Important Dates

Vanguard Gap Year Calendar

The 2024-2025 Vanguard year begins on September 14, 2024 and concludes on May 3, 2025.  

Dates for 2025-2026 will be available in January 2025. 

Dates Event
9/14/2024 Arrival Day
Mid-September Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Trip
11/27 - 11/30 Vanguard's Host Thanksgiving at HoneyRock
12/14/24 - 01/04/2025 Christmas Break
End of February Mission/Immersion Trips
Early April Track Specific Trips
05/03/2025 Departure Day

Dates to Know

Over Thanksgiving, Vanguards host their families at HoneyRock - they plan the activities, cook and serve the meal, and see to the smallest details. In the past, 100+ have gathered to celebrate the holiday together. Families to not only catch a glimpse into the Vanguard Year, but also spend quality time as individual families. It's a Thanksgiving you won't forget!

  • September: Wilderness Trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (6-7 days)
  • February/March:  Cross-Cultural Immersion Trips, international or domestic (12-14 days)
  • April: Track specific trips, domestic (1 week)


  • Families invited to Thanksgiving at HoneyRock
  • Three weeks at Christmas