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Vanguard Gap Year

The Christian Gap Year of Wheaton College

Build a vision for the future by bridging the gap between high school and college with a year unlike any other. You'll 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.

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A Christian Gap Year by Wheaton College

Vanguard takes place at HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College. We leverage the camp environment to develop 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—owned and operated by Wheaton College—has provided college preparation, leadership development, and spiritual formation for youth and young adults. 

Explore a Day in the Life at Vanguard
honeyrock chapel in the fall
student petting a horse

New Fall 2021: Vanguard Tracks

Starting Fall 2021, Vanguards will have the opportunity to select to participate in one of three tracks during their Vanguard experience: Journeys, Adventure Ministry, and Equestrian.

Explore the Vanguard Tracks

Stories from Vanguard Gap Year

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vanguards in modern global literature seminar

Modern Global Literature at HoneyRock: A Vanguard Perspective

Blake Rittgers, Vanguard '21

"...We read Wheaton College’s Christ at the Core book The Plague by Albert Camus during their winter break. This was to prepare for thoughtful discussions on the book’s themes, characters, and literary devices. Throughout the week, the class also went through multiple short stories like “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Hermann Melville, and a few poems like Gwendolyn Brooks’ “God Works in a Mysterious Way”. Given the wide array of literature read in the class, we were able to explore what types of written works we enjoyed the most."

meg wolfe paints at honeyrock

Meant to Be Here at Vanguard Gap Year

Meg Wolfe, Vanguard '21

...I know that this is where God wants me to be. I feel like I belong. As I was reflecting in solitude on our backpacking trip I thought about all of the love I have received from the people here at HoneyRock. Even though I was physically alone, I felt the love of God and those around me almost like a big hug, saying “This is where you are meant to be.”

charlie goeke smiling at honeyrock

Helping our High Schoolers Reveal and Replace Idols with Christ

Charlie Goeke, School Year Director

Upheaval and uncertainty tend to highlight our deep-rooted fears and idols. Our emotions, actions, and things we cling to for comfort might point to idols in our lives that have taken over where Jesus should be in our lives. While I’m writing about juniors and seniors in high school confronting their idols, this is just as applicable to me and you...