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Unique Tracks for Vanguard Gap Year Participants

Starting Fall 2021, Vanguards will have the opportunity to select to participate in one of three tracks during their Vanguard experience. 

The core Vanguard experience remains the same:

  • Three Immersion Trips - wilderness, international, and domestic
  • Meaningful Work and Service - all tracks contribute to learning important life skills and serving others
  • HoneyRock Community Involvement - through small groups, committees, outdoor activities, events, and meals
  • Vocational Discernment - one-on-ones, small groups, vocational exploration
  • Outdoor Engagement - participating in outdoor activities year-round
  • Community Living - residence-hall style living with shared rooms, bathrooms, and common areas
  • Local Community Service - partnering with local churches and ministries to learn from and serve the surrounding areas

The three tracks—Journeys, Adventure Ministry, and Equestrian—allow students to opt into special areas of interest. 

Three Vanguard Tracks

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Work Rotation Options: Construction, Grounds, Auto Shop, Media, Guest Services, Beehive, Kitchen

Domestic Trip: U.S. Based Urban Trip

Focus Conversations: power and value of work, vocational discernment


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Adventure Programming

Work Rotation Options: Retreat Services, Retail Store, Outdoor Activity Instruction, Special Seasonal Projects

Domestic Trip: U.S. Based Outdoor Ministry

Focus Conversations: power of hospitality and service, group facilitation, outdoor and adventure ministry


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Work Rotation Options: HoneyRock Equestrian Center (full-year)

Domestic Trip: U.S. Based Equestrian Travel

Focus Conversations: equestrian horse care, ministry through horses, area-related maintenance and service

Questions and Answers about Vanguard Tracks

No! The cost of the Vanguard Gap Year is the same no matter which track you choose.

Once a Vanguard has been accepted to the program and had confirmed their acceptance with a deposit, they can choose their track. Need more information before choosing a track? Reach out to vanguard@wheaton.edu to start the conversation!

Let's talk about it! Set up an informational interview with a Vanguard staff member to ask questions and learn more.

The tracks do not require an additional application. 

Once you have been accepted and pay your deposit for Vanguard you can choose your track.


Have Questions? Talk with the Vanguard Team!