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Important Dates

Vanguard Gap Year Calendar

The program begins on September 12, 2020, and ends on May 1, 2021.

9/12/2020 Arrival Day
Mid-September Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Trip
11/25 - 11/29 Thanksgiving Break*
12/12-1/2 Christmas Breaks
End of February International Immersion: Costa Rica
Early April Urban Immersion: Chicago, IL
5/1/2021 Departure Day
5/2/21 - 5/14/21 Pre-Summer Break

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
  • February:  Cross-Cultural Immersion Trip to Costa Rica
  • March: Inner City Immersion Trip to Chicago


  • Three weeks at Christmas
  • Two weeks in spring