on the size of group gatherings for a while and some of your child’s friends may not be available for in-person socializing.  Swimming facilities are not expected to open this summer and sleep-overs may not be the best option if the CDC is still requiring a level of physical distancing.  The summers we remember fondly will not be the summer of 2020.

How Will You Keep My Camper Engaged For The Duration Of The Day?

Our Online Camp mimics our Offline Camp with plenty of opportunities to roleplay, battle monsters, solve mysteries, and meet new characters.  Costuming is still a part of our online camp experience and we do encourage campers to attend dressed as their characters.  There are scheduled breaks throughout the day as well as many activities to get our campers up and out of their chairs and moving around.

What Enrollment Options Do You Have?

You can enroll your child in the following program types:

  • Full Day (Mon-Fri 9a-3p)

  • Extended/Quest Day (Mon-Fri 8:30a-6:00p)

  • “Overnight” (Mon-Fri 9a-9p with a dinner break from 6p-7p)

  • NEW: Half Day (Mon-Fri 9a-11:30a)


Important Reminder: Live Camp Paperwork (registration form, health form, and immunizations form) is still required for any camper who is considering going to live camp.  We will still require all in-person camp paperwork for all campers who want the possibility of going to live camp as well as the new online waiver form so that we can pivot quickly as soon as we get approval from the health department to go live.

Scholarships & Referrals: We are still honoring all Scholarships and Referral bonuses.

The below online pricing is in effect (for online camp only – live camp pricing will be the same, with pre-registration pricing ending upon notification of our camp going live).  Make sure to read the note about the Online Pricing Difference.

Below, we have provided the online camp information, schedule, and pricing. The pricing for online Overnight and Quest Camps are less than the pricing for the live camp. If you have already registered for live camp, and we are not permitted to run a live camp, we will issue the difference in the form of a refund or apply your remaining balance as a down payment for next season (therefore reserving you the lowest pre-season pricing as long as you pay the remaining balance or go on a payment plan by the deadline in early November), or you can offer the difference as a donation to a family in need of tuition assistance.


Pricing & Dates

  • 2020 “Overnight“ Online Camp
  • 2020 Quest Camp
  • 2020 King’s Watch Day Camp
  • 2020 Little Knights Camp
2020 “Overnight“ Online Camp

Online Camp Pricing Difference: There will be partial refunds or credits to Monster Campers, Overnight, and Quest campers who have paid for live camp already if those dates are replaced by Online Camp. Day Camp and Day Camp Extended Day pricing is the same for both online and live. The amount of credit/refund will be the difference between the tuition listed below and the live camp tuition you have already paid.

2020 “Overnight” Online Camp

Monday through Friday (except Blackwatch) 8:30am-11:30am, lunch, 12:30pm-3pm, snack, 3:30pm-5:30pm, dinner, 6:30pm-9pm (social)

“Overnight” Online Camp Dates: Weekend coverage is not provided

July 6 – July 10Zombie Summer Camp 
July 13 – 17 and July 20 – 24 Wizards & Warriors session 1
July 27 – July 31 and Aug 3 – 7Wizards & Warriors session 2
Aug 10 – Aug 12Blackwatch Summer Camp

W&W “Overnight” Online Pricing: See note about pricing difference above

Register by: Start of Session
2 Weeks$1995
4 Weeks$3281

Zombie “Overnight” Online Pricing: See note about pricing difference above

Register by: Start of Session
1 Week$998

Watch our Zombie Adventure Online video!

Blackwatch “Overnight” Online Pricing: See note about pricing difference above

Register by: Start of Session
3 Days/2 Nights$700

Watch our Blackwatch Online video!

2020 Quest Camp

Online Camp Pricing Difference: There will be partial refunds or credits to Monster Campers, Overnight, and Quest campers who have paid for live camp already if those dates are replaced by Online Camp. Day Camp and Day Camp Extended Day pricing is the same for both online and live. The amount of credit/refund will be the difference between the tuition listed below and the live camp tuition you have already paid.

2020 Quest Online Camp

Monday through Friday 8:30am-11:30am, lunch, 12:30pm-3pm, snack, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Quest Camp Online Dates (weekdays only): See note about pricing difference above

July 6 – July 10Zombie Summer Camp
July 13 – July 24Wizards & Warriors session 1
July 27 – Aug 7Wizards & Warriors session 2

Wizards & Warriors Quest Online Pricing: See note about pricing difference above

Register by: Start of Session
2 Weeks$1330
4 Weeks$2505

Zombie & SuperHero Quest Online Pricing: See note about pricing difference above

Register by: Start of Session
1 Week$865
2020 King’s Watch Day Camp

Online Camp Pricing Difference: There will be partial refunds or credits to Monster Campers, Overnight, and Quest campers who have paid for live camp already if those dates are replaced by Online Camp. Day Camp and Day Camp Extended Day pricing is the same for both online and live. The amount of credit/refund will be the difference between the tuition listed below and the live camp tuition you have already paid.

2020 King’s Watch Online Day Camp

Day Camp Online Dates: Monday through Friday 9am-11:30am, lunch, 12:30pm-3pm. 

Extended Online Day: Monday through Friday 9am-11:30am, lunch, 12:3pm0-3pm, snack, 3:30pm-5:30pm

June 29 – July 3Week 1
July 6 – July 10Week 2
July 13 – July 17Week 3
July 20 – July 24Week 4
July 27 – July 31Week 5
Aug 3 – Aug 7Week 6
Aug 10 – Aug 14Week 7
Aug 17 – Aug 21Week 8
Aug 24 – Aug 28Week 9
Aug 31 – Sep 4Week 10

Day Camp Online Pricing: No pricing difference

Register by: Start of Session
5+ Weeks$410/week
2 – 4 Weeks$475/week
1 Weeks$575/week
Extended Day$185/week or $62/day

Half-Day Pricing:

Register by: Start of Session
5+ Weeks$266.50/week
2 – 4 Weeks$308.75/week
1 Weeks$373.75/week
2020 Little Knights Camp

Online Camp Pricing Difference: There will be partial refunds or credits to Monster Campers, Overnight, and Quest campers who have paid for live camp already if those dates are replaced by Online Camp. Day Camp and Day Camp Extended Day pricing is the same for both online and live. The amount of credit/refund will be the difference between the tuition listed below and the live camp tuition you have already paid.

Little Knights Online Camp (ages 5-7)

Monday through Friday: 9am -11:30am, lunch, 12:30pm-3pm

Extended Online Day: Monday through Friday 9am-11:30am, lunch, 12:30pm-3pm, snack, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Jul 6 – Jul 10Week 1
Aug 10 – Aug 14Week 2
Aug 17 – Aug 21Week 3

Little Knights Camp Online Pricing: No pricing difference

Register by: Start of Session
2-3 Weeks$525/week
1 Week$615/week
Extended Day$185/week or $62/day

Half-Day Pricing:

Register by:Start of Session
2-3 Weeks$341.25/week
1 Week$399.75/week

SAMPLE ONLINE CAMP SCHEDULE (Monday – Friday)

8:30am Morning Game (Extended Day/Quest Start)
9:00am-11:30am Morning Session Module (“Overnight” and Day Camp Start)
11:30am-12:30am Lunch
12:30am-3:00pm Afternoon Session Module (Day Camp End)
3:30pm-4:00pm Snack
4:00pm-6:00pm Extended Day/Quest Module  (Extended Day/Quest End)
6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner Break
7:00pm-9:00pm “Overnight” Module (“Overnight” End)



TACTICAL TRAINING


Your hero will learn how to use their homemade swords and special skills while incorporating team tactics so that their group can withstand the hordes of monsters that plague the land. They will stand (virtually) shoulder to shoulder with friends and allies and face the oncoming threat with courage and resilience.



SCIENTIFIC METHOD


Campers learn how to formulate hypotheses and conduct experiments to test their ideas. They use their research and findings to solve the mystery of what happened, how it happened, why it occured, and what they can do with this information to succeed in the game.



STEM
LEARNING


Team Leaders help the Heroes learn what they need to know in order to succeed. All ages work together in their ongoing quest to “power up” by learning STEM. Once they prove their knowledge by teaching it to their friends, they gain skills and special powers for the battle.



DISCOVERING CULTURES


Each summer, the story is based on a different world culture’s myths and legends. Heroes learn about monsters and characters from around the real world and throughout history as they gather important keys to solving mysteries, discovering treasure, and restoring peace to the land.



If Online Goes Offline


Guardian Adventures has been designing story-based educational summer camps for over twenty years in Massachusetts, inviting heroes of all ages on grand adventures in the mythical realm known as Sidelterra. As our communities are preparing for an unknown duration of social distancing, we are dedicated to having summer adventures available in any and all situations.

We are fully prepared to host our fantasy, sci-fi, youth, and teen story-based summer camps in a live setting (at Salem State University in Salem MA and our facility in Burlington MA) as well as online using the magic we’ve mastered through our online classes, events, and birthday parties. The future may be uncertain but our commitment to the heroes of Sidelterra is unwaivering.

If the restrictions on social gatherings are eased during the summer camp season here in Massachusetts, and you opt for the live camp, you can expect your camper’s experience to look something like this…


Guardian Adventures STEM Summer Camps


Wizards & Warriors Camp

LIVE

ONLINE

Zombie NERF Summer Camp

LIVE

ONLINE

Blackwatch Teen STEM Camp

LIVE

ONLINE

Little Knights Camp (ages 5-6)

LIVE

ONLINE


If our live camps are postponed or canceled, we stand at the ready with our Online Summer Camps.  Our motto is Camp No Matter What.

Register Now

You can register immediately by selecting the Register Now button above.

Or, if you have additional questions and would like to talk to us, please fill out the form below.


* In our expanding efforts to keep our camp as safe as possible for our young heroes, only vaccinated children or children who cannot receive vaccinations due to medical reasons will be allowed at live camp. Documentation will be required to complete any and all live camp registrations.

Modal dialog

You won't be able to dismiss this by usual means (escape or click button), but you can close it programatically based on user choices or actions.

Dismiss

Request Brochure

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Ask Something