The Launch Program is designed to help young men grow in the virtues needed to be a leader. This is done through stories, classes, sports, games, and mentoring. The program promotes the idea that one’s high school career should be seen not only as an opportunity to pursue self-development, but also, and more importantly, as an opportunity to learn to put one’s talents at the service of others—in short, to become a leader.

The program includes reading aloud and discussing the play A Man for All Seasons, about the life of St. Thomas More. The organization class helps students realize how their plans and actions in the first year of high school are a great time to practice leadership qualities. We will also visit a few historical sights to gain an appreciation for what past leaders have done. Finally, a week-long debate tournament fosters the critical thinking and communication skills that leaders need today.

This program takes the place of the Sebago CIT trip, with additional content added to help prepare students for high school.

Each participant will also have an opportunity to grow closer to God through daily Mass, meditation, and rosary. The program takes place at the Wynnview farm in Randolf, VT.

Past trips have also included the following:

  • Tours of Lexington and Concord
  • Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
  • Boat tour of Lake Champlain
  • Hiking Mt. Washington

This year’s side trips and excursions will be determined by May 1st and communicated to those who have registered.

Who is eligible for this trip?

High school boys entering grade 9 in the Fall of 2022 are eligible to apply for the program.

Who are the staff of the program?

1. Raymond Le Grand

2. John Paul Lechner

3. Andy O’Meara

4. Fr. John Grieco

We will also have two counselors on the trip. Each of them is a high school student who has previous experience as a counselor.

What are the logistics of the program?

The trip will depart from Chestnut Hill at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022. It will return to Chestnut Hill by 6pm on Saturday, July 9th. The cost of the Program this year is $550. Scholarships are available upon request.

If you have any questions about the program, you can contact Raymond Le Grand at (972) 904-1002 or by email at

How do I apply for the program?

Register Here