As of yesterday, Shutdown Week is officially over!

The drawbridge has been lowered and the doors swung wide open for all of our favorite Guardians to return to The Castle. It’s been a minute since you’ve seen the place. Certain things seem a little different. But why? Well, take a peek at our Shutdown Week Recap, detailing some of the highlights of our hectic week of work:

We checked every single piece of technology to make sure it’s all working the best that it can. And when I say every single piece…I mean every. single. piece. There are a lot more gizmos and gadgets than you might expect in a castle.

We unloaded the camp van now that camp in Salem is over for the season. But that means more stuff to go on the office shelves, so we simultaneously reorganized all our shelves and closets (big shout out to Katie for spearheading that one). Everything is all nice and orderly now. Every pen and pencil has is in its proper place.

We tested our weapons, from foam swords to spell packets to NERF blasters of all shapes and sizes. We can now confidently say that any weapon or shield you snag will have you battle-ready,

…with the proper training of course.

Also, our costumes are all now freshly washed so not only will our staff look like a warrior, they’ll smell like a rose!

Our executive team did their annual “Camp Hot-wash,” running over each detail of this year’s adventures: What worked, what didn’t, and why. Doing this guarantees an even more magical trip to Sidleterra in 2020, new lessons for our weekly classes, and more interactive adventures for Friday nights. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve dreamt up.

We cleaned all the rooms, from the floors to the ceilings and everything in between. We even cleaned all of our chairs. Big thank you to some of our Junior Instructors for helping out with this mission. We didn’t miss a single spot in this ol’ castle of ours.

While (almost) all of this was a grand time, my personal favorite moment of the week was an employee field trip to a local escape room. We pulled up to Breakout in full costumes, as one does at Guardian Adventures, and were able to escape the “Museum Heist” themed room with only a minute to spare!


And that, as they say, is that.  But one more thing:  Our new website is live on a private server and we would like to ask for volunteers to go through the site and help us find errors, broken links, etc.  This new site combines all three of our previous websites and also adds in a new section for Educators.  Do you have a keen eye for proofreading and are you up for helping out?  Please contact us and let us know.  Thank you!


PS: We also cleaned the grill in preparation for our annual Member Appreciation Spar-B-Q, to which you are invited! If you’re free on September 14th then come on down to The Castle for some food and foam fun.

PPS: And we played with swords. A lot.

As the sun sets on summer, we’re beginning preparations to close The Castle doors, raise the drawbridge, and get to work during Shutdown Week. The week runs from September 1st through the 7th, during which time we will not be running any classes or events. Instead, the week is a time for reflection, reinvention, and redesign (as well as a whole lot of cleaning). New things are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you. But before we do, there’s plenty of work to be done. Take a peek at what’s on the horizon…


The end of the summer season is also the beginning of a new cycle for our curriculum team. We’re sitting down to review all of our adventures, camps, courses, classes, the whole nine yards. Incorporating the ideas of some new teammates as well as the feedback from our members and parent-partners, the upcoming year is bound to be the very best yet!


Adventures can get messy. One of the biggest tasks of our annual Shutdown Week is rolling up our tunic sleeves and making The Castle shine. From the floors to the ceilings and everything in between, we work hard to make our play space spotless for your young heroes. When Shutdown Week comes to a close you’re all invited to come and see a newly renovated area, designed to welcome you into adventure the best way we can.


Guard Up is turning a whopping twenty years old in no time at all. To celebrate this milestone, we’re doing a bit of rebranding. Well, actually, quite a lot of rebranding! Before you know it Guard Up will transform into Guardian Adventures, boasting a redesigned logo, a greater focus on our educational themes, and partnerships with some big names to bring our adventures all over the world, by land and sea. Soon Guardian Adventures will be sharing our love of informal learning with audiences in every nook of the globe, but don’t worry…we’re still the same Guardians at The Castle ready to greet your young heroes with a smile and foam sword.
Not to mention, our birthday party coming up in the form of our annual Member Appreciation Spar-B-Q.


As you may have read in our previous UpDate, the rebranding of Guard Up into Guardian Adventures will also pave the way for our brand new website! Twenty years of storytelling has resulted in more stories to share than we ever could have imagined and it’s time to tell the tales the right way. The new website will allow for more of these incredible adventures to be seen, while giving us the vehicle we need to promote our one of a kind strategies on STEM Education and informal learning. Our hope is that the news, videos, and articles we display will be invaluable assets to educators all around the world, increasing the quality of informal education for children everywhere. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve got cooking and see your face when the first page loads to your screen…
From all of us here at Guard Up (or Guardian Adventures if you’re reading this in the future), we would like to extend our thanks to everyone for another amazingly magical year. Cheers to what’s to come! We can’t wait to show you.

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