Important Dates

Vanguard Gap Year Calendar

The program begins on September 10, 2022, and ends on April 29, 2023.

Coming soon: dates for the 2023-2024 Year

9/10/2022 Arrival Day
Mid-September Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Trip
11/23 - 11/26 Vanguard Hosted Thanksgiving
12/10 - 1/1 Christmas Break
End of February Mission/Immersion Trips
Early April Track Specific Trips
4/29/2023 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