- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Costa Rica
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Academic Year
- Start Month: September
- Category: Christian
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Dorm
- Application Deadline: 04/01/22
- Application Fee: $50
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
- Call: (715)479-7474
Christ-centered community, outdoor adventure, and time to ask life’s big questions – that’s what the Vanguard Gap Year is all about. Along the way, Vanguards travel, earn college credits, build work experience, and deepen their faith in Christ. Embrace the adventure, explore Vanguard!
The Vanguard Gap Year takes place at HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College. Located by the Nicolet National Forest in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, HoneyRock sits on 900 acres on a chain of 28 lakes. Since 1951, HoneyRock has provided college preparation, leadership development, and spiritual formation for youth and young adults. Continue reading to learn more about the Christian, liberal arts gap year of Wheaton College!
Christ-Centered Community: From family-style meals to bible studies to life on life interaction, Vanguards are encouraged, mentored, and discipled by our school year community. They join our school-year community of recent college grads, graduate students, professional staff (and their families!), and full-time volunteers. This diverse group represents over 30 college majors, 20+ colleges/universities, 15 states, and ranges in age from 2-72.
Outdoor Adventure: The year kicks off with a 6-day backpacking trip along the pristine Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. During the year, Vanguards participate in a wide variety of optional seasonal activities: rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, broomball, hockey, ice skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. While Vanguards need to like the outdoors, no previous outdoor experience is necessary to enjoy the year!
Cultural Exploration through Travel: Over the course of 9 months, Vanguards take three cultural immersion trips: 1) backpacking along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 2) Costa Rica with Students International 3) Lawndale Neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Between these 1-2-week experiences, Vanguards travel throughout the Northwoods and surrounding areas to learn about and participate in the unique offerings of our rural community.
Transferable College Credit: Instead of sitting on a computer or in a classroom to earn credits, Vanguards are taught 100% in person by Wheaton College staff, faculty, and guest professors in our dynamic environment. The outdoor activities, cultural immersion experiences, seminars, and community living are counted towards 8-12 transferable credits from Wheaton College.
Work Experience: Three days a week, Vanguards work alongside our professional staff in a number of operational areas of camp – guest services, barn, construction, kitchen, auto shop, grounds, and the office. In addition to learning practical life skills and developing a healthy work ethic, Vanguards are experiencing a wide variety of work environments that help discern their career path.
Vocational Discernment: Everything about the Vanguard Gap Year is geared towards vocational discernment – helping Vanguards build a compelling vision for their future that brings together their God-given strengths and passions.
Interested in learning how this all comes together in “a week in the life” of a Vanguard? Let’s connect at firstname.lastname@example.org