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Greetings to all the wonderful denizens of Guardian Castle! This is Chris Wiley, the resident castle Quartermaster, Storymaster, and Pied Piper. Many of you we’ve come to know quite well over our past 20 years, while many of you are new to our castle. We can’t wait to start our new adventure season…

We are reaching out to welcome our heroes and heromakers (students and parents) in our classes to the Guardian Adventures crew, as well as to help us get to know you better. After the close of another epic summer, we are able to turn our eyes back to the myriad of classes at our castle. We want each of our classes to be a welcoming community that reflects the students in the program and is open to new heroes joining. We see heroes of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences come to us and we endeavor to build a world within our walls that welcomes all equally. Our wonderful Guardians (or instructors) are constantly working to increase the entertainment and engagement of our heroes.

We know that there are some new faces in our classes and new adventures starting in many of our programs. Change can be challenging for anyone and we want to make sure that any changes are productive and help create a more engaging class and a stronger community. We would love your help in building our community to be as strong as our castle walls! How can you help? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Class Assessments: We will be conducting assessments of all our students to check in on their progress, goals, and enjoyment in our classrooms. We would love for this to be a dialogue with our students and hear from you about any goals or challenges we can work together on.

Survey Responses: We recently released a survey that had a variety of questions to give us feedback on our past, present, and potential future programs. This survey will help guide us in making community-driven adjustments.

Live Feedback: Our Guardians (instructors) and Castle Captains (managers) try to touch base with as many heroes (and their heromakers for our younger heroes) whenever we can but with a castle this full it can be challenging. You are always welcome to reach out to us and set up appointments or talk in person anytime. Let us know when class is amazing and when there is something you think we can improve on.

Our programs and castle are only as good as the community it is built around. We like to think of ourselves as the bricklayers building up a strong and durable community. You amazing people are the mortar that helps hold all of us together. With your help, we can build a warm and welcoming castle that will stand as a beacon to all the heroes of the world.

Huzzah!

PS: Please feel free to reach out to our membership manager, Mikey Scofield, for any feedback, concerns, comments, or help that you need in making your experience as a member in our Guardian Adventures community even better. He is available by phone and email Tuesdays through Saturdays and is more than happy to work with you in any way, shape, or form to ensure your child’s success.

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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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