Our fifth to eighth grade scholars had an incredible opportunity this summer — learning to sail! 

Half of the sailing camp participants were from Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis. Four of our scholars flew to Chicago for a two-week adventure including sailing lessons, visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and exploring the Lincoln Zoo. 

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis scholars at Jackson Park Yacht Club with Youth Empowered, Inc. of Indianapolis

This parent-led initiative by Youth Empowered introduced campers to first aid, CPR, swimming and sailing. On the weekend we engaged in STEM and nature activities, as well as seeing more of Chicago’s natural spaces.  

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis scholars at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as part of Youth Empowered, Inc sailing camp

Youth Empowered is a registered Indiana nonprofit committed to supporting the needs of disserviced youth, in grades 6-12. Youth Empowered develops a dynamic generation of future leaders through various youth-centered, faith-based, educational, and other social development activities. 

Vanguards at the lake in Chicago learning to sail with Youth Empowered

In order to learn to sail, our scholars had to get CPR-certified and take swimming lessons. The first week of camp included learning nautical terms (like jibing and tacking), parts of the boat (port and starboard) and how to turn. The second week focused on the main event — sailing. The skills learned over these two weeks are skills every scholar can apply throughout their lives; skills like patience, respect, responsibility and awareness. Cooperation and teamwork are also vital to a successful sail. The physical skills attained from swimming and sailing include agility, focus, and endurance. Learning to sail can impact fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and flexibility. 

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis scholar next to sail boat, wearing life jacket

For Vanguard, physical health matters as much as mental health and academic effort. We love to see our scholars thrive in new experiences and enjoy the impactful opportunities summer can provide.  Middle school is a time for accountability and adventure;  exploring what it means to leaders, in thought, word and action. Can you see your child here with us? Send your 5th – 8th grader to our safe, small and mighty tuition-free public middle school. Enrolling now


About Vanguard 

Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis is unapologetically focused on the academic success of our scholars, our fifth to eighth grade students. Situated in Central Indianapolis, we provide high-quality instruction, rigorous curriculum, and supportive character development. We create pathways to college success and to becoming leaders in thought, word, and action. Be a Vanguard, today!