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Schools may be closed but there is always an adventure to be had. Guardian Adventures is excited to announce that we’ve taken our castle to your computer with a weeklong School Break Online Adventure. Complete with costumed characters, interactive puzzles and games, and STEM education inside a fantasy storyline, watch your child become a hero as they save the mythical world of Sidleterra alongside their new friends.

Give your young adventurer a break from the videogames by getting them up and moving! They’ll light up as they use STEM to defeat a horde of zombies or discuss physics to swing their mighty sword and conquer a fearsome dragon. Our instructors become characters, inhabitants of Sidelterra, and guide the troupe of homebound heroes on their grand adventure in our video conferencing platform. Puzzles, monsters, and hands-on learning are all tied together with physical activity, live storytelling, and innovative online creativity.  Our staff are live and online with the kids at a ratio of no less than 1:10 to make sure that every hero gets a leader to help them.

At Guardian Adventures, we inspire our heroes to become lifelong learners who want to make a difference in the world. They learn and grow as they navigate interactive stories that are safe, exciting, and educational while learning the Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion. Our Online School Break Adventure packs the fun of our live summer camps into just five days of remote adventure.

Each day’s adventure runs from 9AM to 3PM with extended day options available between 8:30AM and 5PM. If we have enough people enrolled (minimum of 6), we will be running our Online Spring Break Adventures for other weeks as well: 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, and 4/27-5/1. These spans of dates should help accommodate a number of different states in the US and Canada provinces. If you don’t see a date range that works for you and you can help enroll at least 6 people, we will try to hold additional weeks. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time. Those who are experiencing financial hardship right now can apply for a scholarship or take advantage of our sibling discount or generous referral program.

Preregistration is required to attend. Let your homebound hero join us for a fantastical adventure in the realm of Sidelterra.



Schools may be closed but there is always an adventure to be had. Guardian Adventures is excited to announce that we’ve taken our castle to your computer with a weeklong School Break Online Adventure. Complete with costumed characters, interactive puzzles and games, and STEM education inside a fantasy storyline, watch your child become a hero as they save the mythical world of Sidleterra alongside their new friends.

Give your young adventurer a break from the videogames by getting them up and moving! They’ll light up as they use STEM to defeat a horde of zombies or discuss physics to swing their mighty sword and conquer a fearsome dragon. Our instructors become characters, inhabitants of Sidelterra, and guide the troupe of homebound heroes on their grand adventure in our video conferencing platform. Puzzles, monsters, and hands-on learning are all tied together with physical activity, live storytelling, and innovative online creativity.  Our staff are live and online with the kids at a ratio of no less than 1:10 to make sure that every hero gets a leader to help them.

At Guardian Adventures, we inspire our heroes to become lifelong learners who want to make a difference in the world. They learn and grow as they navigate interactive stories that are safe, exciting, and educational while learning the Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion. Our Online School Break Adventure packs the fun of our live summer camps into just five days of remote adventure.

Each day’s adventure runs from 9AM to 3PM with extended day options available between 8:30AM and 5PM. If we have enough people enrolled (minimum of 6), we will be running our Online Spring Break Adventures for other weeks as well: 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, and 4/27-5/1. These spans of dates should help accommodate a number of different states in the US and Canada provinces. If you don’t see a date range that works for you and you can help enroll at least 6 people, we will try to hold additional weeks. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time. Those who are experiencing financial hardship right now can apply for a scholarship or take advantage of our sibling discount or generous referral program.

Preregistration is required to attend. Let your homebound hero join us for a fantastical adventure in the realm of Sidelterra.



Schools may be closed but there is always an adventure to be had. Guardian Adventures is excited to announce that we’ve taken our castle to your computer with a weeklong School Break Online Adventure. Complete with costumed characters, interactive puzzles and games, and STEM education inside a fantasy storyline, watch your child become a hero as they save the mythical world of Sidleterra alongside their new friends.

Give your young adventurer a break from the videogames by getting them up and moving! They’ll light up as they use STEM to defeat a horde of zombies or discuss physics to swing their mighty sword and conquer a fearsome dragon. Our instructors become characters, inhabitants of Sidelterra, and guide the troupe of homebound heroes on their grand adventure in our video conferencing platform. Puzzles, monsters, and hands-on learning are all tied together with physical activity, live storytelling, and innovative online creativity.  Our staff are live and online with the kids at a ratio of no less than 1:10 to make sure that every hero gets a leader to help them.

At Guardian Adventures, we inspire our heroes to become lifelong learners who want to make a difference in the world. They learn and grow as they navigate interactive stories that are safe, exciting, and educational while learning the Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion. Our Online School Break Adventure packs the fun of our live summer camps into just five days of remote adventure.

Each day’s adventure runs from 9AM to 3PM with extended day options available between 8:30AM and 5PM. If we have enough people enrolled (minimum of 6), we will be running our Online Spring Break Adventures for other weeks as well: 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, and 4/27-5/1. These spans of dates should help accommodate a number of different states in the US and Canada provinces. If you don’t see a date range that works for you and you can help enroll at least 6 people, we will try to hold additional weeks. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time. Those who are experiencing financial hardship right now can apply for a scholarship or take advantage of our sibling discount or generous referral program.

Preregistration is required to attend. Let your homebound hero join us for a fantastical adventure in the realm of Sidelterra.



Schools may be closed but there is always an adventure to be had. Guardian Adventures is excited to announce that we’ve taken our castle to your computer with a weeklong School Break Online Adventure. Complete with costumed characters, interactive puzzles and games, and STEM education inside a fantasy storyline, watch your child become a hero as they save the mythical world of Sidleterra alongside their new friends.

Give your young adventurer a break from the videogames by getting them up and moving! They’ll light up as they use STEM to defeat a horde of zombies or discuss physics to swing their mighty sword and conquer a fearsome dragon. Our instructors become characters, inhabitants of Sidelterra, and guide the troupe of homebound heroes on their grand adventure in our video conferencing platform. Puzzles, monsters, and hands-on learning are all tied together with physical activity, live storytelling, and innovative online creativity.  Our staff are live and online with the kids at a ratio of no less than 1:10 to make sure that every hero gets a leader to help them.

At Guardian Adventures, we inspire our heroes to become lifelong learners who want to make a difference in the world. They learn and grow as they navigate interactive stories that are safe, exciting, and educational while learning the Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion. Our Online School Break Adventure packs the fun of our live summer camps into just five days of remote adventure.

Each day’s adventure runs from 9AM to 3PM with extended day options available between 8:30AM and 5PM. If we have enough people enrolled (minimum of 6), we will be running our Online Spring Break Adventures for other weeks as well: 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, and 4/27-5/1. These spans of dates should help accommodate a number of different states in the US and Canada provinces. If you don’t see a date range that works for you and you can help enroll at least 6 people, we will try to hold additional weeks. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time. Those who are experiencing financial hardship right now can apply for a scholarship or take advantage of our sibling discount or generous referral program.

Preregistration is required to attend. Let your homebound hero join us for a fantastical adventure in the realm of Sidelterra.



Schools may be closed but there is always an adventure to be had. Guardian Adventures is excited to announce that we’ve taken our castle to your computer with a weeklong School Break Online Adventure. Complete with costumed characters, interactive puzzles and games, and STEM education inside a fantasy storyline, watch your child become a hero as they save the mythical world of Sidleterra alongside their new friends.

Give your young adventurer a break from the videogames by getting them up and moving! They’ll light up as they use STEM to defeat a horde of zombies or discuss physics to swing their mighty sword and conquer a fearsome dragon. Our instructors become characters, inhabitants of Sidelterra, and guide the troupe of homebound heroes on their grand adventure in our video conferencing platform. Puzzles, monsters, and hands-on learning are all tied together with physical activity, live storytelling, and innovative online creativity.  Our staff are live and online with the kids at a ratio of no less than 1:10 to make sure that every hero gets a leader to help them.

At Guardian Adventures, we inspire our heroes to become lifelong learners who want to make a difference in the world. They learn and grow as they navigate interactive stories that are safe, exciting, and educational while learning the Three Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion. Our Online School Break Adventure packs the fun of our live summer camps into just five days of remote adventure.

Each day’s adventure runs from 9AM to 3PM with extended day options available between 8:30AM and 5PM. If we have enough people enrolled (minimum of 6), we will be running our Online Spring Break Adventures for other weeks as well: 4/13-4/17, 4/20-4/24, and 4/27-5/1. These spans of dates should help accommodate a number of different states in the US and Canada provinces. If you don’t see a date range that works for you and you can help enroll at least 6 people, we will try to hold additional weeks. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time. Those who are experiencing financial hardship right now can apply for a scholarship or take advantage of our sibling discount or generous referral program.

Preregistration is required to attend. Let your homebound hero join us for a fantastical adventure in the realm of Sidelterra.



In the middle of a chilly January here in Massachusetts, twenty-five young heroes from Seoul South Korea ventured to the Guardian Castle for an out of this world adventure. They suited up in their shiny spacesuits and set a course for the planet Mars.

The adventure began when the travelers arrived, after a long space journey, to the surface of Mars. They were greeted at the martian habitat station where they learned more about how survival on the Red Planet is possible. After all of the formalities, the travelers were given several challenges to help keep the space facility operating smoothly.

A young adventurer creates a robotic arm and programs it using STEMg

They were tasked with engineering Solar Panels using the inverse square law, creating robotic arms, mastering electrolysis to create oxygen, and using hydroponics to grow wheatgrass for food in the station’s greenhouse, just to name a few of the otherworldly lessons. With some solid STEM education and a bit of creativity, the adventurers successfully overcame all of the obstacles and survived their Mission To Mars.

the greenhouse from our mission to mars event Circuitry is presented to students

“I see this as a program just as effective as a school but definitely more interesting,” says instructor Mikey Scofield. “Student-driven learning is more effective than sitting down at a desk and listening to a lecture. It doesn’t matter how good the teacher is, the lecture can only be effective for so long. It’s really important, for STEM subjects specifically, to engage kids and provide an experience for them that’s more interesting, meaningful, and memorable.”

Meghan Gardner, founder of Guard Up, breathes fire for awestruck students

The adventure culminated with a fire breathing demonstration by our founder, Meghan Gardner, as the students explored the idea of atomizing fuel that would otherwise need a wick in order to burn it.

The adventurers may have traveled back to Seoul but STEM education will never leave these castle walls. February school break is just a few weeks away. Give your young hero the gift of knowledge with our weeklong School Break Adventure, complete with lessons, monsters, and foam swords galore. The roster is filling quickly so preregister today before we sell out like last year. We’ll see you there..  Until then, may you find adventure worthy of your skills!



Meet Camille Schrier. She’s a doctorate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, a lover of chemistry, and as of December 19th, she is the official 2020 Miss America. Prior to being crowned, Camille did something that delighted her audience and inspired young girls everywhere: she did a science experiment.

The Miss America pageant has traditional stereotypes that aren’t the most inspirational for young girls wanting to become professionals, experts in their fields, or trailblazers for the future. This year, however, the winner was a young woman who was passionate about making a statement and did just that. She showed beyond the shadow of a doubt that Miss America could also be a science expert…and an astonishingly entertaining one at that. Take a look at the scientific spectacle that won her the crown:

“Miss America is someone that needs to educate, be able to communicate with everyone, and that’s what I do as a woman of science. And we need to show that Miss America can be a scientist and that a scientist can be Miss America.”

The future of scientific advancement is an opening playing field for all genders. As a new decade takes hold of the world, we’re all watching excitedly as education grows, adapts, and improves. “We are delighted to see a Virginia Tech science alumna shine on the national stage,” states dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech, Sally Morton, “and we’re even more thrilled that she is using her success to showcase the value of STEM education for kids and as a catalyst to encourage young girls to study science and do science.”

Think that this experiment is something you’d want to tackle (with a parent’s supervision)? The New York Times has a guide to giving it a shot yourself at home: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/science/miss-america-2020-camille-schrier-science.html

In the meantime, you can get all of your STEM and science kicks here at The Castle. Our weekly classes are chockfull of educational adventures and we’ve even got a full-day school break adventure kicking off this MLK Day (January 20th). Preregistration is required for the MLK Day event and can be done online. As always, Go Go Guardians!



This past summer, we were contacted through Facebook Messenger by Royal Caribbean Cruises. They wanted us to create interactive STEM adventures for their newly renovated Oasis of the Seas, the 4th largest cruise ship in the world. The deadline was tight, but our team pulled together and presented adventures that were way beyond anything Royal Caribbean had ever attempted before. They decided to take the leap and gave us the green light.

Since the summer, we have been designing these adventures under a strict non-disclosure agreement but, now that the ship has sailed, we can tell you all about it.

After submitting the curriculum and instructions, Chris Wiley, our Director of Curriculum Development, and Meghan Gardner, Founder of Guardian Adventures, traveled to Miami to help Royal Caribbean create training videos and documentation for their staff. Soon after, Chris and Meghan were flown to Cadiz, Spain to train the ship’s staff while the ship was still under construction. There were times when hard hats were necessary in order to access parts of the ship so that they could finish the last touches on the adventures.

The contract has been completed and Royal Caribbean is delighted. We are also quite excited to know that our adventures will be experienced by even more people as Royal Caribbean decided to roll out identical versions of our adventures to at least 4 other ships. This means that the adventures we designed for them will be accessible to about 1 million patrons a year across the globe.

The initial review from their clients is that our adventures for the ship are a big success!  As such, we have been informed by Royal Caribbean’s Manager of Product Innovation that we can expect our contract to expand in 2020.

A Royal Caribbean Cruise ship, complete with our STEM activities on board.

What does this mean for Guardian Adventures? As we continue to serve Royal Caribbean as well as other large organizations, our future plans for purchasing a facility have become more accessible and clearer. We are exploring adding various development facilities such as a Maker Space for our students as well as for building our own props and costumes, improved technology for higher level immersion in our adventures, and even a video production room where our marketing department can create in-game videos for complementing the story presented to Heroes.

Our new Consulting & Development Division has grown quite a bit from our work with the Princeton Review’s parent company in South Korea, ST Unitas. With this in mind, you may notice some new staff positions being filled which will help us grow our camps and weekly adventures so that the quality of our programming matches the work we are providing in our consulting contracts. We are also on a quest to constantly innovate and try different genres of adventures, including play testing our new Super Hero camp and events.

We encourage you to check out Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas if you are considering a cruise vacation. We might even see you in January when we are returning to the ship to assess the staff development and training for the adventures we designed.

You may also notice some changes on our website as we expand on our Education & Consulting section.  Now that we are performing large scale Invasion Adventures (that’s a teaser for a future Update where you will find out about the Lexington Library Invasion involving more than 150 teens, staff, and volunteers), we will be providing more details about our services for organizations that are interested in exciting adventures for their clients and patrons.

Along with this exciting growth, we are also expanding our Scholarship & Financial Aid programs considerably.  It has been our ongoing objective to make sure that every Hero can enjoy our programs and events and not be held back by limited finances.  So if you are struggling with tuition or program fees, please talk to us. Our company will never outgrow our heart.

As 2020 quickly approaches, we look forward to continuing to serve you while constantly innovating and offering new services and programs for all ages and all kinds of Heroes.



Summer Camp is officially wrapped for the 2019 season. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make the magic real for the young heroes at King’s Watch Day Camp here in Burlington. After ten weeks of nonstop adventure, there’s a whole lot to remember. Here’s some of our amazing counselors’ favorite bits…

 

John Cordero

“I loved playing Gilgamesh. I loved playing an evil villain and watching the kids band together to overpower and defeat me as a team. They had to surround me and I was force-fed a potion, which was pretty ridiculous and cool.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN?
“I learned a lot about how personalities can mesh…or clash. It was also interesting to observe how when you try to explain something to an 8 year old they’ll understand faster than a 50 year old, becuase they don’t hold onto old knowledge and are more open to new ideas. We can learn a lot from the kids.”

Elena Nahrmann

“I also loved playing out the Gilgamesh plot. The campers manufactured a magical weakening potion using STEM and the PH scale early in the day. After there was a this great big battle…it was epic.
Demon Town was a great part too. It was sort of a land of the dead and in order to buy stuff everyone had to do favors and sign contracts since there was no money. Everybody was making each other do silly dances to get potions and powers. Also John acquired one camper’s soul. All the campers fought together to get it back. I think that was my favorite week.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN?
“I learned how creative kids could be, especially when they started bartering with souls, which we did not expect.”

Sarah Galevi

“I really enjoyed the Orchestrated Meditation for the plot. We did that so we could call upon the spirit Ninsun to get advise and wisdom in order to beat Gilgamesh. She appeared to them after they had successfully meditated in the spirit realm. The kids were (surprisingly) very into! Not to mention, they were really quiet for a whole thirty minutes.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN?
“I learned how to be a leader, be more confident, own the situation, and improvise when things don’t go as expected. These kids have some wild imaginations and you’ve got to keep up!”

Mikey Scofield

“It’s always a good time goofing off with the kids, especially during the extended day hours when anything goes. I also really get into making the puzzles in Zombie Camp for the kids to solve.
I made one where they had to read cryptic pictures. The campers were tasked with using the clues in the codes to see how many stones they could put in the goblets. Once the correct amount was used the goblets were  keys to open a temple door to a secret room filled with new mysteries and quests. I mean, c’mon. That’s awesome! It looked so cool and the kids picked up on it really quickly.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN?
“I learned more about what can make this camp even better. Some stuff we weren’t sure would work actually had a surprising impact. We got to experiment in ways we didn’t expect and I think the kids got a lot out of this summer…and so did the adults. Everybody grew together.”


Outdoor camp has come to a climactic close and we simply cannot thank enough everyone who made it possible. From parents to counselors to the heroes themselves THANK YOU for another incredible summer of adventure.
Let’s take a look back at what your heroes got up to this year at Salem State…

WIZARDS & WARRIORS STEM SUMMER CAMP

Our heroes passed through The Gate Of Destiny and entered the magical realm of Sidleterra. They chose their respective Houses, got some combat training, and began their adventure with smiles and swords held high. Along the way, they studied the natural world around them, embarked on an archeological dig in an ancient burial ground, solved riddles and puzzles galore, and strengthened their understanding of the 3 Tenets of a Hero: Courage, Honor, and Compassion.
Creatures and characters littered their path as the adventure continued. The heroes met King Gilgamesh, a complex character, and fought alongside him in the shifting caverns. They gathered other magical allies and rid the land of the evil witch Baba Yaga. A cultural educator from the Center for Arabic Culture, Alma Richeh, arrived to teach the heroes about language and music.
In the final days of camp, the tablet of The Patrons went missing so our heroes traveled to a dark corner of Sidleterra where The Gate Of Destiny was originally crafted. They gathered information, banded together under a newly designed constitution, and defeated Tiamat’s giant army of evil. They also made boats…

I’ve literally made the best friends ever at Guard Up and they really taught, and are still teaching me, a lot about friendship and what it means to be a hero,” – Annika (Hero)
(Guard Up) is a place that allows children to have this amazing creativity in a space where they can be themselves,” – Lisa (Parent)

ZOMBIE STEM SUMMER CAMP

The Defenders entered the world of Asimov’s Foundation series, complete with the Galactic Empire, the Foundation resistance, and our big bad boss The Mule, a psychic mutant with control over the zombie hordes. They learned about the biology of the human brain while saving the helpful robot Daneel and vanquished The Mule by outsmarting his living dead henchmen.
The next week we introduced elements from Minority Report, specifically the concept of Pre-Crime. After learning about the concept, the campers decided that is was unethical to use it for themselves. They traversed a treacherous maze by solving parabolic equations, learned about punnet squares, and got to witness Marrow, the leader of the zombies, have a nice sloppy brain for lunch in the cafeteria (this was not served by our cooks, he brought it from home, we promise).

The environment here is really nice. You get to learn all the things that you would in school but in a fun and different way that’s very compelling,” – Panda (Monster Camper)
My son has been part of Guard Up for many many years and he loves the creativity, he loves working with the other kids, he loves being able to play different monsters, and I’m pretty sure he leaves a part of himself in Sidleterra every year,” – Liz (Parent)


Is your hero still itching for more summer camp excitement? We can help. King’s Watch Day Camp in Burlington is SOLD OUT next week but the final week (8/26 – 8/30) still has a few slots left. Register today and add one more week of adventure to your hero’s summer at www.guardup.com/campreg or give us a call at (781) 270-4800.
We’re looking forward to the next adventures on the horizon with great anticipation. Our storytellers have recently begun creating new interactive stories with a Moroccan cultural consultant, keeping with our standard of cultural respect and accuracy within our stories. Curious what this new tale will involve? Join your friendly local Guardians and find out for yourself…
…but before we dive into that, we’re thrilled to announce our big plans for October! (Hint: it’s got to do with Korea)

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