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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.


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Every castle needs a team to keep it running. We’re no exception. With so many adventures to plan, heroes to teach, and questions to answer, things can get a bit hectic within these castle walls. But with the right staff we manage to maintain order and keep the fun flowing!

When you give us a call you’re greeted by a warm, friendly, and enthusiastic voice (or someone talking about goblins if you get the answering machine). We’d like to introduce you to the faces behind the phone, our two most recent additions to the Guard Up crew. Please wave hello Katie and Des…

 

Katie | Commander of the Desk

Hi! My name is Katie, the new Customer Service & Sales Rep, or “storycollector” in simpler terms. I joined the team in July and have soaked up every bit of what Guardian Adventures offers that I can. My day includes keeping the office organized, answering your phone calls, playing ACE games with my coworkers, and daydreaming of attending D&D Night here to finally resurrect my character Kayd, the half-cat ranger.

When not at the desk you’ll find me hiking with my cat, practicing for roller derby (derby name suggestions are welcome), or playing Borderlands 2, my new obsession. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of you already, and look forward to meeting many more!

Des | Coordinator of Adventure

Greetings! My name is Des and I hail from Wiscasset, Maine. Being a coastal girl, I am well-versed in all things ocean, and was the Educational Assistant for the Maine State Aquarium. Wondering how a lobster or shark can be beneficial to your quest? I’m your girl with the answer! I’m proud and excited to be a part of the Guard Up crew, with my fourth week starting today, and look forward to preparing our epic events and birthday adventures. If you see me in my office at The Castle be sure to pop in and say hello!

When I’m not there, I can be found cosplaying, embracing my many quirks, watching anime, or being a servant to my cat Hermione.

So there you have it folks. Welcoming faces all around! The next time you’ve got a Guardian on the phone you’ll know a bit more about their story, as we do our best to learn yours as well. Congratulations to Katie and Des on beginning a grand adventure with us…and with you.


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