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Vanguard: The Gap Year of Wheaton College

Explore Your Calling with a Gap Year

Vanguard is a gap year program for high school graduates seeking more than the status quo in their higher-education experience

Build a vision for the future by bridging the gap between high school and college with a year unlike any other: explore diverse cultures, navigate life's big questions, and live in a Christ-centered community. This year of hands-on education and leadership development will prepare you for the challenges of college and beyond.

Too often, gap years only focus on one aspect of life: service, earning credit, fun travels, etc... At Vanguard, we realize the importance of a well-balanced experience that prepares students for all aspects of life. Everything we do is geared towards building a robust set of experiences that form a firm foundation for students to launch their higher education experience. Hear from past and present Vanguards, who share their experience below:

Cultural Immersion

Community Life

Inquiry-Led Learning

Faith Formation

Work Rotations

Winter in the Northwoods




A Christian Gap Year in a Camp Environment

Vanguard takes place at HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College. At HoneyRock, we leverage the camp experience and environment to develop youth and young adults into rooted, courageous, and humble leaders.

HoneyRock is located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in the Nicolet National Forest on a chain of 28 lakes. It has over 900 acres of facilities and resources for activities, learning, and adventure. Since 1951, HoneyRock has provided college preparation, leadership development, and spiritual formation for youth and young adults.

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