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.

This program takes the place of the Sebago CIT trip, with additional content added to help prepare students for high school. Each participant will 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 the Freedom Trail
  • Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
  • Boat tour of Lake Champlain
  • Hiking Mt. Monadnock

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?

The program is designed for high school students entering grade 9 in the Fall of 2023, but any high school student is eligible to apply.

Who are the staff of the program?

1. John Paul Lechner

2. Raymond Le Grand

3. Matthew Reilly

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 Monday, July 3rd, 2023. It will return to Chestnut Hill by 6pm on Friday, July 7th. 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 John Paul Lechner at 202-733-0771 or by email at

How do I apply for the program?

Registration will be made available soon